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Dance Therapy

Dr. Lori Baudino talks about the Dance and Movement Therapy Program at UCLA

What is dance therapy?

Dance/movement therapy is an expressive psychotherapy that combines the theories of psychoanalysis and early child development to facilitate and foster positive psychological and emotional growth for an individual. This therapeutic approach incorporates movement expression into everyday action to provide a place for self-exploration, self-awareness and overall well-being. The wonderful thing about dance therapy is that you don't need to speak the same language because movement reveals so much without words.

Chase Child Life Program launched "Dréa's Dream," the first pediatric Dance Therapy Program in Los Angeles in November 2008, providing dance/movement therapy for children with cancer and special needs.  Through generous support from the Andrea Rizzo Foundation, a Registered Dance Therapist (ADTR) engages medically fragile children in movement therapy, supporting physical development, anxiety reduction, and creative expression.   

Through dance/movement therapy, emotions are accessed, and then released through expressive movement and a positive transformation takes place within the patient, facilitating the overall well being of the child. Small group and bedside sessions are scheduled to meet the child's physical and emotional needs.

The Andréa Rizzo Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) non profit organization in the United States that provides grants that directly fund dance/movement therapy programming exclusively for children with cancer and special education needs.  For more information visit: www.DreasDream.org.

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