THERE ARE ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE!

WHAT A POWERFUL STATEMENT IT WOULD BE IF, ON FEBRUARY 14, 2015, EACH DANCE/MOVEMENT THERAPIST WOULD RISE THROUGH DANCE TO PROTEST VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.

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Since 2008, I have traveled to Kolkata, India to provide month-long workshops for the organization, Kolkata Sanved: Saving Lives Through Dance. As a dance/movement therapist and educator, I have worked with survivors of sex trafficking and psychosocial trauma in this inspirational program founded and directed by Sohini Chakraborty.  Through extensive dance study, personal dance-based therapy and dance/movement therapy training, the Sanved participants move from survivors to healers and become professional “dance trainers.” These amazing women become skilled professionals, bringing therapeutic dance to children’s shelters, psychiatric hospitals and orphanages throughout Kolkata.

Dance For Revolution Pictures – by Kolkata Sanved

This December I traveled to India for my seventh visit to work with the Kolkata Sanved community. I provided over 100 hours of dance/movement therapy and dance/movement therapy training during this visit. The groups of women I worked with were courageous and inspiring.  The dance/movement therapy experiences were empowering and healing for the different groups of participants. I am always grateful for my own experience dancing with these amazing women. Each year’s dance/movement therapy challenges are unique and require my fullest personal creativity, flexibility and life-long dance/movement therapy wisdom. I have many stories to tell but can perhaps save these for another blog. I am rather sharing with you another exciting aspect of this year’s Kolkata visit.

Eve Ensler and Sohini Chakraborty. Photo by Bonnie Bernstein
Eve Ensler and Sohini Chakraborty. Photo by Bonnie Bernstein

During this visit, Eve Ensler, author of Vagina Monologues and the initiator of the One Billion Rising Campaign, came to hold  “Dance For Revolution” events in Kolkata.” Sohini, the director of Sanved, spent months planning for these programs. The Sanved Women and young people from other agencies and shelters were participants in a film made for promoting the Feb.14th 2015 One Billion Rising Campaign. We were all thrilled to be part of this dance-activist extravaganza.

Pictures capture a thousand words. Here are some photos of Eve Ensler’s visit in Kolkata.

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I hope these images inspire us all to:

DANCE TO PREVENT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.

JOIN WITH WOMEN AND MEN AROUND THE WORLD

FEBRUARY 14,2015

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