Hancock Center: For Dance/Movement Therapy


New Video Clip
HC says goodbye to Mariah
Tips for Families for Winter
Program Updates
Dance/Movement Therapy On-Line


New Video Clip!
A few e-newsletters ago we promoted this new video clip featuring HC's In-School program. However, it wasn't accessible without a password! My apologies!  Please try again - check it out- and use the password 'RENA'.
DMT in the Schools
This is an edited sequence from The Moving Child film, (a film about the role of movement in healthy child development) which is not yet complete. This clip features Dance-Movement Therapy as applied with children in elementary schools in Madison, WI as demonstrated by therapists from Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy. It demonstrates the positive relationship between movement and learning. View video here. Use password 'rena'.
More info about this project, The Moving Child.  


Winter 2016

Dear ,

Happy New Year!
The cold and dark we experience at this time of year in Wisconsin lends itself to quiet hibernation, and I personally enjoy that time as restful and reflective. (If you're someone for whom this is not the case, then read on... you may like Ann Wingate's article of Winter Tips). No matter the climate, I hope your winter holiday was equally restorative. 

Our fall/winter fundraising ended 2015 with good cheer for Hancock Center! Fifty-nine individuals and businesses, some new to us, responded with donations big and small to HC's campaign, United Way of Dane County's campaign, and a matching donation challenge. The total of $37,745 makes our hearts swell with gratitude. Thank you! Now, we begin 2016 with renewed spirit!
If you missed the opportunity to make a donation (it's never too late! 61% of fees for direct services is covered by grants and donations! that's free or reduced rates for 94% of our clients!) or 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:
Make a Donation
Administrative Associate
New HC House
A Departure
In 2006 Mariah Meyer LeFeber came to Hancock Center from Columbia College for her graduate level dance/movement therapy internship and upon completion joined our staff. Nine years later, she leaves HC and Madison an accomplished professional and mother of two! During her time in Madison she has worn many hats and developed many roles with energy and expertise. She became a nationally board certified, state licensed Dance/Movement Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, University of Wisconsin-Madison Dance instructor, and certified Yoga Fit Kids instructor. She also performed professionally and in community, co-pioneered a grants project for University students to work with underprivileged teen girls in dance performance, and has had her written work on DMT published in three books. Mariah has a generous spirit and intelligence that has yielded her many fans in our community. We at Hancock Center are grateful for her innumerable contributions to the center and its mission, but most of all we cherish her friendship. It was with tears and appreciation that we said goodbye to her this past September. We wish her and her family a brilliant future!
Get Ready for Winter
Helpful Family Tips from Ann Wingate, HC DMT
It's winter time! And, it's cold and dark. Is your family experiencing the winter doldrums and/or "cranks"?  If so, movement may help restore your energy and outlook on life. Physical play and movement experiences are perfect for releasing tension, generating natural "feel-good" brain chemicals, and enhancing parent-child bonding. 
Indoors, consider setting up an obstacle course through one or more rooms using pillows, chairs, tables, and anything that naturally exists in the environment. Or, have a jumping contest (using a small trampoline, jumping rope, or even finding different silly ways to jump). Or stage a dance extravaganza -with each participant choosing at least one tune and all joining in. Mirroring each others dance can be a fun way to show your care and connection. An indoor beach party can also be fun: play limbo, toss a beach ball around and boogie to the Beach Boys or Ralphie's surf song.
Outside, join your child in winter fun - building a family of snow people or funny creatures, creating snow pictures with spray bottles full of colored water as your art medium, going on a winter nature/photography walk, or a "sparkle" walk on a sunny day following a recent snow can be a great inspiration for all.
Have fun, keep mentally and physically fit, and remember when you live in Wisconsin it is great to enjoy the delights of the winter season!
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.  

In-School Therapy and Violence Prevention Program
This program is partially funded by a grant from United Way of Dane County, and more recently, by an anonymous grant via the Madison Community Foundation.
So far this school year there are 31 classrooms of kids and teachers learning movement-based violence prevention skills weekly in 7 Madison elementary schools. In addition, 5 small dance/movement therapy groups have developed in 4 of the schools and also meet weekly with Hancock therapists. Therapists use expressive movement, music and art as well as words to address the mental health issues of group members and facilitate self-awareness and empathetic connection.
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! 

        Kids by window with scarf  
Groups continuing this New Year 
'Self & Social Identity' -movement therapy for children 
For children with developmental issues, ages 5-8. This group will use dance, rhythm, and creative movement play to develop self-awareness, support peer relationships, and to develop motor skills. More info here.
'Movers & Shakers'- movement and socialization class for adults with developmental differences  
DD Class figures
This class is filled with movement, music,and opportunities for social connection. Develop healthy relationships, body awareness, self-esteem, and positive leisure involvement. Wednesdays, Starting January 13, 2016. 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.
Peace with others starts as peace within



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.


Make a Donation

Donate online
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.