Dr Marcia Leventhal
Thursday, February 28, 2013, 8:00 am Pacific, 9:00 am Mountain, 10:00 am Central, 11:00 am EST, 12:00 pm Atlantic, 6:00 pm Zurich, 7:00 pm Istanbul, Dubai 9:00 pm
Moving toward Optimum Health: How Dance Therapy Helps Move Us towards Transformation
"Igniting our life force, dance therapy moves us towards harmony with our soul's essence, offering enlightenment and unity with nature and humanity".
This quote, from the Marian Chace Foundation Bookmark Project of the American Dance Therapy Association by Dr. Leventhal, summarizes the power that dance has when applied in a healing situation. Dance Therapy has been used with numerous clinical populations (ie. Alzheimer, Autistic Children, Anxiety Disorders and Depression, the Frail Elderly, Parkinsons), as well as what we refer to as the normal, urban, functioning neurotic.
Dance Therapy offers us the opportunity to experience dance movement outside of a social dance, formal dance or exercise focused realm, where participants have the chance to find release, centering, insight, and the working through of personal issues in a non-threatening, non-competitive atmosphere. Dance movement therapy goes beyond the spoken word allowing us to have a four- dimensional, fully integrative experience in which there can become an alignment of body, mind, spirit and soul.In this special Careerwell interview, Marth Leventhal discusses how dance therapy helps us move toward transformation.
Director of New York University Dance Therapy program for 16 years, Dr. Marcia B. Leventhal played a key role in the development of dance therapy in the United States, Australia, Argentina, Japan, Sweden, Greece and Great Britain. Dr. Leventhal authored the first Masters Thesis written on Dance Therapy, anywhere worldwide, at UCLA. Dr. Leventhal (PhD in Clinical Psychology) currently directs Dance Therapy Training courses worldwide and offers Quantum Healing Dance (tm) workshops and integrated arts programs for various art, education and business organizations. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of The International Institute for Advanced Training in Dance Therapy. Courses from the Institute will begin in Turkey in April, 2013, in China June, 2013, and in San Francisco Fall, 2013. Dr. Marcia B. Leventhal is a former professional dancer and actor, is a former co-editor of the Journal of the ADTA and has served on the ADTA Board of Directors. Her latest book, Journey to The Heart of Matter, The Ancient Healing Art of Dance - A Blueprint For Change, is being readied for publication.
CLICK HERE to read Marcia Leventhal articles:
Moving Towards Meaning; The Journey from Creating in Dance to a Healing Paradigm of Dance Movement Therapy. World Congress on Dance Research, International Dance Council, CID.
A healing modality for women who have been subjected to violence ... Rooted in the mind-body connection, dance/movement therapy serves as a beneficial therapeutic approach when working with women who hav experienced violence and oppression.READ MORE...
Interview with Marcia Leventhal by Jane Refshauge
Dr. Leventhal is an Internationally known lecturer, workshop leader and Professor, who has developed many innovative techniques and been awarded grants and honors for her work in assisting human growth and development through the arts. She is committed to helping individuals re-discover the deeply healing/transformational potential in dance movement and the creative process. READ MORE...
Transformation and Healing through Dance Therapy: The Challenge and Imperative of Holding the Vision. Marcia Leventhal. American Journal of Dance Therapy. Volume 30 Number 1, June 2008.
...When we are in harmony with our energy or "vibration," we feel loved, at peace, in union with ourselves, and have access to a personal locus of control. When we are unable to sense this essence, or hav elost access to it, or don't trust its subtle emanations and guicance, we can become enmeshed in a co-dependent relationships, painful career choices, situations win which there is little feeling of satisfaction or success. READ MORE...
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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interviews. Our guest today, Dr. Marcia B. Leventhal, played a key role in the development of dance therapy in the United States, Australia, Argentina, Japan, Sweden, Greece and Great Britain. She was Director of New York University Dance Therapy program for 16 years and she authored the first Masters Thesis written on Dance Therapy, anywhere worldwide, at UCLA. Dr. Leventhal (PhD in Clinical Psychology) currently directs Dance Therapy Training courses worldwide. Welcome Dr. Marcia Leventhal.
- What is dance therapy?
- Is dance therapy the same as dance movement therapy? If not, what is the difference?
- How and why did you get into dance therapy?
- Why did you stop teaching at NYU after 17 years?
- What are you doing now and what are your career aspirations for the next 10 or 20 years?
- The last I heard you were planning to offer a dance therapy certificate program. Is that still in the works?
- Please describe the program - who it is for, qualifications, how long the program will be, what you will teach?
- Are there other dance therapy certificat programs? If so, what makes your program unique?
- How could dance therapy benefit counselors, career professionals and other helping professionals?
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