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Deborah Thomas

Movement & Psychotherapy- A Jungian Approach. 

For clients interested in working with dreams and creative/expressive movement in an exploration of the self. Deborah Thomas, PhD, BC-DMT, DTRL, has trained with the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysis. For individuals. Available by appointment.


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Self & Social Identity Groups for Children 

Dance/movement therapy groups for children use movement and creative arts experiences to meet challenges of children with concerns related to autism, developmental issues, cognitive delays, physical challenges, ADHD, and other issues. Groups are formed based on children's shared needs, ages and schedules. $30/hour; sliding fee scale available. For more info or to make an appt., please contact Ann Wingate, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL, who provides coordination for the onsite child, teen and family program. (608) 251-0908 x12, or  ann@hancockcenter.net.

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Experience your natural potential to move with ease in a supportive environment. With Deborah Thomas, PhD, BC-DMT, DTRL.
By appointment. $60/session. Group sessions also available; cost per person based on number of class members.

DMT sessions for individual adults and individual children are available by appointment. For more info click here.

To register for classes, contact the instructor @ (608) 251-0908 or email us 


March 2013 

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You might not believe that here in the middle of Wisconsin under (another) seven inches of snow we are sprouting our spring. But it's true!


Our staff has recently had two enlightening in-services from local experts in kindred professions. Thank you to Dr. Dawn Ley, naturopath of Full Circle Natural Medicine and David Wandel, private business consultant and President of Wandel & Co. focusing on organizational and fund development for non-profits. Both provided inspiration to our winter weary selves.


Our group sessions that occur on-going throughout the year start new cycles this month and in April, and we are forming two new therapy groups for young children with developmental issues. Currently our therapists are bustling as they prepare for outreach presentations locally and out of state. 


Read on about our updates and spring program offerings!  


If you are interested in supporting our center's mission through volunteering, making a donation, or becoming a friend contact us or click here:

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Thank you for your interest and support.



Laura Rogers 

Administrative Associate

New HC House

You are Invited ...
HC FRIENDRAISER March 15, 4:30-6 pm  
A social gathering for you to get to know our organization in a casual environment. This event will be hosted by HC Board members. Learn about the several ways to become a Friend of HC. Light refreshments will be served. Stop by anytime between 4:30 and 6 pm. 16 North Hancock Street, downtown Madison. RSVP appreciated. (608) 251-0908.
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Natural Parenting Expo

Join us this Saturday, March 10, 10am - 5 pm at the Monona Terrace in Madison for the first annual Natural Parenting Expo


Therapist Ann Wingate will be giving a demonstration on dance/movement therapy: Interactive Dance Experience! And therapist Mariah Meyer LeFeber will be giving a tot yoga class!    


The goal of this Expo is to provide inspiration for making choices that are natural, holistic, and enriching by providing families a venue to learn, have fun and explore their local resources. Join us for a day of expert speakers, demonstrations, children's activities and exhibitors in over 50 booths. There will be activities for ALL ages. Bring your kids for free! The Expo runs concurrently with the CSA Fair, so come on down! 


Celebrate Social Work Month!

The National Association of Social Workers-WI South Central Branch, the UW-Madison School of Social Work, and the NASW-WI Clinical Network will be hosting a workshop and reception in celebration of social work month on March 13, 2013. Two well-known practitioners, RENA KORNBLUM of Hancock Center, and Darald Hanusa, domestic violence expert, will present on this year's theme, Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy: The Power of Social Work. At the Pyle Center, UW-Madison. More Info  


Other Outreach

HC therapists will also be presenting at Gilda's Club, Latino Youth Summit, UW-Madison Dance Dept, Waisman Center InfoShare, and the NE Chapter of the ADTA in New Hampshire. 


Dance/Movement Therapy Video

This fall therapist and executive director Rena Kornblum also presented to the UW-Madison School of Social Work. View the YouTube video of the presentation.

