Dance and Dementia

I'm heading into Halifax this next week to share the work on how dance and dance therapy addresses dementia in the aging brain/body. As I also have an aging brain/body, my interest in the ways in which dancing can help forestall a precipitous decline has increased. A lot! My first experience with dance therapy with …

Ways of Seeing

What does this mean? Dr. Suzi Tortora is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist who works with infants, children, and parents using her copious skills to engage in a highly effective therapy. She has clarified her approaches over a myriad of observation and intervention skills into a methodology she calls Ways …

Why creative dance and not ballet class?

Learning to move and moving to learn are interchangeable aspects of every child's growth and development.  From stretching in a yawn to exploring the visual field in infancy, from reaching for a toy to crawling across the room to mama as a baby, to dancing to music and rolling down a hill as a young …

Collective Effervescence through Dance

Richard (aka "The Husband") spends hours on the internets looking for interesting articles about the many MANY interests he has: nuclear energy, US politics, Cats that Look Like Hitler (yes, this is real), India news services, and movement studies. Today he found this:  https://aeon.co/videos/dance-seems-to-be-the-ultimate-frivolity-how-did-it-become-a-human-necessity? From the video: "Collective effervescence is a flow--a sense that the …

The Impact of Dance

I caught up today with my colleague and friend, Charné, on her great work on evaluating the outcomes of a dance therapy program, a process she has evolved over the past decades to the point where we all need to be using it to identify what works in our interventions. First of all, watch this …