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About the Contributors

Thania Acarón PhD (University of Aberdeen, Scotland),MEd (New York University), DMP is a performer, choreographer and dance movement therapist from Puerto Rico, currently based in Scotland and Wales. She obtained her PhD on the role of dance in violence prevention and is currently working as a Performing Arts Lecturer at University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Thania offers international workshops on movement and wellbeing and interdisciplinary practice and is co-artistic director of Orphaned Limbs Collective. www.thania.info; www.orphanedlimbs.com .

Beatrice Allegranti PhD is Reader in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Director of the Centre for Arts Therapies Research at the University of Roehampton. She is Senior Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor, ADMPUK. Her international experience encompasses choreography and filmmaking as well as clinical practice and supervision. Her clinical experience spans UK NHS work in adult mental health, dementia, special needs, autism, and training staff in Dementia Units to engage with service users through kinesthetic empathy in treatment. Beatrice’s feminist research investigates the boundaries and politics of moving bodies in performance, psychotherapeutic and scientific contexts. Beatrice is passionate about the power of the arts as a vehicle for not just showing – but of ‘knowing’ – giving us a way to understand the complexity of human experiences in a multilayered and creative way. She has numerous publications.

Abdulazeem Saud Alotaibi PhD (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh) is head of physical education and Kinesiology at Qassim University , Alqassim, Saudia Arabia and has MSc in Kinesiology. His special interest is in movement therapy with children who have mild learning difficulties.

Diane Amans is a freelance dance artist, lecturer and consultant offering professional development, arts and health projects, evaluation and mentoring. She is course tutor on the annual Introduction to Community Dance Practice summer school organised by People Dancing: Foundation for Community Dance and runs a similar course for the Japan Contemporary Dance Network in Osaka. In the UK she delivers training and follow up mentoring for dance artists, volunteers and activity leaders working with groups in a range of settings around the country. Her published work spans dance in communities, arts and health sectors, including dance with older people. Diane is a 2014 Winston Churchill Fellow and has worked with community dance practitioners in Australia and New Zealand.

Photeini Athanasiadou, MSc, RDMP has worked as a primary school teacher in Anatolia College, Greece for three years. She has been involved in NGO activities, working with deprived children with emotional difficulties on a voluntary base. She has also worked with dementia suffers, children on the Autistic Spectrum and adults on the Autistic Spectrum as a Dance Movement Psychotherapy student.

Zoë Avstreih PhD is Professor Emeritus (Naropa University), the Founder and Director of the Center for the Study of Authentic Movement, is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (American Dance Therapy Association), a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado and a Licensed Psychoanalyst and Creative Arts Therapist in New York State. Currently she devotes her professional time to offering retreats and training opportunities for mature individuals to immerse in the practice of Authentic Movement for personal and professional development. A pioneer in the development of Authentic Movement, she lectures and teaches internationally and has published widely in the field.

Gonzalo Bacigalupe EdD (University of Massachusetts Amherst), MPH (Harvard University), is Professor of the Master of Science in Family Therapy Program and the PhD in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, College of Education & Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a Visiting Senior Researcher at the National Research Center for Integrated Management of Natural Disasters and Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile. He is a representative of the APA International Relations in Psychology Committee and is member of several editorial boards and co-editor of Psicoperspectivas, an open source Chilean psychology journal dedicated to the interface of the individual with society.

Jane Bacon is a Professor of Dance, Performance and Somatics at the University of Chichester and has a private practice as a Jungian Analyst, Focusing Trainer and Authentic Movement practitioner. She teaches Authentic Movement and is Co-Director of The Choreographic Lab and Co-Editor of Choreographic Practices Journal. Her key interest is to creative processes, artistic, psychological, and spiritual approaches such as ‘focusing’, ‘active imagination’ and ‘mindfulness’. Her work is widely published.

Fiona Bannon PhD is Chair of Dance in Higher Education in the UK and is based at the University of Leeds, working with students exploring collaborative practice, choreography, research methods and improvisation. Her main work with doctoral researchers touches on investigations of varied arts practice as research. Current research includes the preparation of a manuscript, ‘Approaching collaborative practices: ethical considerations in performance and dance’. Fiona is part of the team currently exploring the re-launch of World Dance Alliance-Europe.

Nancy Beardall PhD BC-DMT, LMHC, CMA is the Dance/Movement Therapy Coordinator in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. As a dance/movement therapist, consultant, Certified Movement Analyst, and educator, her work has focused on dance, dance/movement therapy and cognitive, social/emotional and relational development using dance/movement therapy and the expressive arts in the public schools. Her community building programs through the expressive arts have involved students, parents and community members. She is the co-author of Marking Connections: Building Community and Gender Dialogue in Secondary Schools. She is active in the American Dance Therapy Association and currently serves on the Approval Committee, Educator’s Committee and ADTA Standards Task Force.

Bettina Bläsing PhD is a postdoctoral researcher and responsible investigator at the Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University, Germany. Her academic background is in biology, leading to work as scientific editor and science journalist for various newspapers, as scientific coordinator at Leipzig University, and she conducted postdoctoral work in Leipzig, before joining the Neurocognition and at Bielefeld University, Germany. Her main research interests are mental representations of body, movement and space, the control and learning of complex movements and manual actions, and expertise in dance.

