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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. 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.

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 


December 2013 

Dear ,


Despite the on-set of winter chills, snow and ice, and the pace of things getting a little hectic, it's good to keep in mind that the seasonal celebrations upon us are designed so that we can take time off from the routine--to appreciate the harvest, to be with loved ones, or to think of others in our giving. 


Though we all continue to be busy, remember to take time to appreciate how much we really have and to give a little."Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance." -Eckhart Tolle.


We at Hancock Center have much to celebrate and for which to feel grateful. We are thankful for your interest and support, and wish you, our friends and associates, all the best during the holidays. Give thanks and practice peace.    


If you are interested in supporting our center's mission through volunteering, making a donation, or becoming a member of the HC Board of Directors, or becoming a friend, please contact us or click here:

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Your help is greatly needed, thank you!    



Laura Rogers 

Administrative Associate

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HC Celebrates 30 years
Thank You!! 

In October Hancock Center celebrated its 30th Anniversary with an open house party. We were overjoyed to see old friends and new faces!  In all we received around fifty guests at our afternoon fete. We were also honored by two esteemed guests:  

  • Sharon Chaiklin, Trustee of the Marian Chace Foundation of the American Dance Therapy Association and dance/movement therapist from D.C., flew here to attend the Board meeting and to speak about the significance of the Hancock Center in the DMT community.
  • Dane County Executive, Joe Parisi, joined us to present a Proclamation in honor of Hancock Center's 30 years of service in Dane County. What a treat! 

Speakers also included Debby Thomas, former Executive Director and Founder of HC, our long-time Board President Buff Brennan, and Rena Kornblum, longtime Hancock therapist and Executive Director.  


Hancock Center was fortunate also to get some good press around this event. Check out the two local articles: Cap Times and Downtown Dialogue (pp. 5-6) for some great detail about it's history and work.  


Thanks also to our sponsors: Nature's Bakery Cooperative; Willy St. Coop; Trader Joe's Madison; Bunky's Cafe; HyVee Madison; Michael's Frozen Custard; and Ian's Pizza State St.- for providing all of the food and drinks. Click here to see some pics from the event.


Staff and Board worked together to make this a lovely and successful event and we are indebted to each of you!

Debby Thomas Retires
Debby at 25th Anniversary
Speaking of long-term, it is with enormous gratitude and respect that we announce the official retirement of Deborah Thomas
from the Hancock Center. Her wisdom and generosity in creating, supporting, and guiding Hancock Center has been an incredible gift to the thousands of clients HC has served, to all the HC staff, and to dance/movement therapy. Though she will not be leading sessions she will still accompany the center on its journey by participating in staff deliberations, providing consultation for staff DMTs, and by serving on the Board as the Vice President. This winter she will present a Jungian sand tray training for our clinical staff. Her leadership and generous contributions sustain us. Thank You Debby!
In the Community

Fall Outreach

Dance therapists from Hancock Center presented locally, regionally and nationally again this fall.  

  • Rena Kornblum presented on how non-verbal work can augment one's practice to social workers at the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers 39th Annual Conference.  
  • Grace Valentine and music therapist Roseanna Cyr led an experiential introduction to their Empowerment and Creative Expression group at the Wellness Workshop of the Dane County Timebank.
  • Robyn Lending Halsten and Mariah Meyer LeFeber presented "Beyond Words: Incorporating Movement and Mindfulness into Your Trauma Practice" at the Midwest Conference on Child Sexual Abuse.   
  • Ann Wingate led two experiential workshops at the Midwest Conference on Child Sexual Abuse on developing somatic awareness and approaches to address effects of trauma on both client and caregivers, titled "Staying Present".
  • Rena Kornblum  presented "Dance/Movement Therapists and Schools in Collaboration: a Multicultural, Embodied Approach to Violence Prevention" at the 48th Annual Conference of the American Dance Therapy Association. The content covered her movement-based social skills and violence prevention curriculum, and explored empathy, anger management, modulating arousal & multi-cultural uses of proximity in clinical and prevention settings.   
  • Mariah Meyer LeFeber led a breakout session with a diverse group of teenagers on "making it in entertainment and the arts" at the "Youth Empowerment Summit" organized by a local neighborhood planning council. 
A Midwinter Workshop for Women 

Join us for a Saturday workshop in January to explore what music and movement makes you feel more alive.


What voice and movement qualities reveal who you are? What is the music that "sings" to you?  What do you like to do that "moves" you? What kind of everyday sound do you gravitate towards or away from? Do you enjoy walking or dancing or playing some sport?    


At this workshop we shall explore a few activities and exercises that can further deepen our understanding and appreciation of ourselves. Simple tones and steps that are light in quality vs. strong, how do they make us feel? We shall discuss the affect of these and other preferences in various areas of our lives-in our relationships with others, in our work and play.  Finding what is pleasing to our ears, and to our bodies in motion, may open discoveries for the future.
Although the facilitators are music and dance therapy professionals, this is not a therapy session. We hope that your awareness of some of these areas will enhance your lives and stimulate you to further explorations. 


Facilitated by: Music therapist RoseAnna P. Cyr, MA, MT-BC, and Dance/Movement Therapist Grace Valentine, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL, LPC


Saturday, January 18, 2014, 9am-4pm (with one hour lunch break) $50

Please register by January 10.
We shall confirm your registration by January 14. 


There are currently openings for weekly individual dance/movement therapy sessions for adults and children on-site at HC. Click here for more information.                                                   
ChildrensSummerprogramChildren's Dance/Movement Therapy Groups
 for children with developmental issues 

These groups will use dance, rhythm, and creative movement play to support self-awareness and peer relationships and to develop motor skills. 

Children are grouped based on age and need areas. Client needs will determine specific timing and contracted hours/number of weeks. Contact program coordinator Ann Wingate, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL. 251-0908x12 or ann@hancockcenter.net. 

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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. 3:30-4:20pm. $20/class -OR-- $75/5 classes.  

Explorations: A Dance/Movement Therapy Group for Women

A new 8 week group starting mid-February, 2014.
Free introductory session, Feb. 6, 6:30-8 pm. RSVP.

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.





Videos:  some new ones here!


Introduction to Hancock Center

Dance of Abandonment: Rena Kornblum describes a vignette

A DMT Client Describes Her Experience 

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.