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New York State Dance Therapy Association 2017-08-06T19:07:41Z http://nysadta.org/feed/atom/ WordPress nysadta <![CDATA[LCAT/Governmental Affairs Survey **IMPORTANT**]]> http://nysadta.org/?p=1332 2017-01-08T22:41:53Z 2017-01-08T22:40:08Z The NYSADTA board in collaboration with NYATA created a survey about the recent changes in the LCAT requirements and other governmental affairs concerns.


Thank you for your time and participation.


Please Complete here:
Create your own user feedback survey

nysadta <![CDATA[NYSADTA Winter Newsletter]]> http://nysadta.org/?p=1312 2016-12-17T14:54:36Z 2016-12-17T14:54:36Z

NYSADTA Winter Newsletter 

December 2016

Happy Holidays from the NYSADTA Board!

**Please note an error was made in the NYS Chapter Board Member Bios section of the Spring Newsletter sent out in April. Our Albany region liaison’s name is Pamela Faith Lerman (last name appeared incorrectly as Robinson).


The 51st ADTA Conference was a huge success and a wonderful time to reconnect to colleagues, inspire one another, and invigorate our national community.





We are proud that our own Chapter President, Angie (Giordano Adams) Yemma, has taken on a new leadership role at the national level. She now serves on the PR Committee as the ADTA Social Media Manager. Her involvement on a national level will be a wonderful addition to her role as President of the NYSADTA, facilitating increased communication between the state chapter and the national board.

In addition, our Hudson Valley Liaison, Sabrina Washington, co-presented with Rev. Suzy Meszoly, and provided a powerful session, “The Power of the 7 Energetic Chakras in Dance/Movement Therapy.” Stay tuned for the possibility of an opportunity to experience their presentation again at home in New York for CEUs!


As many of you know, there are significant changes regarding LCAT licensure in New York State including new requirements for CEUs beginning January 2017. The specifics of these changes are broken down and explained on the New York Office of Professions website. If you have further questions that are not answered on the website, please feel free to contact the chapter and we’ll do our best to get you the answers you’re looking for.

There is a growing list of CEU providers that the website is updating regularly, so please check back regularly. Our chapter is also in the process of applying to become a provider and will keep you posted on our status.

In the spirit of inclusivity and belief in information accessibility, we are working toward reaching a larger audience with chapter updates and relevant local information through our newsletter distribution. To do this, we will be publishing our newsletter content on our website’s blog instead of the Chapter’s members-only listserv that our newsletter has previously served. We hope you find this easier and more streamlined. Most importantly, we hope that our chapter continues to serve all NYS dance/movement therapists. Please let us know how we can help you and information that you would find helpful!

It has been an eventful and critical fall, both locally (with new legislation passed for NYS Creative Arts Therapists) and, of course, nationally as we prepare for new political leadership.



 We have welcomed three new student liaisons and a new Information Technology chair!

Neha Christopher, formerly, student liaison to our chapter, has graduated from Pratt Institute and moved into the role of IT Chair.

We are excited that we have three new student liaisons who are representing both Master’s programs in the state of New York (Pratt Institute and Sarah Lawrence College). We are grateful for their service to the board and their valuable input voicing the needs and ideas of current students.


Tia Huston, Student Liaison, Pratt Institute

Tia Huston is a second year student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been living in NYC for the past 6 years. She discovered dance therapy while working as a freelance dancer in NYC and quickly realized it was the path for her.  She’s excited to be a student liaison for New York State Chapter of the ADTA, and can’t wait to become a dance therapist.


Anita Nichole Lewis, Student Liaison, Pratt Institute

Anita Nichole Lewis is a Brooklyn native and a Brooklyn College alumni with a Bachelors degree in business administration/marketing. With her formal training in ballet and modern, she realized that her interest shifted from performance to the effects of dance on her wellbeing. In her volunteering at the 92nd Y’s therapy and exercise class for stroke recovery, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological physical conditions, she witnessed the growth and improvement of the students as a result of barre exercise, gentle movement and body explorations. Anita is now a second year student at Pratt where she is interning at the Center for Discovery. She hopes to work with kids and seniors with physical frailties upon graduation.