Jan Bolwell is a choreographer, dance educator, performer and playwright. She is director of Wellington’s Crows Feet Dance Collective, a community dance company for mature women. Since its inception in 1999 she has created 25 works for the company, including The Armed Man in commemoration of WW1 and ‘Hãkari: The Dinner Party’ which examines the lives of 10 iconic historic and contemporary women from Asia and the Pacific. She has also written and performed in five plays all of which have toured extensively throughout New Zealand. Jan works as a tertiary dance educator. She writes education resources for the Royal New Zealand Ballet and is an advisor to Te Kura, New Zealand’s national distance education school.

Iris Bräuninger PhD (University of Tübingen) MA (Laban Centre/City University London) completed her dance studies (TELOS Dance Theatre) in Stuttgart. She is a certified psychotherapist (ECP), registered senior dance therapist, supervisor (BTD, and former board member) and KMP notator. She works as associated psychology researcher (Universities of Heidelberg Germany & Deusto Spain) and tutor and teacher (DMT Master Studies, UAB Barcelona). She has published numerous articles and the book: " Tanztherapie". Iris has nearly 20 years of clinical practice in hospital & psychotherapeutic settings. and was former deputy head (Physio / DMT Dept., Psychiatric University Hospital Zürich).

Jo Burgay-Orr, MSc (Queen Margaret University), studied dance from the age of three at the Susan Robinson School of Ballet and completed her training at the Royal Ballet School. She worked and performed as a professional ballet dancer under her maiden name Bungay, primarily with the Scottish Ballet before embarking on her studies in Dance Movement Psychotherapy. Jo has mainly worked with children in mainstream schools but also has experience with adult mental health groups in Glasgow. She now lives with her husband and their young twins in Scotland.

Ramsay Burt PhD is a Professor of Dance and Head of Dance at De Montfort University, UK. His publications include aspects of gender, race and modernity. In 2013-2014, with Professor Christy Adair, he undertook a two year funded research project into British Dance and the African Diaspora which culminated in an exhibition at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. With Susan Foster, he is founder editor of Discourses in Dance. Since 2008 he has been a regular visiting teacher at PARTS in Brussels.

Luis Calmeiro, PhD., MSc. is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Abertay University, Dundee. His research focuses on stress, cognitive appraisals and coping mechanisms when performing under pressure, and on the study of health-related behavioural and psychosocial correlates of physical activity and wellbeing. He maintains a number of national and international collaborations and his work has been published in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of sport and exercise psychology and public health.

Athina Copteros is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist and PhD student at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. Her work currently focuses on the relationality between people and ecology and the role that body and movement can play in healing the split within and between ourselves, each other and our environment. Coming from a country with a history of colonialism and apartheid, social justice is critical to her work and involves a focus on creating effective agency. Her PhD with a transdisciplinary group of researchers explores ways of working within transdisciplinary complex social-ecological systems using DMP.

Chan Nga Shan is a dancer, dance instructor and choreographer and a dance movement psychotherapist. After graduating from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Shan began her career working in different media with different artists including visual arts, films, site specific dance, musical, theatre performances and international commercial events with renowned brands. As a dancer, Shan has always been fascinated with the power of movements and began her journey to discover the knowledge of dance movement psychotherapy. Her main area of interest is in non-pharmaceutical interventions for mental illness. She has worked with adults showing symptoms of schizophrenia, dementia, autism and children with special needs. Shan is recently volunteering in Kenya and China, providing DMP sessions to kids suffering from HIV and children with traumatic experiences.

Joan Davis is a certified BMC® practitioner, Authentic Movement practitioner and a Hakomi Sensorimotor Trauma Psychotherapist based in Wicklow, Ireland. She pioneered contemporary dance in Ireland in the 1970s & 1980s and has experimented with collaborative art as a professional artist and therapist. She has authored two books on Authentic Movement and performance. She has developed and taught somatic practice for many years. In 2012, she began Origins, a 3 year somatically-based training, approved by ISMETA, of the human developmental and evolutionary process from pre-conception to standing.

Louise Douse PhD is a Lecturer in Dance at the University of Bedfordshire specialising in dance and technology, on which she has presented papers at several international conferences. She is the Secretary of the Laban Guild in the UK and continues to develop her research in the area of movement analysis and optimal experience. Louise has also recently been granted funding from her institution for research in the area of, and motivation in, student learning with the aim of developing an interactive digital tool for skill development and personal goal setting.

Kim Dunphy PhD has worked as a dance educator and therapist in a range of settings, including community groups, schools, hospitals and disability services. She has lectured in dance education at Deakin and Melbourne Universities and dance movement therapy at RMIT University. She is a partner in Making Dance Matter, a consultancy which contributes to evidence for the efficacy of dance-movement and other expressive arts therapies. Her PhD thesis (Deakin University, Melbourne) investigated ‘The role of participatory arts in social change in East Timor’.

Mark Edward PhD is a performance artist, dance maker and educator. He has worked for Rambert Dance Company, Senza Tempo Dance Theatre and with Penny Arcade in her seminal work Bad Reputations. Mark’s principle research areas include gender, sexuality, ageing and wellbeing in performance. He has published in scholarly and non-academic books and journals in these areas. At the core of his investigations is the idea of self in research, or, as Mark puts it, ‘mesearch’. Mark was awarded a PhD in 2016 for his mesearching into ageing in dance and drag queen performance cultures. He continues to deliver his mesearch at various conferences throughout the world and creates work for various companies and arts organisations.

