Dance Sessions

Sharon Chaiklin, ADTR, studied with dance therapy pioneer Marian Chace in the mid-1960s at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC. For over ten years, beginning in the 1980s, she taught in the Goucher College Graduate Dance Therapy Program in Baltimore. Sharon also helped to create the first dance therapy program in Israel at the University of Haifa in 1980-1981. Chaiklin has presented at many conferences and has led workshops in this country and abroad. She has published a number of articles, and is co-editor of a book that is due to be published in July. Active in the founding of the American Dance Therapy Association, she served as its first vice-president and later as president. Sharon currently serves as President of the Marian Chace Foundation of the American Dance Therapy Association. She has worked as a dance therapist, primarily in psychiatric hospitals and private practice, for over 34 years.

Plenary Session

Snoopy Said It: To Dance is to Live!


It All Starts with a Breath: Dance/Movement Therapy

The body and its mechanisms are responsible for everything we are capable of being, doing, and experiencing—physically, emotionally, cognitively, even spiritually. As human beings, it is not unusual for us to be restless regarding who we are within our bodies. Much depends on whether our current or previous life experiences are affirming and sustaining, or confound us with challenges, stumbling blocks, or obstacles. This workshop will explore how to attend to the body’s messages, and how to allow the self to use the body to create in and through space via the medium of dance. Participants will have time for self-discovery and learning, as well as communication and connection with others, as they move and interact within the group. Dance Therapy theory and techniques will be the grounding to enable experiential learning in an open dialogue through words, sound, and movement.

Music and Dance Are Partners: Exploring Two Dynamic Spaces (with Robbins)

In dance we have the freedom to move in physical space; in music, the freedom to move in tonal space. In this creative adventure, the session leaders will collaborate with participants to explore these two dynamic spaces. Linked by the elements of movement and rhythm, a spectrum of expressivity and meaning can be communicated, depending on the tempo, complexity, and intensity with which the dancer dances and the music maker “musics.” Participants will explore the possibilities for spontaneous discovery and aesthetic creation that these two spaces, one mysteriously within the other, offer us: As we dance so shall we music—and as we music, so shall we dance.