Students interested in the Therapeutic Dance Certificate (TDC) are dancers that understand the power of expressing the body through the art of dance. Engaging in this program provides the student with the opportunity to study advanced concepts in therapeutic dance from faculty who are professional dance/movement therapists and always dancers at heart. The student in the TDC program already identifies themself as a dancer, may have studied various forms of dance or is interested in the use of the expressive body as a healing modality. They must be at least 21 years of age to participate and be capable of attending college level courses.  This certificate is a wonderful option for the dancer who does not want to become a dance/movement therapist but still wishes to engage in curriculum to advance their understanding of how to facilitate expressive dance movement for individuals, groups or communities.


  • DMT: Intro & Invitation - 30 hours (virtual) | once a week for 3 hours for 10 weeks
  • Experiential Anatomy/Kinesiology - 15 hours (virtual) | one weekend Fri/Sat/Sun
  • LMA 1: Observation - 15 hours (virtual/in person) | one weekend Sat/Sun
  • Neuroscience of Embodied Presence - 30 hours (in person) | over two weekends Fri (night)/Sat/Sun
  • Performance as Therapy - 8 hours (in person) | two 4 hour days

Final performance opportunity included in cost of program.

APPLY HERE for the Fall, 2024 cohort

Total cost: $2875

Courses are paid for individually.  Click here to register. 

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Experiential Anatomy/Kinesiology

Instructor: Kristina Fluty, MFA, CLMA

In Person w/virtual options- August 23-25; 10-4pm

Location: 1802 W. Berteau Suite 205, Chicago, IL

Cost: $425

For movers, dancers, movement practitioners/artists, dance/movement therapists, teachers, and anyone who wants to deepen their embodiment and understanding of the amazing ways our bodies move. Engaging experiential and somatic modes of learning this course will cover basic human anatomy and kinesiology with an overview of bones, major muscle groups, and general workings of the musculoskeletal system. Students will begin to understand the complexities of the body through movement, reading, drawing, discussion, writing, video, and touch exercises. We will integrate what we learn from tuning into our individual sensed experience, observations of the world (and bodies) around us, and material information from the fields of anatomy and kinesiology. It is important to note that study of “the body,” our bodies, does not exist outside of the particular societies and cultures in which we live. Our work in this course acknowledges the impact and influence of culture on traditions of teaching anatomy, and the importance and relevance of our individual experiences of gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, ability, on lived embodied experience and body knowledge.

1 credit hour / 15 classroom hours

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Laban Movement Analysis I: Observation

Instructor: Stacey Hurst, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA

In-Person or Virtual - One Weekend

September 7 & 8, 2024 9-6pm CST

Cost: $425

Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF) give dance/movement therapists a common language to study movement and its developmental aspects, informing our relationship to self, other, and the environment. LMA I contexts LMA and BF in history and within the field of dance/movement therapy. This course provides: a framework for how to structure and approach movement observation, an understanding of the cultural and therapeutic implications of Body Knowledge/Body Prejudice and a forum for the student to identify their own movement preferences and limitations. LMA I will also provide a general overview of the core principles of movement and of Rudolf Laban’s taxonomy of human movement. The course will be grounded through both didactic and movement experientials to support multiple learning preferences. LMA I will provide the foundation for all other LMA classes to follow.

1 credit hour / 15 classroom hours - Approved by the ADTA

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Course Descriptions (Listed Alphabetically)

Dance/Movement Therapy: An Introduction and an Invitation

Instructor: Kim Rothwell, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA

Online Course - 10 Week Format; October 21st class in person in Chicago

Dates: September 16-November 18, Mondays from 6-9pm CST

Cost: $850

This course provides a survey of the field of dance/movement therapy (DMT), including an introduction to the early developers of the profession, the historical context within the United States that lead to the development of the profession and the ADTA, and contemporary applications of DMT in today’s global world. The approach to teaching is embodied, self-reflective, and relational, offering an invitation for students to learn in ways that embed both the theory and the practice of DMT into the present moment lived experience. Early DMT developers will be acknowledged, and explored in an experiential manner recognizing psychological and movement/dance backgrounds. The historical situatedness of the profession of dance/movement therapy will be examined, while acknowledging the broader global context in which the use of dance and movement has been used across generations and cultures. By exploring the contemporary applications of DMT in the fields of psychology, wellness, rehabilitation, education, and childhood development, this course highlights the unique healing processes of DMT, in relationship to other mind/body approaches and to the creative arts therapies. In the end, this course will equip students to develop a working definition of DMT for themselves within historical, cultural, and personal contexts.

2 credit hours / 30 classroom hours - Approved by the ADTA

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The Neuroscience of Embodied Presence: Moving within the Inter-subjective Realm

Instructor: Kris Eric Larsen LCPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA

In Person - Two Weekends

Cost: $850

Embedded within the intersubjective relationship is the opportunity for present moment experiences of self and other. As dance/movement therapists we are utilizing our bodies as intuitive processors within the therapeutic relationship and thus in need to be conscious of how we create presence in our own bodies for self-care and within the relationship for intervention and healing. Current discoveries in neuroscience and mindfulness find the field of psychology integrating the mind and the body in ways that are both new and creative. This course introduces students to in-roads for creating presence, mindful self-care, identification of personal creative process and critical inquiry of neuroscientific discussions that integrate and navigate the flow of mind and the flow of bodies in movement.

2 credit hours / 30 classroom hours - Approved by the ADTA

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Performance as Therapy

Instructor: Kris Eric Larsen, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA

Dates: In Person - October 22 & 23, 2024 1-5pm

Cost: $350

Location: 1802 W Berteau Suite 205, Chicago, IL

Course Description: Performance involves preparation through engagement on many levels, intrapersonal and interpersonal. It includes being immersed in the creative process, feedback on the emerging creation and its integration. While there is an ongoing reflective dialogue between the process and the product, it also involves active decision making and community building.

As therapists we often ask how we can sustain connection to our creative selves while in the midst of working in a field of suffering. We also wonder how we can engage our clients in new perspectives that are based in creativity and the role of community in group process and healing. Performance as Therapy is a developed framework seeking to expand the practice of creative arts therapies and also that of counseling as it involves many of the techniques found in humanism, group process and positive psychology while bridging the gap between verbal and non-verbal processes. It asks the question “What is the role of self in creativity and how this relationship is fundamental to therapeutic performance, multicultural expression and human existence?”

This workshop will explore the 4 concepts of creative process and art making, developed by the workshop presenters. Participants will be guided through the 4 concepts as they explore the journey from finding the inner impulse to create all the way to community performance.

 8 classroom hours

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