Hancock Center: For Dance/Movement Therapy



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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 


March 2014 

Dear ,


Hancock Center hails spring with a winter belly full of outreach and successful fundraising!  We celebrate you, our friends and colleagues, for your fertile support!

The new light of the season brings with it a re-visioning of Hancock Center's future. HC staff and Board members will meet at the end of this month for our biannual day of strategic planning, emerging with a sense of renewed purpose.

And, the light shines on Hancock Center once again in a really great article from our local weekly paper, The Isthmus, about the In-School Therapy and Violence Prevention program. Check it out. Thank you Isthmus!

Read on to see what new seeds we are sowing.


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

Make a Donation 


May the equinox bring you balance!    



Laura Rogers 

Administrative Associate

New HC House

Join us for an OPEN HOUSE and Program for SAAM
Healing through Music and Dance/Movement Therapy
HC will host an open house and a short program in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 4-6 PM. Free, open to the public. RSVP appreciated.
Click here for more details.
New Class
engaging through meditation and movement

A 6 week class to explore the body as a resource for deepening our meditation practice on and off the "cushion". Facilitated movement experiences to expand the sense of being in the present moment. This class is designed for people who have some meditation experience. Robyn Lending Halsten. More info.
In the Community


Dance therapists from Hancock Center provided several presentations and workshops this winter. See here for a full listing of HC's recent outreach. 

  • Besides introducing the fundamentals and use of DMT to the public, our therapists continue an on-going partnership with the UW-Madison, presenting to students and faculty alike.  
  • Also, in this past year, HC therapists have formed two synergetic collaborations in particular. Staff therapist Ann Wingate has been working with Dianne Brakarsh of Moving From Within to bring 1 Billion Rising's flash mob dance, "Break the Chain", to teen communities to promote empowerment and end abuse. And Grace Valentine has been working with music therapist RoseAnna P Cyr of Maple Root Music Therapy to provide a collaboration of their work in music therapy and movement therapy for healing and enrichment opportunities.     

Stay tuned with our page on Facebook  Like us on Facebook for staff profiles, created by Jeanine Kiss!  

A Spring Workshop for Women 

Join us for a Saturday workshop in May to explore what music and movement make you feel most 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. For example: how do simple tones and steps that are light in quality, vs. strong, make us feel? We shall discuss the effect 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: Dance/Movement Therapist Grace Valentine, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, DTRL and Music Therapist RoseAnna P. Cyr, MA, MT-BC, LMHC. 


Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9am-4pm (with one hour lunch break) $50

Please register by May 10.  info@hancockcenter.net or call (608) 251-0908


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 differences 

These groups will use dance, rhythm, and creative/sensory movement experiences to support self-awareness, peer relationships, communication 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!

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

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.