Madeleine Reber


Madeleine Reber is a movement educator, choreographer, and Certified Laban Movement Analyst. She has been teaching dance and movement at colleges and universities, and in the professional dance community for over twenty years. She teaches workshops in Integrative Movement, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, experiential anatomy, release technique, and improvisation. Her knowledge of Laban/Bartenieff work, along with extensive experience in somatics and diverse movement practices, allow her to convey a deeply embodied and clear conceptual understanding of the body in movement. Reber has served on the dance and theatre faculties of East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Illinois State University. She has also taught at Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, and Antioch College. She is currently adjunct faculty at Embodied Education Institute Chicago and teaches Integrative Movement classes at The Antioch College Wellness Center.

Jessica Young


Jessica Young, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA, Associate Professor Columbia College Chicago Dance Center.  Recipient of the 2020 American Dance Therapy Association Excellence in Education Award and President’s Award. The arc of her 20-year career includes serving those who are homeless with severe and chronic mental illness, educating graduate students in dance/movement therapy (DMT), and teaching undergraduates how to tend to their own and others’ joyfulness and well-being.  She has facilitated over 30 peer reviewed national and international conference presentations in DMT and counseling and regularly publishes on DMT. She maintains a private practice at New Prairie Counseling Center and provides clinical supervision.  Jessica joined EEIC guest faculty in 2022.

Ebony Nichols


Ebony is a somatic mental health and wellness practitioner, Board Certified Dance/Movement Psychotherapist, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, licensed cosmetologist, and entrepreneur. She completed her BA at The College of New Rochelle in psychology and a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Dance/Movement Therapy. She was awarded the presidential scholarship to attend Lesley University's Doctorate program in Counseling and Psychology: Transformative Leadership, Education and Applied Research, where she plans to continue her research and work rooted in cultural/race identity, trauma-informed healing care, centering Black Aesthetics of the African Diaspora through cultural movement narratives, non-verbal communication, and somatic-based healing practices. Ebony joined EEIC as a guest lecturer in 2022.