Barbara Erber MSc (Dance Movement Psychotherapy – distinction) also holds a Diploma in Integrative Bodywork. She first trained in various forms of Music Therapy. Illnesses in her teens and early twenties led her on a profound healing journey, which inspired a passionate discovery of psychotherapy and the world of the body and movement. Barbara has been working with traumatised adults and children in various settings, focusing on the relationship between trauma and physical symptoms. Her life and work are profoundly influenced by the Discipline of Authentic Movement. She recently embarked on a PhD studying how fear of self-expression is processed in Authentic Movement.

Paola Esposito PhD (Social Anthropology) MA (Visual Anthropology) is an Honorary Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, currently revisiting her interest in somatic modes of attention from a medical anthropology perspective. She specialises in the cultural significance of the Japanese and transnational dance butoh, exploring the sensory and imaginative dimensions of butoh training and performing. Paola’s fieldwork and apprenticeship among butoh dancers in Japan and the UK has provided the basis for developing her own particular style of butoh dancing. She delivers butoh-inspired movement and somatic awareness classes, and she has choreographed and performed with the dance groups Café Reason and When my Grandfather was a Fish.

Anita Forsblom, PhD is a music therapist, supervisor, dance/movement therapist, FAMI (Fellow of The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and music) granted by the Association for Music and Imagery (USA). She is a private practitioner of music therapy and dance/movement therapy in Finland and she is interested in people’s experiences of music listening and therapy processes in music therapy and dance movement therapy.

Carolyn Fresquez received a M.Sc. in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a registered member with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy, United Kingdom (ADMP UK). She received her undergraduate degree in Creative Studies, Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Carolyn believes strongly in a mind-body connection, in movement’s capacity for transformation, and in the power of a therapeutic relationship. She has experience working with a variety of people and clients, in many different artistic, therapeutic, and educational capacities. Ms. Fresquez lives with her family in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Thomas Fuchs, MD, PhD, is a Psychiatrist and philosopher, and Jaspers Professor and head of the section “Phenomenological Psychopathology and Psychotherapy” at the Dept. of Psychiatry in Heidelberg, Chairman of the Section “Philosophical Foundations of Psychiatry” of the German Psychiatric Association (DGPPN), Fellow of the Marsilius-Kolleg (Center for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies) University of Heidelberg. His major research areas are Phenomenological psychopathology, psychology and psychotherapy; coherence and disorders of self-experience, phenomenology and cognitive neuroscience, history and ethics of medicine and psychiatry.

Doran George PhD (UCLA, U.S.A.) has published extensively on Somatic training in late 20th century contemporary dance. He trained at the European Dance Development Center (NL). He has secured public and other funding (eg. Arts Council of England, British Council) for choreography that interrogates the construction of (trans)gender, queer, and disabled identities. He also applies dance in non-arts contexts, e.g. in residency with the Alzheimer’s Association. Doran produces academic and professional symposia and conferences, while in universities, art colleges, and professional dance, and teaches critical and studio courses in dance, performance, and cultural studies.

June Gersten Roberts PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Dance at Edge Hill University, Liverpool, where she teaches dance theory and choreography. Her dance videos and tactile installations explore secluded worlds and sensory experiences, closely observing texture, skin and incidental movement. She works with artists from the disciplines of dance, writing and visual arts to create video and textile installations, exploring feelings and relationships, and has worked on numerous dance projects.

Nancy Goldov, PsyD., is a board-certified dance/movement therapist and licensed psychologist in private practice. She provides psychoanalytic psychotherapy, dance/movement therapy, and learning disabilities assessments to adolescents and adults in Seattle, Washington. She is the Public Education Chair of the Washington State Psychological Association, and is also a dancer and musician.

Marie-Helene Grosbras PhD holds the research chair of Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives at Aix Marseille University. Her research interests include the relationships between the control of action and the control of perception with a particular interest in social perception. More precisely she studies how the brain mechanisms involved in those processes can change as a function of experience, brain damage, or development. She uses a variety of psychophysics and brain imaging techniques in healthy humans (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Electroencephalography, non-invasive brain stimulation).

Judith Lynne Hanna Ph.D., (Columbia) is an Affiliate Research Scientist in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA and a consultant in the arts, education, health, public policy, and the First Amendment protection of dance. As a dancer, anthropologist, and critic, Hanna examines dance in its many manifestations and in diverse locations internationally. Her work has been published widely in 13 countries and in several languages.

Erika Hansen Ed.D, in Counseling Psychology, has focused on military sexual trauma and predictive variables of PTSD among victims and perpetrators. She is a case manager in the CDCR prison population and has worked in the mental health field as a crisis counsellor, detox counsellor, case manager, resident assistant, mentor, intake worker and domestic violence crisis counsellor. She focuses on building relationships with safety, using existential, social construction approaches, aimed to empower the clients with emphasizing their human potential

Heather Hill, PhD is a dance movement therapist and Professional Member of Dance-Movement Therapy Association of Australia. Much of her work is with dementia sufferers, in the role of consultant in dementia care, offering experiential/embodied training in person-centred care practice. She continues to work as a dance movement therapist and teacher. She has published extensively and contributed several chapters to books in the fields of nursing, dementia and dance movement therapy, as well as authoring her own.

Michael Huxley is Reader in Dance at De Montfort University, UK. His work has been widely published in books and journals. His published research has been on early modern dance and dance history. He has been a senior member of various boards, committees and teams. He is currently chair of De Montfort University’s Dance Research Group. His most recent publication is The Dancer’s World 1920-1945: Modern Dancers and Their Practices Reconsidered for Palgrave.

