Regional representatives are the point persons for dance movement therapy in their region. They help support and promote dance/movement therapy (DMT) locally, and facilitate DMT connections and collaboration across Canada.
Tannis is a registered Dance-movement and Drama Therapist, Spiritual Director and creator of ritual theatre. Initially a choreographer, she brings over thirty years’ experience of healing through the arts to her work with individuals, groups, adolescents and adults, especially those with trauma, eating problems, and addictions. She has co-coordinated a hospital eating disorder program, taught on the university level, performed and taught in the US and Europe, and directed a theatre company of disabled and non-disabled actors.
Since she moved to Vancouver from Berkeley in 2001 she has been an Artist in Residence for the Vancouver School board, has brought Dance-movement Therapy to Tooba Centre for Physical Theatre, Main Dance and Sourcepoint School for Shiatsu; has served as Clinical Supervisor for Pacifica Treatment Centre, and a therapist and the Chopra Addictions and Wellness Center. In addition to seeing clients for therapy and spiritual direction, she teaches Authentic Movement, Ecstatic Body Postures, Moving Prayer and leads Community Movement Rituals. She also teaches with the West Coast Dance/movement Therapy Professional Training.
Karen is a Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Analysis, a dance educator, choreographer/movement designer, a movement therapist, a somatics practitioner, and a new Canadian permanent resident. She has coached actors, dancers, politicians, and business leaders in nonverbal communications techniques, character development, and healthy living. She has developed a program for seniors called Strides, and has worked with business and political leaders, people with injuries or movement disorders, women finding empowerment, and children with challenges.
As an educator, Karen has created community-based practices for finding common ground with groups. She has authored a book about Rudolf Laban, researched expressive movement and neuroscience, fostered standards-based and evidence-based curricula, articles, and reports. She has studied global dance practices and firmly believes that through an understanding of how our world-views manifest in the nonverbal, we can find ways to work together and create better communities and a saner planet.
Angélique is a dance artist, adapted dance teacher and dance and movement therapist. After a master's degree in economics, Angélique taught economics and international communication for ten years in France. Upon her arrival in Canada, she began a master's degree in dance and in 2019 joined the training of the National Center for Dance-Therapy of the Grands Ballets Canadiens to become a dance therapist. Today, Angélique works in schools and community centers and gives postural workshops in corporate environments. She works with adults and adolescents living with various challenges: learning difficulties, autism, neurodevelopmental disorders, physical disabilities, immigration, disadvantaged areas.
Combining a humanistic and sensorimotor approach, Angélique deeply believes in the benefits of dance therapy for everyone and continually deepens her knowledge in the field of psychomotor and psychocorporal practices. In her interventions, Angélique uses the techniques of ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, hip-hop, krump and constantly attends dance workshops in order to diversify her repertoire of movements, to be more inclusive and to multiply ways of interacting with clients.
Meghan completed an MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy in London, UK following a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Development Studies. She now works in Brooks, AB as a Mental Health Therapy Assistant for Alberta Health Services offering community mental health groups and social work services. Meghan draws on psychodynamic and trauma-informed approaches to meet and support clients to thrive.
Meghan's passion for community mental health is informed by her experiences working and volunteering in Uganda, Palestine, Ecuador and Saudi Arabia, as well all three of Canada's territories. Inspired by her participation in a traditional dance troupe in Uganda, and supporting refugees in London, Meghan appreciates the power of dance and movement to support connection across language and cultural barriers and to revive vitality following traumatic and life-altering experiences. Serving as a Community Wellness worker, a Mental Health Consultant, and in private practise, she has been honoured to move alongside a diverse range of clients, and to learn from their sagacity. Meghan is also a yoga teacher, Family Constellations Facilitator, and mindfulness practitioner. Her vision of wellness incorporates mind, body and spirit and draws on a vast range of traditional healing practices.
Lea is a registered dance movement psychotherapist currently based in Ottawa. She has completed her masters at Goldsmiths University of London and has worked with people from all ages in the UK, Jordan and Lebanon struggling with mental health, survivors of domestic violence, refugees victims of war trauma and others with special needs and learning difficulties. She is planning to continue working with children and teenagers in Canada and also provide support for the elderly who would benefit immensely from the creative Arts therapies. Her goal is to raise awareness about the importance of the body-mind connection, how it affects our everyday lives and how we can use it to improve our well-being.
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