Marginalia, Graduate Blog

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Tell us a little bit about what you were doing before you came to Columbia.

I am from the Chicago area and have been dancing for almost 16 years, mainly in the areas of jazz, ballet, and modern. It wasn’t until high school that I had found out about Dance Movement Therapy as a potential career choice. Having a passion for dance and an interest in psychology, I soon realized it was exactly the type of career I was looking for. In preparation for going after this career, I applied to an undergraduate program that offered degrees in both psychology and dance.

For the past four years, I was in Decatur, IL earning my Bachelor of Science in psychology and minors in both dance and Spanish at Millikin University. During my time as an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to take part in community service, as well as help to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through my sorority Delta Delta Delta. As I wrapped up this last academic career, I completed my capstone, the final requirement of my psychology major. Aside from being involved with Millikin University, I have also worked at the Barrington Park District working in customer service.

Why did you choose Columbia for your graduate study?

Columbia College Chicago was the school that started it all for me. I didn’t know what Dance Movement Therapy was until I had learned about it from a family friend. Wanting to learn more, I searched Dance Movement Therapy on Google, and Columbia popped up. As I read on about Columbia’s curriculum and mission for DMT students, I became more interested. Later on, I chose to write a research paper about DMT and the benefits of dance for one of my undergraduate research assignments. After I had finished my paper, my research continued on from an undergraduate assignment to a potential career choice. I had looked into DMT programs at other schools, but they didn’t seem quite right for the interests that I had in the field. Columbia had a very diverse faculty, which was important to me because this career can be taken in many directions. I could also tell that the faculty were interested in supporting the students, and the students were interested in supporting one another, which was extremely important to me. Columbia’s program also placed just as much emphasis on the importance of creating an atmosphere with expressive freedom as creating a challenging academic curriculum. Seeing the balance in Columbia’s program from all angles is what made this school the right choice for me.

Tell us about a project you’re working on that you’re excited about.

I recently finished working on a piece that I had choreographed. I had collaborated with another artist, Grace DeClerck, to demonstrate the struggles of dealing with an illness, specifically mental illness, and how dance and art could be used as forms of therapy. Using a Merce Cunningham technique, Grace and I worked through our separate mediums of dance and art to create the piece. The finished result involved both choreographed and improvised interactions that the dancers had with each other and the artwork that was present on stage.

Do you want the student perspective on the Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling MA program?
Email our Ambassador at dmt.ma@colum.edu

Goodbye

by Chelsie Batko

Wow!  Here it is, my final post as the Marginalia Dance/Movement Therapy student ambassador.  I cannot believe how quickly this last year has gone by or how much I feel …

Goodbye

Wow!  Here it is, my final post as the Marginalia Dance/Movement Therapy student ambassador.  I cannot believe how quickly this last year has gone by or how much I feel …

Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling MA Chelsie Batko, chelsie.batko@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Student/Faculty Dance Concert

by Chelsie Batko

As I round the end of July, I am excited by the fact that the Student/Faculty Dance Concert is almost here.  One of the reasons that I chose to come …

Student/Faculty Dance Concert

As I round the end of July, I am excited by the fact that the Student/Faculty Dance Concert is almost here.  One of the reasons that I chose to come …

Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling MA Chelsie Batko, chelsie.batko@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Exploring Scholarly Writing

by Chelsie Batko

One of the things that I was excited to discover about the Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling MA program were the many resources that the department offers to help develop …

Exploring Scholarly Writing

One of the things that I was excited to discover about the Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling MA program were the many resources that the department offers to help develop …

Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling MA Chelsie Batko, chelsie.batko@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

What to Expect From the Summer Semester

by Chelsie Batko

It is official–I can now be considered a second year student in the Dance Movement Therapy & Counseling program!  So what all does that entail? This summer, I will continue …

What to Expect From the Summer Semester

It is official–I can now be considered a second year student in the Dance Movement Therapy & Counseling program!  So what all does that entail? This summer, I will continue …

Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling MA Chelsie Batko, chelsie.batko@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Change

by Chelsie Batko

Finals time is finally here and in the midst of all the final papers and tests I have taken a break to reflect on my first year of being a …

Change

Finals time is finally here and in the midst of all the final papers and tests I have taken a break to reflect on my first year of being a …

Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling MA Chelsie Batko, chelsie.batko@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Avoiding an End of the Semester Burnout

by Chelsie Batko

Crunch time!  As I get ready to round the last several weeks of the semester I am working on maintaining my sanity as I continue to burn the midnight oil.  …

Avoiding an End of the Semester Burnout

Crunch time!  As I get ready to round the last several weeks of the semester I am working on maintaining my sanity as I continue to burn the midnight oil.  …

Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling MA Chelsie Batko, chelsie.batko@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605