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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Saturday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Therapeutic Dance & Yoga-Based Movement for Special Needs

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ROOM 710

Based on principles of dance/movement therapy and yoga, we will explore the basic tenets of Dance For All (DFA), a creative, therapeutic program for adolescents and adults with special needs that is easily adaptable to younger populations. After an introduction to the DFA philosophy, (that special needs is an extension of universal global needs and behavior is communication), participants will experience, discuss, and practice the basic format of a therapeutic class, creating a ritual with a beginning, middle, and end. Participants will learn specific, practical and playful tools for raising and grounding energy while establishing group cohesion. They will learn and experience the concept of teaching as a structured improvisation, creating a lesson plan that invites and empowers creativity for both the leader and the student. All of this, while exploring the power of creative self expression through movement for social, emotional and cognitive learning. Neither dance nor yoga experience is required.


Kathy Cass, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CYT

Kathy Cass, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CYT, E-RYT, founded the non-profit therapeutic dance/yoga organization, Chance to Dance, which served all ages and abilities and continues under the direction of her protégé under the new name Dance for All. She served three years (one, as head) on the national BC-DMT panel of the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board. Kathy is currently Director of Programs-Activities for Belmont Village Senior... Read More →

Hilary Kern, MA, AT, CYT

Hilary Kern, MA, AT, CYT, is the director of Dance For All, after having been mentored by founder Kathy Cass. She has initiated yoga-based programs in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and in its School-Age Parent and Infant Development program. Hilary provides art therapy to children, adolescents, families, and adults at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, Masada Homes, and the Maple Counseling Center. She brings her... Read More →

Saturday November 8, 2014 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Executive Conference Center 1601 Broadway, New York, NY