Join us for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
HC Open House and Presentation 


Join us Friday April 19, 2013 for an open house presentation with staff dance therapist Grace Valentine and drama therapist Lucy McLellan. Grace and Lucy will show how drama therapy and dmt are used with survivors of sexual assault. They will demonstrate exercises that build self-esteem, trust, grounding and playful outlets for self-expression and trust. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP appreciated: (608) 251-0908 or email us.

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Rena Kornblum, Director of Hancock Center has been selected to receive the "Unsung Heroine Award" from the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Dane County! The award honors individuals who have made a difference in the lives of people living with mental illness. She will receive the award at NAMI's Annual Banquet on Tuesday, March 19, 5 pm at the Concourse Hotel, downtown Madison. Congratulations Rena!!
NAMI-Dane County for more information.


Movers & Shakers: A Movement and Socialization Class for Adults with Developmental Issues

A therapeutic class filled with movement, music and opportunities for social interaction. This group is a safe place for people to engage with others while relating through the language of movement. We will explore issues relating to relationships, health and body-image, self-esteem and positive leisure activities. Please join us as we connect through the universal modality of movement! Mariah Meyer LeFeber, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, DTRL. On-going Mondays. (Class will not meet March 25, April 1 and May 27th) 3:30-4:20pm. $20/class -OR-- $75/5 classes. 

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Community Modern Dance Class Led by modern dancer and dance/movement therapist Mariah Meyer LeFeber, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, DTRL, this class is open to adults and seniors with varied dance experience. Ideas including, but not limited to, modern dance technique, improvisation, composition, collaboration, movement analysis, and current trends in dance will be explored. 

NEW Location:  

Tai Chi Center - 301 S. Bedford St., #219, downtown Madison.

On-going Mondays, 1:30-2:30 pm. Open enrollment.
New 8-week session: Mar. 18 - May 6.

$12/class drop in or $80/8 week session ($10/class)


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Empowerment for Women: A Dance/Movement Therapy Group 
Discover your movement qualities and how they shape what you do.
This group will focus on various themes, depending on the interests of the participants. Possible themes include: self-esteem, body image, patterns in relationships, ease and freedom of movement, relaxation and stress reduction, and healing from painful experiences. With simple movements and gestures, participants explore personality qualities, improve confidence, and energize their strength and assertion. Each session begins with a check-in followed by a gentle movement warm-up, then experientially focuses on the theme for the evening. No prior dance or movement experience necessary. Grace Valentine, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL, LPC, & Allison Steele, dance/movement therapy intern.
Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. April 4 - May 30 (no group 4/25).
$35/week for 8 weeks. 

Children's Self and Social Identity Groups
GROUPS NOW FORMING for children with developmental issues ages 3-5 and 5-7. These groups will use dance, rhythm, and creative movement play to support peer relationships and to develop motor skills. $30/hour; sliding fee scale available. Contact program coordinator Ann Wingate.

The Hancock Center Board is looking for new members

Your participation is welcome! 

Are you looking for a unique experience- to learn about and promote dance/movement therapy, to exercise your leadership potential, and to serve the Dane County community?  


Hancock Center Board members oversee and facilitate the mission, goals and other activities of our non-profit organization. They advise on the management of the Center's business, and have fiduciary oversight of the Center.    


Members serve renewable two year terms. One must have the ability to attend regular meetings and serve on active committees. At this point we are especially interested in individuals with finance, marketing, fundraising, and business experience!


This is your chance to help a local non-profit organization.  


To find out more about HC Board Membership click here or contact Buff Brennan.




Rena Kornblum's Blog

Violence Prevention through Movement


D/MT on You Tube:

D/MT and Counseling program at Antioch University

D/MT with Elderly Clients

Introduction to D/MT with Suzy Matheson

Leif Tellmann introduces D/MT with "Psychology in Seattle",
part one of five

American Dance Therapy Association informational slide show


Hancock Center welcomes donations to its scholarship fund, which is used to provide therapy for those otherwise unable to afford it.


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Hancock Center, 16 N Hancock Street, Madison, WI 53703.


Hancock Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is a United Way Partner Agency and a supporting agency of the Marian Chace Foundation of the American Dance Therapy Association. Donations are tax-deductible as provided by law.