Lindesay M C Irvine PhD, MSc, BA, FHEA, RNT, RGN is a senior lecturer in Nursing at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. Her main academic interests are in how and why people learn and change through education, along with a continuing enthusiasm for helping people achieve the best they can by facilitating their learning. She supervises and facilitates students at all levels of study and is particularly interested in using person centred approaches as a means of engaging students in developing their own learning with relevance to their professional practice or learning contexts.

Corinne Jola, PhD., lecturer in Psychology at Abertay University Dundee, UK, is a trained Choreographer (MA Laban Trinity College London), dancer (IWANSON, School of Contemporary dance Munich) and cognitive neuroscientist (PhD University of Zurich) and has held a number of post-doctoral posts in the field of arts, especially interdiesciplinaary approaches. She has published extensively, and collaborated and trained with the dance Company EG|PC in Amsterdam. Her own artistic installations and choreographic work (www.CoCoDanse) was presented across the UK and in Switzerland. and her teaching spans the intersection of dance and science to artists across Europe (e.g., Impulse Tanz Festival, Vienna, Tanzfabrik Berlin, FAA Bataville in France).

Julie Joseph, MSc (Queen Margaret University) is Chief Executive of Common Thread, a Scottish company offering therapeutic residential care and education to some of the country’s most vulnerable young people. She has worked with adolescents for over 15 years and as a Movement Psychotherapist she works with young people within the care sector and secondary schools. Her work is strongly influenced by attachment and trauma models. She is presently engaged in her PhD study, which focuses on the effect of Dance Movement Psychotherapy on adolescents with symptoms of moderate depression.

Vicky Karkou PhD is Professor of Dance at Edge Hill University, Liverpool, UK. She is a qualified researcher, educator, dance teacher and dance movement psychotherapist, having worked with vulnerable children and adults in schools, voluntary organisations and the NHS. Her main research and teaching area is on the arts for wellbeing. She has an honorary doctorate of medicine from Riga Stradins University in recognition of her contribution to the development of arts therapies training in Latvia. She is well published in national and international journals, and is the co-editor for the international journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy published by Taylor and Francis. She travels extensively as a speaker at conferences and educational programmes around the world and as a consultant in those fields.

Rosie Kay trained at London Contemporary Dance School and after a career as a performer formed the Rosie Kay Dance Company in 2004. Kay has created award-winning theatre work that includes SOLDIERS- The Body Is The Frontline (2010+ 2015), based on extensive research with military which toured the UK and Internationally, and Sluts of Possession (2013) in collaboration with the Pitt Rivers Museum, There is Hope (2012) exploring religion and Double Points: K in collaboration with Emio Greco|PC. Site-specific works include Haining Dreaming (2013), The Great Train Dance (2011) on the Severn Valley Railway and Ballet on the Buses. Kay was the first Leverhulme Artist in Residence to the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, is a former Rayne Foundation Fellow and is Associate Artist of DanceXchange, Birmingham. http://rosiekay.co.uk

Janna Kelbel, Master Student at University of Heidelberg, Department of Psychology, Heidelberg, Germany.

Anna Kenrick trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds, after which she worked with the Education Team at The Place, London. In 2002 Anna joined Ludus Dance Company where she worked as both a dancer and teacher. She performed in the tours of Perfecting Eugene, Trapped and Zygote as well as working with choreographers Rosie Kay, Filip Van Huffel and Hannah Gillgren. She joined YDance in 2007 as Project Director for the Free To Dance project and has choreographed a number of pieces for Project Y, YDance’s National Youth Dance Company.

Anna Fiona Keogh is a dance movement psychotherapist, researcher and Laban-based creative dance teacher in Dublin, Ireland. She works in private practice and in a variety of settings with people of all ages and diverse needs. She is influenced by movement and dance forms such as Authentic Movement, butoh, contact improvisation and tango. She is particularly interested in exploring the relationship between mindfulness practice and movement.

Professor Ann Kipling Brown, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita of the University of Regina having worked for many years in the Arts Education program in the Faculty of Education. She works extensively in dance education focusing on assisting children, youth and adults in finding passion and personal expression in dance. Her research and teaching include dance pedagogy, curriculum development, dance creation, and movement notation. In her professional and community service Ann has served on many committees – provincial, national and international, that focus on the research and role of the arts/dance in community, education and professional programs. She has also been involved in hosting provincial and international dance and arts education conferences.

Sabine C. Koch, PhD., Psychologist, Dance/Movement Therapist, M.A., BC-DMT, is researcher and lecturer at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and Alanus University Alfter, Germany. She is a specialist in Kestenberg Movement Profiling (KMP), movement analysis and dance/movement therapy. Her current work includes "Embodiment: The Influence of Movement on Affect, Attitudes and Cognition", and National Research Project on "Language of Movement and Dance" (BMBF). She has worked with children, depressed, psychotic, autistic, psychosomatic, elderly, trauma and dissociative identity disorder patients. Research interests include embodiment, personality and social psychology, observational methods, psycholinguistics, nonverbal communication, gender, health psychology, phenomenology, body psychotherapy, movement analysis, and creative arts therapies.

Astrid Kolter, Dipl. Psych. (University of Marburg), is a Dance/Movement Therapist (Institute of Frankfurt, 2014). She is a dance teacher and was a research assistant on the project “Body Language of Movement and Dance” (University of Heidelberg, 2009 – 2011).

Monika Konold is a certificated music therapist and physiotherapist, living and working in Germany.

