A great thing about being a member of the Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling program at Columbia College Chicago is that we are always given the opportunity to continue performing. Every summer we put on the Student/Faculty Dance Concert, where we get the chance to collaborate and perform with our fellow colleagues and faculty members. It was a really wonderful experience to perform again, and it was just the break that I needed in the midst of this summer!
Even though we are beginning to develop into emerging therapists, I believe it is always important to remember that we are still dancers and performers at heart. Continuing to create, choreograph and perform bolsters our creativity and self-expression as artists. Providing an outlet for us to exercise these creative processes continually builds greater flexibility of our minds and fosters more creativity for our clients. This is such a crucial element to our practice as dance/movement therapists if we are to provide the best care we can.
This summer has been extremely busy, and having the chance to dance again in the midst of my stress was exactly what I needed! Being involved in the concert Looking Back & Reaching Forward was such an awesome experience because it also commemorated Jane Ganet-Sigel and Warren Lamb—two extremely influential contributors to the field of dance/movement therapy who both passed away this year. It was a privilege to honor them through our performance and to collaborate in a piece not only with dancers from my cohort, but also with second years, alumni and even some of our faculty members.
It isn’t everyday that you get the chance to dress up and shake your booty on stage with one of your professors! If you want to keep dance and performance in your life, I highly suggest being involved with every dance concert that Columbia College Chicago has to offer in the future!