Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dance -- Hidden Language of the Soul

NORMAL is a nonprofit organization that educates about the therapeutic impact of the arts in the learning and healing processes.  For the five years we have been educating in schools with award-winning arts programs, we have seen the positive impact the arts have in both the educational and medical environments.  In a May 2011 report issued by The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) entitled, Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools, reveal that "the process of making art -- whether it is written performed, sculpted, photographed, filmed, danced, or painted -- prepares children for success in the workforce not simply as artists, but all professions."*
This series educates about the array of expressive arts that are useful in the healing process -- specifically -- from eating disorders and other addictions.  The focus of this article is dance/movement therapy (DMT).
According to the American Dance Therapy Association, dance/movement therapy is: The psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual. ADTA promotes the use of dance and movement as powerful tools for mental and emotional health.
As a collaborator on David Alvarado's documentary about expressive arts therapies in the treatment of eating disorders, I met Susan Kleinman -- a featured Dance and Movement Therapist (DMT) in the film.
Art Therapy Doc Demo from David Anthony Alvarado on Vimeo.  Copyright 2011 David Alvarado.  All rights reserved.

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