Cerezmy Salcido, Student Liaison, Sarah Lawrence College

Cerezmy is a second year student from Sarah Lawrence College and holds a Master of Arts in Disability Studies from CUNY. Cerezmy’s research is focused on DMT and the use of performance to advocate for social justice. Growing up in the borderland between Texas and Mexico, Cerezmy is also invested in infusing her studies and future practice with cultural awareness as a tool to promote inclusion.



Public Relations Chair: Nominate yourself or someone else by emailing Angie at nysadapresident@gmail.com



Film Screening: The Moving Child: Supporting Early Development Through Movement

We are excited to invite dance/movement therapists and other interested community members to view Hana Kemble’s (BC-DMT) powerful and brand new film. Find out more about the film and watch the trailer here. We plan to host screenings at both Pratt Institute and Sarah Lawrence College

Date: TBA/March event


Stay tuned (via this blog, email updates, and our social media presences) for other upcoming chapter events including CEU-eligible professional development workshops and Chapter Meet and Greets!

Connect with us!

Facebook: NYSADTA

nysadta <![CDATA[LCAT- CE information]]> http://nysadta.org/?p=1309 2017-02-22T11:48:13Z 2016-12-16T19:56:37Z Have you seen the newest information about the CE requirements for LCAT’s?

Click here for some FAQ.

Click here for approved providers. Additional providers will continue to be added as applications are improved.

For more information click here.

nysadta <![CDATA[ADTA #GivingTuesday November 29, 2016]]> http://nysadta.org/?p=1271 2016-12-16T19:53:19Z 2016-11-14T14:58:04Z ADTA is participating in #GivingTuesday this year! Show your support in promoting awareness about donating to the Marian Chace fund by joining the ADTA’s thunderclap!

Click this link and sign up!

This year the money raised on Giving Tuesday will be distributed as grants to ADTA members who will then provide services to our nations Veterans & Military Personal. Stay tuned for more information on how to apply for one of the grants!

nysadta <![CDATA[CALL TO ACTION!!! WED. NOV. 16, 2016]]> http://nysadta.org/?p=1268 2016-12-16T19:52:59Z 2016-11-14T14:51:24Z ACTION ALERT

Contact your members of Congress on WED., November 16

Background: ADTA is joining with other members of the Mental Health Liaison Group, a coalition of national organizations interested in ensuring all Americans have access to quality mental health services, to push for passage of mental health reform legislation.

Each day next week (Nov. 14 – 18), different organizations will be phoning and emailing their members of Congress to get a bill passed before this Congress ends on December 16. ADTA will be participating on Wednesday, November 16, to weigh in on the importance of getting these bills passed, particularly the importance of having a diverse mental health workforce available to appropriately address needs. We will be joined by a number of national organizations, including the American Psychological Association, National League of Nursing, and the National Association of Social Workers.

How to Participate:

1) Find your members of Congress (not the ones just elected, but the current members)….your Representative and your two Senators. You can find out who these folks are by going to https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members and putting in your address or state.

 2) Go to your Representative’s and Senators’ websites (you’ll be linked to those when you search in #1 above) and send an email with the following message:

“Dear Senator (Representative) __________:

My name is ____________, and I am a dance/movement therapist and your constituent from (town/city).

I am writing today to urge you to support bicameral passage of important mental health reform legislation this year.

Mental illness is widely prevalent in the United States. Over 68 million Americans have experienced mental illness in the past year which is more than 20 percent of the total population of the United States. Lifetime rates are much higher with some estimates approaching 50 percent. More striking, in 2014, nearly 43,000 Americans died by suicide. Many individuals with mental illness or substance use conditions are unable to access or receive the appropriate services and supports for these illnesses, and they remain constantly challenged by mental health service delivery systems that are largely fragmented and uncoordinated across the country.

Dance/movement therapists are at the forefront of providing mental health services to populations ranging from adults with Alzheimer’s Disease, veterans and active duty military, and children and young adults with mental health challenges. This legislation is critical to ensuring all Americans have access to qualified mental health providers, including creative arts therapists, who are ready to meet each individual’s specific mental health needs.

