LivingDance – LivingMusic

LivingDance – LivingMusic

09 – 12 Apr 2019, 9 am – 4.30 pm
4th floor, Erato School of Music & Performing Arts
30 Doan Thi Diem, Hanoi

From the organizer

Expressing feelings — joyous or painful — can be a challenge. LivingDance~LivingMusic™ works with fundamental elements of dance, music, and creative processes to meet this difficult task. It does so by working with natural elements of movement to which we all have access — breath, pulse, muscle connectivity, movement centers, and shape, the kinesthetic sense of the body boundary.

Through experiential learning, discussion, readings, journal writing, lecture, improvisational dance and music making, Dr. Danielle Fraenkel introduces you to these natural body-based elements to show you (1) how they relate to affect, relationships, identity development, and locus of control; (2) how you can use them to generate feelings of effectiveness and well being; and (3) how they provide the foundation for LivingMusic™.

Other topics include the LivingDance~LivingMusic approach to authentic movement, the Facilitative Quartet, Somato Respiratory Integration as a building block for personal expression, multicultural issues, the foundations of body-psychotherapy, and current research in neuroscience. The American Dance Therapy Association has approved this course as meeting requirements for the Alternate Route DTR credential (3 credits, 45 hours).

NOTE for Participants:
– You do not need talent or training to benefit from this approach.
– Bring drums and other musical instruments if you have them, paper or a notebook, pen or pencil, markers, crayons, or any other writing and drawing materials.
– Dress comfortably so that you can dance freely and invest in the music making. By doing so, you can learn how to improve your life and the lives of your clients through creative processes.


1, PhD. Danielle L. Fraenkel

Danielle L. Fraenkel PhD, BC-DMT, NCC, LCAT, LMHC, CGP, director of Kinections — the only free standing institute in the United States that offers all the dance/movement therapy courses required for certification — is the creator of LivingDance™, the precursor to LivingDance~LivingMusic™.Her program is so well regarded that the Sancheti Health Care Academy invited Dr. Fraenkel and Kinections to collaborate with them to create India’s first Certificate Program in Dance/Movement Therapy.

Innovator and published author, Dr. Fraenkel works from the premise that dance is inherently healing. She has introduced LivingDance~LivingMusic to dancers and non-dancers both nationally and internationally — including many times at the University of Hong Kong’s Centre on Behavioral Health, presented frequently at conferences, and contributed to magazines, academic journals, and texts on group therapy. By invitation, Dr. Fraenkel will be teaching the first intensive nine-day LivingDance~LivingMusic Certificate Program at Apollo Beijing Education and Consultation in October.

Currently, she teaches dance/movement therapy at Kinections (on-line and in-person), at Sancheti Health Care Academy, and at the University of Rochester. She supervises both students and practicing dance/movement therapists nationally and internationally, works privately with individuals and groups, and is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of BIODANCE, a dance company that explores social, political, and environmental issues. In 2014, the American Dance Therapy Association honored Dr. Fraenkel with their award for Excellence in Education.

2. Jeffrey D. Mehr

Since he was four years old, Jeffrey Mehr, MA, Music Director at Kinections, a graduate of the Musicianship and Leadership Program at Music for People, and creator of LivingMusic™, has played many instruments including piano, cello, harmonica, saxophone, bassoon, and guitar. He holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and has practiced Taijiquan for more than forty years. Music and martial arts together have taught him sensitive listening/responding skills that he brings to his creative process. Mr. Mehr shared that process at the Apollo Beijing Education and Consulting, the University of Hong Kong Centre for Behavioral Studies, and the 2019 International Conference on Creative Art Therapies at the Sancheti Medical Center in Pune, India.

As part of LivingDance~LivingMusic™ musicianship, Mr. Mehr creates immediate new music using keyboards, harmonicas, and synthesizers. His LivingMusic™, a technique of improvisational playing grounded in the “LivingMusic Loop,” evolves during the LivingDance™ process. Powered directly by the dancers and supporting exploration, discovery, and immediate feedback, LivingMusic creates an environment that speaks to the ancient connection between dance and music.

Under his LivingDance~LivingMusic™ leadership, students will learn his Four Step Formula so that even those who have never played an instrument can support their clients’ journeys towards personal growth.

– Duration: 28 hours totally in 05 days the 9th to 12th of April 2019
– Venue: Tầng 4, Erato School of Music & Performing Arts, 30 Đoàn Thị Điểm, Hà Nội
– Tuition fee: 8,500,000 VND / course (early bird before 26/3: pay only 7.200.000 vnd/ course)
– Scholarship: 03 scholarships of 70%, 50% and 30% tuition fee will be awarded, based on applicant’s Letter of Interest.

– Fill the form in this link
– Submit a Letter of Interest if you apply for scholarship
Deadline: 2th April 2019

* Payment
Account number: 0451000297964
Account holder: Nguyễn Thu Thủy
Bank : VCB Thành Công

Contact person: Nguyễn Thu Thủy (0945.370.186)
Email: [email protected]

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