Current Events and Announcements
Thesis Student Lindsay Copeland Presents Her Research Findings
Lindsay Copeland explored the topic of self-compassion on April 5th, presenting and performing in front of an audience of peers, alumni, and faculty. Her thesis topic, A Butterfly Emerges: A Search for Self-Compassion as a Dance/Movement Therapy Student, illuminated the benefits of self-compassion during her time as a student and emerging therapist and showcased its application for others in the field of DMT and conseling fields. Wonderfully done, Lindsay!
Stephen Petronio Company Conducts Master Class for Current Students and MA Applicants
This past Saturday, the Stephen Petronio Company held a master class with DMT students; applicants for academic year 2013, who were attending the movement admissions interview, were invited to observe. The class focused on the rigors of the dancing body, creating a movement experience that pushed participants’ physical expression to its limit. Participants explored the emotional and sensual contours of Petronio’s signature contemporary technique—a technique that is dynamically challenging with its quick shifts, fiercely kinetic pace, and innovative fusion of dance styles. After the class, there was a Q & A and discussion in which Susan Imus, department chair, Baraka de Soleil, Dance Center Community Outreach Coordinator, and Stephen Petronio, founder and Artistic Director of the Stephen Petronio Dance Company, explored these dance techniques as applicable to therapeutic interventions.
Department featured in Dance Teacher Magazine
Alumna Ande Welling, faculty members Susan Imus and Stacey Hurst, and student Ashley Fargnoli were featured in the March issue of Dance Teacher.
Alumni Dance Concert March 7-8!
Student Wins Weisman Award
Courtney St. Clair received a Weisman for her dance film The Tides of a Broken Moon, which takes a kinetic look at preconceived notions about the body. Rooted in years of research on psychological healing, The Tides of a Broken Moon challenges viewers with innovative use of space and movement. Dancers in the film imaginatively interact with the sprawling Chicago metropolis at various hours of the day, most notably dawn and dusk. The film aims to draw the audience’s attention to visual aspects of the city during these transitional time frames, while also highlighting the aesthetic quality of moving bodies in relationship.
Uncovering Voices: Breaking the Silence Around Human Trafficking
Thesis student Amy VanBeclaere helped create a 20 minute video about human trafficking. Check it out here! Amy's work was sponsored by the Heartland fellowship.
Warren Lamb Lecture Series
The department will hold its Warren Lamb lecture on 2/23, 5-7PM, in 916 S Wabash, room 150. RSVP to Bethany by 2/16: email@example.com or 312.369.7697.
MOVED Announces Another Student-led Concert
The department's student organization, MOVED, performed to a full audience on November 30th at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theatre.
This program is part of The Chicago Moving Company Performance Project. The Chicago Moving Company is in residence at Hamlin Park, through the Chicago Park District’s Arts Partners in Residence Program, which unites artists and communities in Chicago’s parks.
Faculty Article to Appear in AJDT
Jessica Young's article "Bringing My Body into My Body of Knowledge as a Dance/Movement Therapy Educator" will be published in the next issue of the American Journal of Dance Therapy. The article was published online first and is available through SpringerLink.com to all American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) members.
Alumna Earns Marian Chace Award
Emma Barton (‘09) received the Marian Chace Award during this year’s annual American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) Conference in Albuquerque, NM. The Marian Chace Foundation* encourages scholarship through this award, recognizing authors whose works have appeared in the American Journal of Dance Therapy and have stemmed from their graduate theses. Barton received the award for her article “Movement and Mindfulness: A Formative Evaluation of a Dance/Movement and Yoga Therapy Program with Participants Experiencing Severe Mental Illness,” which appeared in American Journal of Dance Therapy, 33(2) in 2011. Since the December 2011 issue, four former students have been published in the AJDT (Emma Barton, Kimberly Schmidt, Alexandria Callahan, and Lindsay Stuart).
DMTC Department alumni and faculty have also received several awards from the ADTA over the past 6 years including:
- Excellence in Education Award (Susan Imus, Chair, 2006; Lenore Hervey, Retired Faculty, 2011)
- President's Award for outstanding service in the American Dance Therapy Association (Stacey Hurst, Faculty, 2009)
- Leader of Tomorrow Award (Shannon Lengerich, Faculty, 2006; Nancy Tonsy, Faculty, 2009; Laura Allen, Faculty, 2011; Akiko Nishida, Alumna/Internship Supervisor/Guest Lecturer, 2012)
*The Marian Chace Foundation of the American Dance Therapy Association is a non-profit organization established for the purposes of furthering educational, scientific, literary and artistic development of dance/movement therapy.
Parents Get a Glimpse of DMT during Parent Weekend
During the hectic Parent Weekend at Columbia College Chicago, Nell McCarty, 1st year MA student, and Julie Brannen, 2nd year MA and GL-CMA student, led relaxation groups for attendees. Parent weekend gives parents of first year students a better feel for the school; parents were exhausted from campus tours, and many of them had hours to drive home. Nell and Julie took the opportunity to learn what the group needed and helped prepare them for their next journey—whether it was back to Nebraska or the building next door. Read more on Shaping Community, the department’s community outreach blog.