Professor Periklis Ktonas PhD is Professor Emeritus at the University of Houston, and a Senior Researcher on biomedical engineering applications with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Athens Medical School. He has conducted several funded research activities , many of which have focused on the development of methodologies for the accurate and efficient analysis of bioelectrical signals, in particular the electroencephalogram (EEG), with clinical applications in neurology and psychiatry. He has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and chair of the IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on Neuroengineering. He received the IEEE Third Millenium Medal for his contributions to biomedical engineering.

Kristo Kulju, PhD., Dance/Movement therapist, studied Dance and Somatics at ISLO, Joensuu. Kristo is working as a private practitioner of dance/movement therapy in Finland.

Petra Kuppers, PhD. Teaches performance studies and disability studies at the University of Michigan. She is a disability culture activist and a community performance artist. She also teaches on Goddard College’s Low Residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. She leads The Olimpias, a performance research collective (www.olimpias.org). Her Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (Palgrave, 2011, paperback 2013) explores The Olimpias’ arts-based research methods, and won the Sally Banes Prize of the American Society for Theatre Research. Her most recent book is Studying Disability Arts and Culture: An Introduction (Palgrave, 2014). Her work has been widely published. The Olimpias is an artists’ collective, founded in 1996 in Wales during work with mental health system survivors. Prof. Kuppers is the artistic director.

Carolyn Lappin was educated at Glasgow University, and began working in the arts at the Citizens’ Theatre. From 1984 until 2001 she worked with Scottish Youth Theatre as General Manager, also managing the Old Athenaeum Theatre in central Glasgow. She has also been Administrator for Winged Horse Touring Productions, IPB Productions and Spontaneous Combustions, and was Chair of the Independent Theatre Council in Scotland from 1996 – 1998 and a member of the UK ITC Board of Directors. She is a Mentor for the Federation of Scottish Theatre Step-Up scheme and a member of the Advisory Board of Conflux. Carolyn joined YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) in January 2002.

Christina Larek attended the University of Hildesheim, where she studied Physical Education and German to become a Primary and Secondary school teacher. Since her early youth she has danced ballet, modern dance and Latin/standard. Since 2008 she has worked as a professional teacher with pupils of various ages in Northern Germany.

Outi Leinonen, MSc(Sports Science) trained in dance since childhood, within variety of groups and performing and competed in Finland and internationally. As a dance teacher she has been working in youth camps in Finland, Brazil, Germany and Croatia. Currently she is teaching in the Christian Dance School of Jyväskylä and dancing in the Campuksen Koonto Dance Team, team of University of Jyväskylä. Leinonen’s Master's thesis topic was a research project at the Department of Music, University of Jyväskylä, entitled “Movement analysis of depressed and non-depressed persons expressing emotions through spontaneous movement to music."

Marietta van der Linden PhD (Bioengineering, Strathclyde University, Glasgow) is a senior research fellow at the School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland and has MSc in Human Movement Sciences (VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands). She has a special interest in exercise and assistive technology interventions for people with long-term neurological conditions such as Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis.

Susan Loman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, KMP Analyst, is the Director of the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counselling Program, and professor and associate chair of the Department of Applied Psychology, Antioch University New England. She has served as co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy, and on numerous boards, including being the former chair of the ADTA Education Committee. She is the co-author of the book, The meaning of movement: Developmental and clinical perspectives of the Kestenberg Movement Profile and is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and books on the Kestenberg Movement Profile and dance/movement therapy. She teaches her specialties at Antioch, throughout the United States and has taught in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, England, Scotland, South Korea, Argentina, and Switzerland.internationally and iIn 2014, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Dance Therapy Association.

Elizabeth Loughlin, MA; B.Litt Hons Performing arts; BA Dip. Social Studies; Dip. Dance Movt Th. (IDTIA) is a movement therapist and social worker. She is a Professional Member of the Dance Therapy Association of Australia, and works as part of the health care team in the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) set within the Australian public hospital system. Both her mother-infant dance therapy and her former dance therapy with girls and women with the medical condition of Turner syndrome have been regularly presented at national and international health conferences; her dance therapy and social work is published in dance therapy, health, social work and medical publications. Elizabeth has a continuing private studio dance practice and is lecturer & supervisor in the International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia.

Geoff Luck, PhD. (Keele University), has worked at the Department of Music of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, latterly as an Assistant Professor. In 2008, he was awarded a five-year Academy of Finland Research Fellowship to study the kinematics and dynamics of musical communication. This interdisciplinary project incorporated elements of biomechanics, psychology, and neuroscience to examine the role of body movement in both rhythmic and expressive musical communication. During his tenure in Jyväskylä, Geoff has carried out an extensive range of human-centred scientific studies on a range of topics, and has published over 50 scientific works. A large proportion of his research has focused on quantifying, classifying, and predicting music-related behaviour using a wide range of statistical techniques.

Sophia Lycouris, PhD is Reader in Interdisciplinary Choreography at the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh College of Art), with responsibility for Interdisciplinary Creative Practices (Masters and PhD programmes) and her research specialism is in haptic experiments.

Alexia Margariti, PhD (University of Peloponnese and University of Athens Medical School) is Teacher of dance, a dance therapist, and past President of the Greek Association of Dance Therapists. She studied at the State School of Dance in Athens, and at the Sorbonne, Paris IV, France, where she obtained a Maitrise de Danse. She has worked at several institutions in Greece with psychiatric populations, children with special needs, drug addicts, and other special groups. Her research interests involve quantification of body movement and of neurophysiological parameters in dance therapy.