Bipartisan mental health reform legislation has been introduced in both chambers. In July, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, by a resounding tally of 422 to 2. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee voted unanimously to advance S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, in April. Notably, these bipartisan bills strengthen federal coordination of mental health resources, increase reporting on mental health parity, advance integrated service delivery, support the mental health workforce, and increase early access to mental health services.

The need for reform is urgent, and you have the opportunity to act now to improve the lives of tens of millions of Americans, their families, and our communities. Please support bicameral passage of important mental health reform legislation this year.


(Your name and address)”

OR, 3) If you prefer, you can CALL your members’ offices. Those numbers are on their websites, or dial 202-224-3121 to be connected to their offices through the Capitol switchboard. Once your are connected to the office, ask to speak to the staff person who handles mental health issues. You may end up just talking to the receptionist (see note below).

Your message:

“I am __________, a dance/movement therapist and your constituent from (town/city). I’m calling today to urge Senator/Representative ___________ to support bicameral passage of important mental health reform legislation before the end of the year. This legislation is critical to ensuring all Americans have access to qualified mental health providers, including creative arts therapists, who are ready to meet each individual’s specific mental health needs.

Bipartisan mental health reform legislation has already passed the House and is advancing through the Senate. [NOTE: If that ask the name or number of these bills: H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (House bill); and S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (Senate bill)].

The need for reform is urgent! You have the opportunity to act now to improve the lives of tens of millions of Americans, their families, and our communities. I urge Representative/Senator ___________ to support passage of this important legislation this year. Thank you.”

NOTE: If you only get to talk to the receptionist, just make sure you ask they support passage of mental health reform legislation this year!

Thanks for advocating for dance/movement therapy and mental health services for all!

nysadta <![CDATA[Annual Licensure Event from the NY State Office of Professions]]> http://nysadta.org/?p=1244 2016-11-13T18:29:21Z 2016-09-17T12:39:36Z
NYATA’s Annual Licensure Event with David Hamilton

Date(s) – 10/23/2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pratt Institute Brooklyn
“Insuring A Future: An Informational Event on the Changes and Updates to the New York State License in Creative Arts Therapy.”

The New York Art Therapy Association is pleased to welcome David Hamilton, Ph.D., LMSW, Executive Secretary, Office of the Professions New York State Education Department (4.0 CEUs offered) for the 6th Annual Presentation on NY State Licensure as a Creative Arts Therapist.

Please feel free to post questions on our Facebook page regarding the LCAT credentials as we will be collecting them and passing them to David Hamilton so that he can better address our concerns on the event day.

Open to ALL Creative Art Therapy Modalities.
Light breakfast and Lunch Included

Event Schedule
10:00 AM Registration, Breakfast
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Presentation by David Hamilton, Ph.D., LMSW Office of The Professions
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM – 2:30PM Scholarship Recipient Presentation
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Panel Discussion Topic: Insurance

David Hamilton will be lecturing on the new LCAT continuing education credits and answering all LCAT related questions.

Please see this link for more information about the annual licensure event.

nysadta <![CDATA[ADTA CONFERENCE 2016]]> http://nysadta.org/?p=1229 2016-11-14T14:47:33Z 2016-09-06T13:53:10Z Celebrating 50 years of the American Dance Therapy Association (1966-2016)!

Regular Registration Conference Rates end September 8th! Register now!

Register Here!

Come be part of the ADTA’s 50th anniversary celebration at this year’s annual conference in Bethesda, MD from October 20 – 23, 2016.  Join us as we bring the power of dance/movement therapy to the Washington DC area.  Highlights of this year’s conference include:

  • Keynote speakers Dr. Stephen Porges and Dr. Sue Carter in conversation with top dance/movement therapists
  • A site-specific dance on the National Mall choreographed by Marylee Hardenbergh
  • A day of advocacy on the Hill
  • Special Days of Service at St. Elizabeths Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Marian Chace Foundation of ADTA Lecture with Dr. Sharon W. Goodill
  • International panel
  • Research poster session
  • Historical panels recounting our unique history
  • A special day of programming for other allied mental health professionals
  • The best Saturday-night dance party in the universe

Dance/movement therapy and other mental health continuing education available.

