Tag: dance therapy

This Organization Is Bringing Dance to Hospitalized Children

Dancin Power’s first student refused to dance. Morg’Ann was a teenager with a chronic illness who had been in the hospital for three months. “She looked at me and said, ‘I’m not going to dance; I’m in a wheelchair,’ ” remembers Dancin Power founder Vania Deonizio. But Deonizio is not one to give up. She […]

Got Quarantine Burnout? Here Are 4 Ways to Deal

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Broadway revival of West Side Story to close on March 12, just three weeks after its official opening, cast member Michelle Mercedes was thrown for a loop. “I made my Broadway debut in the show, and to have that ripped away was very jarring,” she says. “I’m continuing to […]

The Power of Dance to Help Us Cope With Trauma

I’ve had a complicated relationship with dance over the years—from a young girl hell-bent on pursuing a career, to a professional injured on the brink of success, to a grown woman who shunned the art form for years to avoid dealing with physical and emotional pain. But in the midst of the pandemic, hit with […]

The Importance of Dancing From an Embodied Perspective (Now More Than Ever)

Did you know that you can dance while being completely out of touch with your body? It seems counterintuitive. Yet the stress of daily responsibilities, through a pandemic nonetheless, takes its toll and we look for ways to escape or even numb over. With all of life’s uncertainty right now, it’s common—and often necessary—to disconnect, […]

Ballet Was the Start of My #MeToo Recovery

Before I was ready for therapy, I had ballet. To be clear, dancing came with difficulty for me. But the experience—with the right teacher—was deeply healing. The thing that helped me start to unite my mind with my body was my teacher’s unique use of language, of words, matched with the movement. I had tried […]