Mariam Mchitarian, RN, MSc, dance/movement psychotherapist, currently works at the ministry of health of the Republic of Cyprus and is actively involved with dance movement therapy of patients with chronic disease in private practice. She studied nursing in Larissa, Greece and she qualified with distinction in 2007. Apart from her nursing duties, she participated in the Survey of Coronary Heart Disease in Paphos district and as speaker in Health Sciences and Medical Conferences, in Cyprus. She is mainly interested in medical dance movement psychotherapy and especially the role of dance movement psychotherapy in cardiac rehabilitation and other chronic disease.

Joseph A Moutiris, MD, PhD, MSc, FESC is Associate Director of Cardiology in Nicosia and Paphos General Hospitals, Cyprus and external Lecturer in the University of Nicosia. His special scientific interests include prevention of coronary heart disease. He was the coordinator of Cyprus Survey of Coronary Heart Disease and of Paphos Heart Study. The results were announced in 2006 WCC/ESC Congress of Cardiology and in 2010 EuroPrevent Meeting. He is actively involved in teaching of medical students trainees in Cardiology and other health professionals. He is a member of the Board of the Society of Cardiology and he is the coordinator of training in Cardiology in Cyprus. He is reviewer of medical journals and author of a significant number of papers and articles.

Sue Mullane, PhD, (Deakin University, Melbouorne) BEd., Grad Dip Special Education, Grad. Dip. Movement Dance, M.Ed. (dance therapy research), is a partner in Making Dance Matter, a consultancy that seeks to contribute to evidence for the efficacy of dance-movement and other expressive arts therapies. Sue is a Professional Member of the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA) and also a primary/ special education teacher who works as a dance-movement specialist in a large special needs school in Melbourne. She has a particular interest in the relationship of dance movement therapy to the education curriculum and in the assessment of dance with special needs students.

Sue Oliver PhD, M.Ed., BA, PGCE, Cert. Dance in Ed. is a freelance dance tutor and researcher. Based in Scotland, she left her post as senior teacher and dance tutor for her local education authority to concentrate on her research in creative dance and wellbeing, focusing on children, adolescents, and latterly older adults, including seated movement to music in day care settings. Current projects include dance with sufferers of Parkinson’s Disease and community-based choreographic projects.

Andrea Olsen is Professor of Dance and has held the John C. Elder Professorship in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA. She is the author of a triad of books: The Place of Dance, Body and Earth, and Bodystories in collaboration with Caryn McHose, and she performs and teaches internationally.

Jo Burgay-Orr, MSc. ( Dance Movement Psychotherapy) trained at the Royal Ballet School. She worked and performed as a professional ballet dancer under her maiden name Bungay, primarily with the Scottish Ballet before embarking on her DMP studies. Jo has mainly worked with children in mainstream schools but also has experience with adult mental health groups in Glasgow. She now lives with her husband in Scotland where they provide support to vulnerable young people who are leaving care.

Tally Palmer is Professor and Director of the Unilever Centre for Environmental Water Quality, Institute for Water Research, Rhodes University, South Africa.

Heidrun Panhofer PhD (University of Hertfordshire, UK), MA, (Dance Movement Psychotherapy, from Laban Centre, London City University, UK). She created and coordinates the Master and Postgraduate Programme of Dance Movement Therapy at the Department of Psychology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain since 2003. Originally Austrian, she edited the first book on Dance Movement Therapy in Spanish “El cuerpo en psicoterapia: La teoría y práctica de la Danza Movimiento Terapia” (The body in psychotherapy – Theory and practice of Dance Movement Therapy) and has published extensively on DMT skills, embodiment approaches, supervision in DMT etc. Formerly president of the Spanish Association for Dance Movement Therapy (ADMTE), she lectures in DMT at universities and institutes in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Austria and her clinical practice includes group and individual work with children, adolescents and adults in special educational institutions, different psychiatric settings and private practice in the UK, Germany and Spain.

Thomas Paparrigopoulos PhD is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Athens Medical School. His clinical and research activities have focused mainly on sleep medicine, alcoholism, psychoneuroendocrinology, neuropsychiatry, disaster psychiatry, and clinical studies in psychiatry. He is member of several international, European and Greek medical societies, and section co-chair of the WPA Section on Psychiatry and Sleep/Wakefulness Disorders. He is heading the Inpatient Alcohol Detoxification Clinic, the “ATHENA” Outpatient Detoxification Service, and the Neuropsychiatry Unit at the 1st Psychiatric Clinic of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Athens Medical School, at Eginition Hospital. He is co-director of the Sleep Study Unit at the same hospital. He is the author or co-author of numerous publications.

Helen Payne, PhD (London) is a Professor at the University of Hertfordshire and is Principal Supervisor for a number of PhD candidates in arts psychotherapies, health and education. She is an accredited psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and is a Fellow of, and Senior Registered dance movement psychotherapist with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy/DMP UK. Her publications include numerous peer reviewed articles and books. She has led funded and non-funded research projects and leads a University spin-out Pathways2Wellbeing delivering services using The BodyMind Approach™ to patients in primary health care. She is founding editor-in-chief for the international, peer reviewed journal ‘Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy’ published by Taylor and Francis.

Marcia Plevin is a choreographer and professional dancer as well as a dance movement therapist, BC-DMT, American counsellor, NCC and Italian psychologist. Affiliated as teacher and supervisor with the Institute of Expressive Psychotherapy, Bologna, Institute Inspirees of Creative Education, Beijing, Bilgi University, Istanbul and APID the Italian Association for dance movement therapists. Co-founder of Creative Movement- method Garcia-Plevin, she has taught Authentic Movement for over twenty years internationally in Europe.

