Hancock Center: For Dance/Movement Therapy
Program Updates
In the News
Grace Valentine Retires
Message from BOD
VDay Event Review



Programs Updates
Dance/Movement Therapy Sessions   
  Therapists work with adults, children and families individually at the Hancock Center. Most sessions occur weekly by appointment. Click here for more information. 

Comprehensive Community Services
Since this past summer, Hancock Center therapists are approved Dance/Movement Therapy providers in the provider network for Comprehensive Community Services (CCS), a new program affiliated with Dane County Human Services (DCHS). 

Through DCHS, CCS programs provide psychosocial rehabilitation services to consumers who have needs for ongoing, high or low-intensity services resulting from mental health or substance use disorders. CCS programs use a wraparound model that is flexible, consumer directed, recovery oriented, as well as strength and outcome based. The focus of CCS programs is to assist consumers in efforts to maximize their independence. 
View the CCS brochure here.

In-School Therapy and Violence Prevention Program
This program is partially funded by a grant from United Way of Dane County, and by an anonymous grant via the Madison Community Foundation.
View our new brochure for the In-School program here! Greenleaf logo
Many thanks to Greenleaf Media   for their contribution of services on this brochure. As usual they make us look good! 
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On-Going Groups
'Self & Social Identity' -movement therapy for children 
For children with developmental issues, ages 5-8. More info here.
'Movers & Shakers'- movement and socialization class for adults with developmental differences  
DD Class figures
On-going Wednesdays. 4:00-4:50 pm.  More info  here .
To register for either of these groups, contact 
(608) 251-0908 x12.
Staff therapists also continually work with others planning collaborations or developing new programs and outreach.
Empowerment Program In the News
Wisconsin Women's Network blogpost

BRAVA Magazine article

Peace with others starts as peace within


April 2016

Dear ,

Last month a few HC staff listened together to the Dalai Lama speak via live streaming when he was in town here in Madison, WI. We were moved and inspired by his playful and sincere instruction. He left us with the feeling that we are all in this life together and that it is important to extend basic kindness toward each other and to lift each other up.

Making these connections with each other is one of the powerful themes in dance/movement therapy work. Being present in the moment is another.

In answer to questions pertaining to current issues in our society, he advised us that prayer is not enough and we have to become active in our work toward peace. When we become active we affect change. Just the smallest movement has a ripple effect. Start by letting your heartbeat send intentions of love and peace.

Read on to see what's news (view table of contents in left column).  

If you are interested in supporting our center's mission through volunteering, becoming a member of the HC Board of Directors, or becoming a friend, please   contact us  or click here:
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Administrative Associate
New HC House
30 years at HC
Grace Valentine Retires
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Senior dance/movement therapist, Grace Valentine, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL  is hanging up her hat after 30 years at Hancock Center.

Grace has brought expertise and sensitivity to working with populations of women, survivors of trauma, and the elderly both in groups and individual sessions. In addition to her therapy work with clients, Grace's contributions, including outreach, training, committee memberships, intern supervision and written works, are numerous and valued.

We invite you to join us in congratulating her for her many years of compassionate and professional service and commitment to the values of dance/movement therapy. She has helped to bring Hancock Center to where it is now in our community. Thank you Grace!  We will miss you!!

Message from the BOD
sunny-tree-boughs.jpg Happy Spring Hancock Center Supporters!

I am pleased to introduce myself as the current President of the Hancock Center Board of Directors. While I am excited to take the helm in 2016, I have very large (dancing) shoes to fill. The board of directors and I
will continue to support the essential work of the staff at Hancock Center, including the highly successful school-based 'disarming the playground' violence prevention through movement program developed by Rena Kornblum.

We are pleased to be increasing our community collaborations this year,
in particular through partnerships with DCHS's Comprehensive Community
Services. Our therapists have seen a high increase in referrals and interest in their clinical work. Through this partnership, Hancock Center is able to reach and serve a population whom may not otherwise have access to embodied based therapy.

As we look forward into 2016 we will be assessing some changes, new
developments, and additional community connections. I see 2016 as a
year of the tree. Giving gratitude to Hancock Center's roots while reaching upward with new branches and growth.

Thank you for your continued support.
Amy Thomas
VDay Empowerment Event
On February 14 Hancock Center hosted  'Empowerment through Movement & Song', a special Valentine's Day Event in conjunction with the One Billion Rising movement's Valentine's Day flash mob dance. The dance is based on the "Break the Chain" song to ris e and end sexual violence.

A group of local women consumers, invited by a variety of community support centers and agencies, met at Hancock Center to learn the dance and integrate its themes of power and self-worth through dance/movement therapy approaches. The event was facilitated by dance therapist, Ann Wingate, and Dianne Brakarsh of Moving from Within. The group then joined the Flash Mob Dance downtown in the snow, raising awareness of violence against women worldwide through joyful, spirited dance!

Thank you to the courageous women who came to join the movement! The V-Day event's success is due in part to our sponsors, listed here. We thank them for their support of the cause and of the clients who participated.
Sponsors: High Noon Saloon, Lazy Jane's Cafe, Mickey's Tavern, Zonta Club, Community Pharmacy, BRAVA Magazine, and the Midwest Center for Psychotherapy and Sex Therapy.



VIDEOS -subscribe to the ADTA Talks Channel at YouTube

Introduction to Hancock Center

The Dance of Anger: from aggression to connection (Ann Wingate speaks) 

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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or mail donations to:

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.