Volume 2| Spring 2019
Spring Breathes New Life into the World Around Us

We hope you all have had a chance to thaw out a bit from the cold and snow and are enjoying the spring colors and sunshine!

We are pleased to send you the second installment of our newsletter, which includes current offerings and events.  
The Boston Children’s Foundation (BCF), founded by Robert Macy and Dicki Johnson Macy, is committed to ending the trauma that perpetuates a culture of fear, maladaptation and violence by turning youth’s natural energy towards healing activities, social empathy and positive relationships.

For more information on BCF's programming and interventions, please click on the individual links: Rainbowdance , Community-Classroom-Culture Based Intervention (CBI) , and The Art & Technique of Isadora Duncan .
BCF Spotlight: Nina Saraceno
Nina Saraceno has been a Rainbowdance practitioner for 17 years in Boston, San Francisco and Sonoma, California. She studied Psychology and Dance at Skidmore College and has incorporated both degrees into her work with children. Her early training as a classical ballet dancer was deeply supported by the nature-based movements of the Isadora Duncan technique, and she has performed with various companies on the east and west coasts for the past 25 years.
Since 2013, Nina has been the Movement Specialist at the Cow Hollow School in San Francisco. She has been able to utilize her experience with children’s non-profits including: Boston Children’s Foundation, Project Joy of Boston and Girls on the Run Bay Area to cultivate a Preschool Mindfulness program that promotes healthy physical, social and emotional development. With her roots in Rainbowdance, the intention of resiliency-building through movement, rhythm and repetition holds strong in all of her work.
Nina has also been supporting the Rainbowdance Intervention at the Sonoma Charter School for grades K-3 alongside the amazing Ria Brigmann, Brooke Tansley, Shannon O’Dalton and Nick Dalton. The response has been incredibly positive over the past 3 years and the team has ambitions to disseminate the program throughout Sonoma County.
Nina is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, CA. With particular focus on meridian-based body work, Chinese herbalism, and acupuncture, Nina has found this path an incredibly fitting culmination of her life passions and experiences.
Evidence-Based Research Supports Efficacy of Rainbowdance in Sonoma, CA
Rainbowdance is in its fourth year of implementation with students grades
Kindergarten through third, at the Sonoma Charter School in Sonoma, California.
To increase evidence concerning Rainbowdance's impact on mental and emotional well-being, a study was conducted with the assistance of research teams at the University of Iowa.
Staff and parents were provided with a holistic Student Assessment survey both pre- and post-intervention that measured strengths and difficulties the students experience.
The results of the study reveal increases in the following domains:

  • Action Orientation
  • Emotional Control
  • Assertiveness
  • Trust
  • Empathy
  • Reflection
  • Optimism
  • Peer Relationships
  • Academic Motivation

And decreases in the following domains:

  • Conduct Problems
  • Hyperactivity
  • Peer Problems
  • Emotional Symptoms
Rainbowdance Travels to Connecticut
In addition to ongoing  trainings  in Sonoma, CA, Washington, D.C., and locally in Boston, Dicki, Rachel & Robert traveled to Enfield, CT to spread the magic of Rainbowdance.

For the very first time in Enfield area school districts, the largest gathering of educators, mental health clinicians, school administrators, and community members came together to train in the Basic Attunement Model of  Rainbowdance .

Congratulations to the 37 newest Rainbowdance trainees!
CBI Training
This Spring BCF, partnered with International Trauma Center, provided a unique opportunity for a group of 12 mental health clinicians and community leaders to learn the Community-Classroom-Culture Based Intervention created by Robert and Dicki. The weekend of March 29 - March 31, clinicians from Boston and Winnipeg, Canada were immersed in this experiential training involving movement and story-telling activities, theoretical framework and the international impact of CBI. Congratulations to all!
If you'd like to learn more about trainings, please visit our website .
Cambridge Dance Classes
Rainbowdance &
The Art & Technique of Isadora Duncan
Registration for Summer term is open!
Children's Classes: July 2, 2019 - August 6, 2019
Teen/Adult Classes: July 2, 2019 - July 23, 2019
Please click here for more info & to download the Registration form .

Class Location:
536 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

Ages 1.5 - 3 with Caregiver
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Ages 3-5
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ages 12-Adult Beginner
5:30PM - 6:30PM

Please contact Dicki or Rachel to learn more.
The Art & Technique of Isadora Duncan Student Performance:
The Heroic and the Joyful
Please join us June 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Dance Complex for our annual Student Performance!
Admission is free and open to families and friends.
Upcoming Training and Workshop
To register for the following training/workshop, please reach out to Rachel or Dicki
Basic Rainbowdance Credentialing Training

Friday, June 7, 2019
Saturday, June 8, 2019
9:00AM-6:00PM both days
*Breakfasts and Snacks will be provided both days

850 Summer St, Suite 206, South Boston, MA 02127

Training Cost: $315.00 or $130 with valid student ID*

Please click here for registration.
July 20, 2019

807 Hale Street, Beverly Farms, MA 01915

$120 payable to Boston Children's Foundation

**Please contact Dicki for registration**
Contact Information
Dr. Robert Macy, Executive Director

Dicki Johnson Macy, Director

Rachel Assaf, Assistant Director
Boston Children's Foundation
850 Summer St, #206
South Boston, MA 02127

Phone 617-699-9939