Frank Pollick PhD is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Glasgow and has previously worked as a research fellow at Advanced Telecommunications Research (ATR) in Kyoto, Japan. His research explores how we experience the sights and sounds of human actions. This includes using behavioural experiments to understand the boundaries of human perception, and brain imaging experiments to understand how brain systems process audio and visual information. He is interested in how experience and development influence the ability to understand actions and has studied brain mechanisms of action recognition in dancers, drummers and individuals on the autism spectrum.

Cynthia Pratt is Professor of Dance at Butler University, in Indianapolis, USA as well as being a dancer, teacher and choreographer whose work often reflects her continued interest in dance as both an aesthetic art form and as a catalyst for community building. She received her MFA from Temple University and is a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement studies in New York City. For the past two decades, she has been the Guest Choreographer in Residence for Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana’s premier modern dance company, and has had set works throughout the United States and abroad.

Marko Punkanen, PhD., music therapist, dance/movement therapist, trauma psychotherapist, currently works as a music/dance-movement/psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. He is actively involved with music therapy and dance/movement therapy training. Previously he was a researcher in the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research, in University of Jyväskylä. He was part of the research team, which investigated the perception and preferences of emotions in music of depressed patients and the efficacy of improvisational, individual music therapy for depression.

Matthew Reason is Professor of Theatre and Performance at York St John University, UK. His research engages with theatre and dance audiences, theatre for children, performance documentation and photography. Publications include Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance (Palgrave 2006), The Young Audience: Exploring and Enhancing Children’s Experiences of Theatre (Trentham/IOE Press 2010) and, co-edited with Dee Reynolds, Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Contexts (Intellect 2012).

Maralia Reca, PhD (Psychology, Palermo University, Buenos Aires), BC-DMT Is a certified Dance/movement therapist (American Dance Therapy Association) and a lecturer at Caece University, Buenos Aires, where she founded and directed a Postgraduate training in Dance/movement therapy as she had done also in San Juan. Formerly she was a professional dancer at Manhattan Festival Ballet and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, New York, where she studied DMT. She presents regularly at conferences, teaches abroad and has much published work. She was elected President of the Argentinean Association of Dance Therapy in 2011.

Andre Luiz Teixeira Reis, PhD. (University of Bristol, UK), MEd. (University of Brasilia) is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil. He is graduated in Physical Education, later attaining his Masters Degree and PhD, both using capoeira - the Brazilian dance-art-form - as the subject of his studies on health and well-being.

Taira Restar, MA, RSMT, is a somatic movement therapist and coach. She offers international workshops in service of wellbeing.

Emma Roberts is a Movement and Drama therapist and certified 5RHYTHMS® teacher, and is currently teaching 5Rhythms internationally. She also works as a freelance movement director in theatre. Her previous work includes movement & drama therapy in mental health, adults with autism, vulnerable families dealing with trauma, bereavement, addiction, abuse and teenage parenting. Additionally, she has worked as a trainer and actor in public and corporate settings as well as a career in film, TV and theatre, including being a director and movement specialist for Still Point Theatre.

Heribert Sattel is Scientific Assistant at Klinikum Rechts der Isar, Munich, Germany.

Suvi Saarikallio, PhD., works as an Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the Department of Music, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Saarikallio's research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of musical behavior, including mood and emotion, personality, adolescent development, and wellbeing. She is an internationally acknowledged expert particularly in research on music as emotional self-regulation, and she has actively given invited lectures and published articles in international peer-reviewed journals.

Claire Schaub-Moore, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, MA DMP is a lecturer in psychology, chartered psychologist and counselling psychologist, associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, Psychologische Psychotherapeutin, dance and movement psychotherapist, group therapist, traumatherapist and supervisor. Currently, she works with children, adolescents and adults in her practice and as a supervisor for various institutions within the social and health welfare system. Claire teaches in HE in Germany, England and Austria. She has taught trauma-pedagogics and –therapy for several years and has published research work.

Ilene A. Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT is a licensed psychologist and registered dance/movement therapist in practice in San Francisco and Marin county. She is the past president of the San Francisco Psychological Association, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, past-president of the Division of Humanistic Psychology. Ilene has taught at Saybrook University, Lesley University, UCLA, the NY Gestalt Institute and the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She is the editor of Whole Person Healthcare (2007, 3 vol., Praeger) and author of much published work. She is on the editorial boards of PsycCritiques, the American Dance Therapy Journal, the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, and The Humanistic Psychologist.

Sherry B. Shapiro Ed.D. is Professor Emeritus of Dance and past director of Women’s Studies at Meredith College, Raleigh North Carolina, USA. She has served in state, national and international organizations, presented nationally and internationally, and is the author or editor of four books to date. She has been a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and Fulbright Specialist and has received awards for research, and artistic work, as well as her work as a dance educator. She has served as a project coordinator for a program in peace education research developed as a joint effort between North Carolina and the University of Haifa, Israel and served six years as the Research Officer for "Dance and The Child International."

Allison Singer, PhD., is currently Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Programme Leader for the MA in Applied Theatre and Intervention at the University of Leeds. She is a Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Dramatherapist, Dance Anthropologist and Ethnomusicologist. Central to her work is the integration of Applied Anthropological approaches and Arts Psychotherapy practice; and the use of a multi-modal approach to the Arts Psychotherapies. Her clinical work includes work with people with profound and complex learning difficulties, elderly people, refugees and internally displaced children and their families. She has numerous publications and presented her research widely. She has led and taught on several Drama therapy and Dance Movement Psychotherapy programmes in the UK.