Photos by Alexis Ellers
Two Students Win Weisman Awards
Congratulations to Ashley Fargnoli and Deanna Repic for winning Albert Weisman Scholarships. The Weisman allows students to complete a significant body of work, marking the passage from experimentation and exploration to making a singular artistic statement.
Deanna Repic performing an excerpt from Embodied Stories. Photo by Daniel Smith.
Ashley won this award for continued work on a documentary on dance/movement therapy. The film, “DMT,” depicts survivors of human trafficking, extreme poverty, abuse, and other traumatic scenarios, in their recovery process. India serves as the vibrant backdrop for the story.
Ashley says, “Instead of over sensationalizing and exploiting the sensitive pasts of the film’s protagonists, ‘DMT’ focuses on the here and now and the successes and challenges they must face during the transformative process.” She adds that even though human trafficking has appeared in mainstream media, the rehabilitation process is often overlooked. She hopes the project will raise awareness of human trafficking and dance/movement therapy.
Deanna has used the Weisman for “Embodied Stories,” a 60-minute fictional theater piece that she wrote and performed as a part of her graduate thesis. Inspired by her experience working as a dance/movement therapist at a psychiatric hospital, “Embodied Stories” focuses on the many facets of mental illness and allows the audience to empathize and reflect on the courage of individuals struggling with mental illness in Chicago.
According to Deanna, “Historically, theatre provides the opportunity for catharsis through the truth of human stories. ‘Embodied Stories’ uses dance/movement therapy as an inroad for intervention and advocacy for individuals battling mental illness. It produces hope in places where hope is often unseen.”
These works are on display September 4, 2012 - November 2, 2012. Visit the 2012 Albert P. Weisman Award Exhibition at 618 S. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor (The Arcade). Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
2 Scholarships Awarded at Research Celebration
Each year, the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Department at Columbia College Chicago sponsors a thesis student to present his or her thesis research at the annual American Dance Therapy Association Conference. Emily D'Annunzio received this award during the department’s annual Research Celebration and will share her work in progress —Performance as therapy: An intervention for adults with developmental disabilities— at the conference’s Research and Thesis Project Poster Session in Albuquerque, NM.
Emily D'Annunzio at the Research Celebration
Another student, Amy VanBecelaere, was selected for the Ellen Stone Belic International Research Award. Amy will be collecting information to develop a DMT program with children and adolescents who have experienced human trafficking in Belize.
Student/Faculty Dance Concert a Success
On July 26th, the department celebrated its 30th year in conjunction with its 13 annual Student/Faculty Dance Concert. DMT pioneer Jane Ganet Sigel attended (shown below). Ganet Sigel started Columbia College Chicago's Dance/Movement Therapy program in 1982. Also on that evening, a scholarship created in Ganet Sigel's name was awarded to student Mallory Ingram. Congratulations Mallory!
From left: Susan Imus, chair, Jane Ganet Sigel. Photo taken by Susan Cahill, alumnus.
VetCAT receives grants
The Veterans Creative Arts Therapy (VetCAT) program was recently awarded grants to start a six-week pilot beginning July 13.
Student Interviewed in Newspaper
First year student Julie Brannen was featured in a Florida newspaper, speaking about dance with Parkinson's disease patients and the role of dance/movement therapy. Way to go, Julie!
6th Alumni Concert a Success
This year's alumni dance concert was standing room only. Our generous alumni, and their friends and families, raised over $3,000. Congratulations to our alumni coordinators, Laura Allen, Kristy Combs, Kyla Gilmore, and Kris Larsen, and all of our fabulous participants!
Schweitzer Fellowship Workshop
Program Chair, Susan Imus, lead an experiential workshop for Schweitzer Fellows in early November to introduce dance/movement therapy.
Schweitzer Fellows Program Director Ray Wang wrote to us
Thank you for your marvelous dance/movement therapy and counseling presentation and experiential workshop for the Schweitzer Fellows. You gave an informative, engaging and inspiring overview of the therapeutic uses of movement, and from the smiles and wholehearted participation of the Fellows, I am convinced that the workshop you gave will be an experience they will long remember and appreciate. Although we sometimes have had “ice breakers” for Fellows over the years, I don’t think we’ve ever had one quite so successful at getting the Fellows to “lose themselves” and be in the present moment with each other. I am guessing that some of them will be motivated to further explore the potential benefits of dance movement therapy and other arts therapies for their clients (and possibly themselves) in the future.
Student-led Fall Concert
Students organized and performed in late November to raise money for MOVED, their student organization. Using a kickstarter page, they were able to raise enough money to cover the cost of the venue. Between this initial effort and concert ticket sales, they yeilded over $1200!
We're so proud of you!
Photo By Matt Dinerstein, insight pictures
Announcing our NEW Certification Program:
The Movement Pattern Analysis Consultant Certificate
Second Year Student Published
Heidi Landgraf has published an article in Dance Studio Life. Congratulations Heidi!
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