Be ready, dance/movement therapists; we are heading to Capitol Hill!

51st Annual Conference brochure

The Conference Theme

This years’ conference theme, ReGeneration: Moving Pathways to Integration, is meant to be contemplated on multiple levels.  To begin, consider the following definitions from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:


  1. To be formed or created again
  2. To be spiritually reborn
  3. To be restored to a better, higher or more worthy state


  1. To combine two or more things to form or create something
  2. To make something a part of another larger thing
  3. To make a person or group part of a larger group or organization.
nysadta <![CDATA[“Where in the heck is Matt?” Video taping!]]> http://nysadta.org/?p=1223 2016-11-14T14:47:48Z 2016-05-06T19:14:16Z Save the date!

        The ADTA would like to invite you to a video taping for “Where the heck is Matt?”

        Have you seen the videos of Matt Harding dancing around the world? Matt is creating new videos this year and, as part of our 50th anniversary celebration, ADTA members are invited to dance with him on May 22, 2016!

        This event is made possible though a generous donation by Lenore Hervey, BC-DMT.


        Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016

        Location: NYC

        Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

        Stay tuned to the ADTA website for more details on this event. If you have any questions or you want to RSVP please email NYSADTA@nysadta.org 

]]> 0 nysadta <![CDATA[May 21, 2016 DANCE PARADE]]> http://nysadta.org/?p=1210 2016-09-06T13:49:28Z 2016-04-20T16:19:52Z

The NYSADTA board invites you to participate in the 10th Annual Dance Parade!

Dance Parade is: A 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to inspire dance through the celebration of diversity. Our volunteer supported organization produces the annual Dance Parade on Broadway followed by DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park. In the months leading up to the Parade and Festival we offer Community Engagement Programs in Schools, Recreation Facilities and Senior Centers throughout New York City. – See more at: http://danceparade.org/#sthash.COxxWXqT.dpuf

Date: May 21, 2016

Time: Meet at meet-up location around 10:30am

What to Wear:TBA

Who can come: EVERYONE! Bring your friends, family, and coworkers! All participates are welcome.

How to participate:

In order to participate you must go to the dance parade website here and register with our group: NY and NJ American Dance Therapy Association.

Once you have registered you are all set to participate! Please stay tuned via this website and our Facebook page.  If you have questions or concerns you can email the following NYSADTA board members:

Angie: nysadtapresident@gmail.com

Nell: nysadtaprchair@gmail.comIMG_3771


We look forward to dancing with you!!

Additional information:

Detailed dance parade info

Dance Parade FAQ’s

nysadta <![CDATA[92Y Workshop: Songs of Our Selves]]> http://nysadta.org/?p=1205 2016-04-20T15:46:48Z 2016-03-29T17:01:24Z Songs of Our Selves:

The Hidden Stories in Dance Revealed Through Music and Lyrics

Patricia P. Capello, BC-DMT, LCAT, NCC and guest faculty Nancy Koprak, BC-DMT, LCAT

Saturday, April 16th, 2016, 1 session, 1:30pm-6:30pm

$100 until April 8th / $125 after

Music and lyrics are essential tools for the expanding dance/movement therapy community, enabling the therapist to reach diverse populations despite differences in diagnosis, age, gender, language or ethnicity. In this experiential workshop participants explore the use of music and lyrics as tools to uncover “hidden stories,” while creating personal imagery using gesture, posture and dance sequences. Examine the potential of using song lyrics to evoke authentic emotional responses, and discover how repeated lyrical phrases help organize and support self-mastery and engagement in the healing process.

All Dance Therapy courses are eligible for CE hours.

Register Here

Or by cutting and pasting this link into your browser: https://www.92y.org/Class/Songs-of-Our-Selves.aspx

92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center

Lexington Ave & 92nd St.



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