Jayne Stevens is a Principal Lecturer in Dance at De Montfort University, where she is Head of Pedagogic Research for the Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Performance Arts. In 2000 she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of individual excellence in teaching and support of learning. She is Head of Pedagogic Research for the Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Performance Arts at DMU. She is an editorial board member of the journals Research in Dance Education and Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. Her current teaching and research interests focus on dance leadership, learning and employability. She is undertaking evaluation and research as part of the Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership.

Laura Hope Steckler Ph.D., C Psychol, RSMT, is a Clinical and Somatic Psychologist, Body-Psychotherapist, Somatic Movement Therapist, and Mindfulness instructor. She trained with Body Psychotherapy pioneer Ilana Rubenfeld who integrated the Alexander technique and Feldenkrais Method with Gestalt psychotherapy. She has danced professionally and has extensive experience with various movement & somatic disciplines and their use in clinical work. She has a deep and abiding interest in the mind-body connection and how movement can be used to facilitate wholeness and well-being.

Marcus Stueck PhD is Scientific Head of interdisciplinary scientific projects on Biodanza and Health, University of Leizig, researching the immunological, endocrinological, physiological and psychological effects of Biodanza in adults and children. He is also Professor for Educational Psychology in Riga, and Professor of Psychology, Leading Scientist at the University of Applied Science, Saxony (DPFA) and Director of the Institute of Biodanza Research Leipzig (I.B.R. BIONET), Germany.

Haodan Tan is a PhD student in Human-Computer Interaction design programming at the School of Informatics, Indiana University Bloomington, US. Previously, she had obtained her MSc in Psychology (University of Glasgow) and Master of Design (Hong Kong Polytechnic University). With an interdisciplinary background, her research interests lie in the social and cultural aspects of computing, with an emphasis on the emotional and aesthetic experiences. More specifically, her work includes understanding people’s emotional attachments with objects through the lens of heritage perspective, and the implication for HCI and Interaction Design.

Mati Vargas-Gibson, MA in History (Northeastern University, Boston) MA in Fine Arts (Illinois University) has danced ballet, folk, flamenco, and belly dance since an early age. She is an accredited 5Rhythms™ teacher and a member of the International 5Rhythms Teacher’s Association, currently teaching regularly in North Texas, Illinois, and Mexico. Her interests lie in body-mind techniques and she has complemented her learning and experiences with other body awareness methods, such as SoulMotion™, Feldenkrais™, Authentic Movement™, Gestalt Movement Therapy, Yoga, Pilates, Sufi Whirling, ecstatic dance, and trance dance. She is interested in using music as medicine to support the dance and then presencing the unique way each dancer's spirit reacts.

Grigoris Vaslmatzis, MD., is a physician and, Professor of Psychiatry at Athens University Medical School (Eginition Hospital). He is a training member of the Hellenic Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, where he acted as a President (1998-2002 and 2009 - 2013). He is currently the Director of the Psychotherapy Center of Athens University Medical School (2011 - now) and of the Department of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2001-2012), the Director of the Department of Personality Disorders and the Director of the Unit of Group Analytic Psychotherapy. He is a Fellow of The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry and a Member of the Editorial Board of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He is the editor of four psychoanalytic books, while his work is widely published in international journals.

Alejandra Villegas PhD is Director of the Biodanza schools in Leipzig and Riga (Latvia). Stemming from her work in Argentina and Spain, she produced the first PhD on Biodanza, at Leipzig university, researching the psychological effects of Biodanza. She has participated in many Biodanza research projects and is author of scientific publications.

Hilda Wengrower, Ph.D. is a Dance Movement Therapist and Counselor, lecturer in the Academic College for Society and Arts, Israel, and head of the Dance Movement Therapy section of the Israeli Association of Arts Therapies. She has co-edited and authored work on dance, creative process, intergroup conflict, clinical aspects of Dance Movement Therapy, artistic methods for research, principles and methods of arts therapies in non-clinical settings, etc. as well as being a journal editor. She teaches and supervises internationally while keepings an active private practice in Jerusalem.

Sarena Wolfaard, BA Hons, is an accredited 5Rhythms® Teacher. Her teaching has taken her to Finland, Scotland and South Africa. She is an Open Floor International Apprentice, studying Process Oriented Psychotherapy and works in private practice with individuals incorporating elements from 5Rhythms® and Open Floor International with Process Work. As publisher and co-founder of Handspring Publishing she works with researchers and prominent teachers in manual therapy, bodywork and movement. She is a member of the International 5Rhythms Teacher’s Association, the Complementary Therapy Association, the Fascia Research Society, and a UKCP trainee member.

Ania Zubala, PhD, is a psychologist who trained in psychodynamic and arts psychotherapies. She has worked in clinical roles with adults experiencing mental ill-health in Scotland and is dedicated to improving clinical practice by advancing research in the area of psychotherapy and non-pharmaceutical interventions. Following a research bursary award from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Ania has been exploring the value of arts psychotherapies in the treatment of adult depression in the UK. This work concluded with a PhD and a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals. Ania’s research focuses on evidence-based interventions to enhance psychological wellbeing of diverse populations and she is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre, University of Dundee (Scotland).

Heather Hill is a dance movement therapist and Professional Member of the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia. Much of her work is with people with dementia, in the role of consultant in dementia care, offering experiential/embodied training in person-centred care practice. She continues to work as a dance movement therapist and teacher. She has published extensively and contributed several chapters to books in the fields of nursing, dementia and dance movement therapy, as well as authoring her own.

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