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Empowerment through Movement: A Therapy Group for Women

Empowerment offers a body-centered approach to exploring how we think, feel, and live. No prior movement experience necessary.

Grace Valentine,


& Robyn Lending-Halsten,


Thursdays, 6:30 - 8 p.m. New group March 24-June 2 (no meeting 4/20). $350 for the cycle of 10 weeks, $35/week.


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Movers & Shakers

A therapeutic for adults with developmental issues class filled with movement, music and opportunities for social engagement. This group is a safe place for people to come and engage with others. Please join us as we connect through the universal modality of movement!

Mariah Meyer LeFeber,


On-going Fridays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

$75 for 5 week punch-card or $20 per class.

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Experience your natural potential to move with ease in a supportive environment. With Deborah Thomas, PhD, BC-DMT, DTRL.
By appointment. $60/session. Group sessions also available; cost per person based on number of class members.

To register for classes, contact the instructor @ (608) 251-0908 or email us

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Stay tuned for any events HC will sponsor in conjunction with SAAM. See calendar of events for SAAM at Rape Crisis Center website.

Issue: #9

Winter  2011

Dear ,


Is it time to rejuvenate? Shed all the unused or unwanted? Or is your body telling you to eat and sleep all winter until the sun comes around again and we expand into the light and activity of springtime? This season, whatever you feel, think of Hancock Center programs for tuning in to your body's wisdom. There are currently openings for individual sessions in dance/movement therapy for children and adults. Also, read on for updated information on our groups, classes and outreach.


Any time of year is a good time to support our center's mission through volunteering or making a donation.  


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Thank you for your support and interest in Hancock Center and in dance/movement therapy.

Hancock House



Laura Rogers

Administrative Associate


Did you notice the improved appearance to this newsletter? In conjunction with our name change (clarification really) and the creation of a Hancock Center strategic plan a few years ago, we decided to update our logo and our look.

Our staff have been working slowly but surely toward this fruition. Had it not been for the gracious, professional and generous help of designer Mary Walsh and the Greenleaf Media dream team we would all be lying face down in a heap of our own graying pulled hairs.

We are very excited to finally show our new logo and brand! (Scroll above to see the title block of this newsletter.) We hope you will notice it in its different guises in print or on-line.

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We also want to thank Greenleaf Media for all of their donated services. It has truly been a gift!  Click on their logo to the right for more info.




Movers & Shakers

This fall dance/movement therapist Mariah Meyer LeFeber began leading a group at the center for adults with developmental issues, titled "Movers & Shakers." This class has been a big hit!  It is a therapeutic movement and socialization time wherein classmates explore issues about relationships, health and body-image, self-esteem and positive leisure activities. It is also filled with music and movement!

Class is on-going and meets every Friday at 3:30 pm for an hour. Please join us or pass on the information! If you are interested contact Mariah at mariah@hancockcenter.net.

Creative Dance at Monte
ssori Children's House

Therapist Ann Wingate is now teaching the creative dance for kids at the Montessori Children's House on Madison's west side. This is for three classrooms of 3-5 year olds. These classes give the children playful physical ways to express themselves while learning about an art form.  Children's basic mode of learning at this age is sensori-motor, and dance helps them integrate inner and outer experiences.The program enhances their positive sense of self and their social connections as they learn about basic concepts of dance. Dance concepts include body part and whole body movement, space, and energy modulation.  Hancock Center staff are available to offer creative dance experiences in other environments in our community--schools, scout troops, libraries--basically anywhere that children and/or families may gather for fun. Please call Ann at Hancock Center for more information.


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In-School Violence Prevention Through Movement program in 4 new schools

Our therapists are bringing the movement-based violence prevention program into Frank Allis, Thoreau, Leopold and Glendale public elementary schools in Madison as part of Hancock Center's In-School Therapy & Prevention program. This program was developed 18 years ago and is also currently at Lapham, Lowell, and Lakeview schools. Classrooms and teachers learn and practice skills that build empathy and awareness, manage anger and conflict, and offer safe alternatives to dealing with disruptions, stress and potential violence.

This program is partially funded by a grant from United Way of Dane County and is supported by many volunteer aides. If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation to support this in-demand program contact us. Or, you can donate to United Way! Pledge to United Way and select Hancock Center as your designated recipient.


Hancock Center therapists have been busy this fall and winter presenting on dance/movement therapy (dmt).  

  • They have provided in-services on the use of dmt for staff at Family Service Madison, Creative Learning Center PreSchool, and Montessori Children's House.  
  • They have presented information on our center and on dance/movement therapy in conjunction with United Way's Annual Campaign, for students--both in high schools and at the University of Wisconsin, and for members of the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill of Dane County. 
  • They have presented at the annual conference of the American Dance Therapy Association, the Midwest Conference on Child Sexual Abuse, and the Wisconsin Dept. of Human Services' Mental Health and Substance Abuse conference.  
  • Therapist and founder Deborah Thomas led a 3 hour workshop at HC in the Alexander Technique, for which there was a very positive response! Debby plans to offer another series of Alexander workshops this summer.

If you or your agency are interested in an in-service or a workshop please call us at (608) 251-0908 or email us.



Rena Kornblum's Blog

Violence Prevention through Movement


D/MT on You Tube:

D/MT and Counseling program at Antioch University

D/MT with Elderly Clients

Introduction to D/MT with Suzy Matheson

Leif Tellmann introduces D/MT with "Psychology in Seattle",
part one of five

American Dance Therapy Association informational slide show


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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.