This past weekend I attended the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) 49th Annual Conference. It was certainly a whirlwind- full of learning, networking, re-connecting with dance/movement therapy friends, and, most importantly, a reminder of why I love the work that I do. Below are photos and reflections highlighting my experience at the conference.
1. Conference presentation preparation Wednesday during lunch hour.
2. Attending Martha Eddy’s BodyMind Dancing half-day intensive. Maybe one day I’ll train with her in New York and expand my Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) knowledge. If you don’t know about Eddy, look her up… now.
3. Thursday afternoon commuter pal while taking the Blue Line home from the conference.
4. Hearing Danielle Frankel say “Dance in of itself is inherently healing,” at the Friday morning breakfast meeting.
5. Supporting a friend and fellow Columbia College Chicago DMT/GL-CMA alum at the Research Poster Session.
6. Witnessing your co-presenter and good friend receive an award presented by THE Sharon Chaiklin.
7. Lenore Hervey’s Marian Chace Foundation of the ADTA Lecture was stunning and a beautiful demonstration of her research methodology, Artistic Inquiry. She also blogs, you can find it here.
8. Attending the seminar titled, “Reigning the therapist’s projections; cultivating the compassionate witness,” led by Robyn Lending Halsten and Susan Cahill. This by far was my favorite seminar of the conference. It was a beautiful integration of dance/movement therapy theory, Janet Adler’s Authentic Movement, and Internal Family Systems counseling theory.
9. Collapsing on a hotel couch from conference exhaustion.
10. Dinner and dancing at the Saturday night banquet. I borrowed a pair of sassy salsa shoes which was MUCH better than wearing sambas with my dress.
11. Spending time with my cohort throughout the conference.
12. Receiving positive feedback about my blog and realizing that people DO in fact read it. I even met and chatted with a fellow blogger (and new friend), comparing our thoughts and ideas about dance/movement therapy’s web presence.
13. Presenting my thesis research alongside my friend and colleague; post-presentation hugs and smiles.