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Creative House: Dance Therapy

Author: Author unknown, Issue: February 1996, Topic: Events

Some of you may have heard about Tsukuba's Creative House, a place near Matsushiro where you can participate in a wide variety of artistic activities. These activities not only include personal expression, arts and crafts, story-telling/making, but also music, dream, and dance therapy workshops.

Next month, Creative House welcomes Ms. Joanie Carlisle, a dance and movement therapist from the USA to lead us in several workshops. Ms. Carlisle began dancing at the age of four and has studied and taught modern dance, ballet, traditional world folk dance, dance/movement therapy, improvisation and choreography, Laban movement analysis and Dalcroze eurythmics. Although her specialty is dance for special popluations, she brings dance to a wide range of people of all ages and abilities.

Here in Tsukuba, she will offer workshops for the general public, women and mothers, and kids with Down's syndrome, in Saitama, for physically or mentally disabled adults, and in Yokohama, for women only.

Perhaps you are thinking, "But I can't dance!" Rest assured that participants need no training, skill or experience with "dance". This is not about learning new steps on polishing you waltz. Dance therapy is more about becoming aware of how you move in your body, what that movement does for you, and finding ways to move more comfortably and/or expressively. Dance is an art form accessible to all. As Joanie says, "This is what dance therapy is all about ?? to somehow or other to put them all together ?? this body, this heart, this mind, this spirit ?? and let them create something that feels true and therefore beautiful."

Creative House staff will translate for Ms. Carlisle, but I hope my fellow "aliens" will take advantage of thsi opportunity to communicate in English! The workshops in Tsukuba cost 2000 yen and are limited to just 25 people, so make reservations ASAP by calling Cheryl at Creative House, 0298-36-2802. The schedule is as follows: Sunday March 17, 1:30 - 4:30 at ARS Hall (2nd floor of Central Library); Mon and Tues. (3/18-19) 10 am - noon at Dalcroze Studio (in Sengen, call Creative House for a map). Babysitter available for 800 yen per child.

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