November 18, 2005


I am emailing you to let you know about two courses being offered this spring at the U of M through the Dance Department: INTRODUCTION TO DANCE MOVEMENT THERAPY (DNCE 3500 sec. 05) and BODY WORKS: INTRODUCTION TO SOMATIC STUDIES (DNCE 1500 sec. 50). With the growing attention to the use of alternative healing modalities in medicine and also for daily practice, these courses are of particular to anyone interested in the field of Complimentary and Alternative Therapies, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Creative Arts Therapy, Music Therapy, Social Work, Education, Dance or other healing modality. The course topics are also relevant to anyone interested in performance studies (music, dance or theater) or sports/sports medicine.

Please help me spread the word about these courses. If you have any questions or know anyone who might be interested in it, please feel free to contact me at 612-925-5277 or If you have questions about registering please contact the U of M Dance Department at 612-624-5060. Thank you, Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb


Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy
Dnce 3500 - section 005, Topics in Dance; U of M Dance Department/Spring 2006
Wednesdays 2:05-3:35 - 2 Credits;To Register: contact the Registrars: 612-625-5333

Course Description:
This course is a basic introduction to the field of Dance/Movement Therapy. It will include 1) historic and theoretical perspectives on the use of movement and dance in relationship to psychology and healing; 2) an introduction to some of the major Dance/Movement Therapy pioneers and techniques; and 3) a brief introduction to ways that Dance/Movement Therapy is used with various populations and in a variety of settings. The class is both experiential and didactic.

Objectives: The student will be able to:
Describe the field of Dance/Movement Therapy in relationship to related disciplines such as Dance and Psychology.
Identify and discuss the basic premises, theory and approaches of Dance/Movement Therapy.
Be familiar with selected Dance/Movement Therapy pioneers and their contribution to the field of Dance/Movement Therapy.
Understand the uses of Dance/Movement Therapy within a variety of settings and populations.
Be familiar with training process and requirements for Dance Movement Therapy certification.
Apply selected Dance/Movement Therapy techniques and approaches to their own experience

The class will be both experiential and academic and does not require any previous movement experience. The course is appropriate for those interested in Psychology, Education, Music Therapy, Social Work and Movement Studies. For more information contact the Dance Department- 612-624-5060 or the instructor at 612-925-5277.


Body Works: Introduction to Somatic Studies
DNCE 1500 sect. 50 (2 credits); Spring 2006 - Wednesdays 6:15-8:15 (1/17-5/5)

Somatic Studies is an emerging and growing field that examines the ways our bodies, minds, and emotions are interrelated and how those relationships are expressed in and changed through working with our body patterns. The various therapies in this field work with the body in order to promote change and healing. Somatic techniques are categorized as body manipulation and movement techniques within the field of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

In this course, the student will be introduced to the field of Somatic Studies and will experience a range of Eastern and Western approaches and techniques. Classes will use readings, discussion, experiential and group learning methods to facilitate the studentís understanding. The course fulfills a Dance Ethnology requirement and is appropriate for those interested in Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Performance, Dance, Movement Studies, Sports, Sports Medicine and Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. For more information contact the Dance Department- 612-624-5060 or the instructor at 612-925-5277.

Specific goals include:
Introduction of history, basic concepts, theory and techniques of Somatic Studies
Introduction of specific Eastern and Western traditions
Exploration and development of personal Somatic Profile
Experience and meet practitioners of alternative techniques
Examination of differences between Eastern and Western body-based approaches

The instructor, Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb MFA, CMA, ADTR, is an advanced level Dance Movement Therapist/Psychotherapist and has worked in both hospitals and private practice. She is also a Certified Laban Movement Analyst; and a Body Therapist trained in a range of alternative modalities. She has taught courses in Dance, Womenís Studies and Theater and has also been an Artist-in-Residence. She has taught at the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, Portland State, Temple University, and the Lithuanian Arts University in Vilnius, Lithuania. . She currently teaches at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the U of M and has a private practice as a Dance/Movement Therapist/Psychotherapist.

Posted by kenne064 at November 18, 2005 3:13 PM