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The Foundation's Educational Mission

Educating the Public   

Dance/Movement Therapy is a profession based upon body-mind relationships. Concepts of dance and movement are used psychotherapeutically in a process to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual integration of clients. Practitioners work with individuals of all ages and with a wide range of emotional and physical problems.

The principles and practice of the dance/movement therapy profession are not well understood by the public or other health and educational professionals. The Marian Chace Foundation (MCF) is dedicated to introducing the power of communicative dance and body awareness as treatment in health and educational settings.

Educating Professionals

The Foundation also works to further educate those in the dance/movement therapy profession. An annual Marian Chace Foundation Lecture Series sponsors scholars whose lectures are then published in the American Journal of Dance Therapy. See right-hand column for past speakers in this series.


Grants are awarded for both educating the public as well as enabling further knowledge of the profession through research and other projects. These are then written as an article for the American Journal of Dance Therapy (AJDT).


Past MCF Lecture Series Speakers Include:

1990 Alma Hawkins, PhD
1991 Ruthanna Boris
1992 Pearl Primus, PhD
1993 Elissa White
1994 Marion North, PhD
1995 Jean Erdman & Pearl  Lang
1996 Beth Kalish, PhD & Irma Dosamantes-Beaudry, PhD
1997 Bill T. Jones
1998 Claire Schmais, PhD
1999 Joan Chodorow, PhD
2000 Deborah Hay
2001 Norma Canner

2002 Penny Lewis, PhD
2003 Muse: Cycle of Life
        Through the Arts
2004 Dianne Dulicai, PhD
2005 Judith Lynne Hanna, PhD
2006 Allegra Fuller Snyder
2007 Marcia B. Leventhal, PhD
2008 Carolyn Grant Fay
2009 Janet Adler, PhD
2010 Suzi Tortora, EdD
2011 Miriam Roskin Berger, DA
2012 Judith Bunney
2013  Fran Levy,EdD
2014 Lenore Wadsworth Hervey, PhD
These lectures are all available yearly in the American Journal of Dance Therapy. Past issues may be ordered.

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