Emma Barton's 2013 ADTA Talk on "Dance/Movement Therapy, Mindfulness and Substance Abuse"
Emma Barton’s 2013 ADTA Talk on “Dance/Movement Therapy, Mindfulness and Substance Abuse”

In 2013 at the 48th Conference in New York City, the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) filmed fifteen educational talks about dance/movement therapy (DMT) in the spirit and style of TED Talks.

Supported by a significant grant from the Marian Chace Foundation, these “ADTA Talks” are now housed on the ADTA YouTube Channel and have already been watched over 58,000 times in only 15 months.

The David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre – Site of 2015 ADTA Talks

The ADTA is excited to announce that the Marian Chace Foundation has awarded the organization a generous grant to support the production of a second series of videos. ADTA Talks 2015 will be professionally filmed  on October 22 in conjunction with the 50th Annual Conference in La Jolla, California.

There is even more exciting news! We are diversifying the content of this year’s Talks. In addition to the expert speakers invited by the ADTA to speak on a specific topic, we have reserved a number of spots for credentialed, charismatic storytellers who can share, in four minutes or less, a Moment in Dance/Movement Therapy. These shorter pieces will be concise but compelling clinical anecdotes that clearly and ethically communicate the nuanced therapeutic process involved in dance/movement therapy and inspire the viewer with powerful detail of its efficacy. As clinicians, we have all had those moments that stand out from a session: a breakthrough; a movement – inspired insight; an interpersonal connection; the absence of symptoms; the emergence of health.  We invite you to share these memorable moments with the world.

If you are a dance/movement therapist, a member of ADTA and would like to be considered for one of these spots, the ADTA Public Relations Committee invites you to submit a short audition video. (Instructions below.) There are limited spots for storytellers. Dance/movement therapists chosen to share a Moment in Dance/Movement Therapy will be selected based on ability to charismatically and articulately paint a moving picture with their words.

Audition Instructions:clapper-board-152088_1280

1) Record yourself on video sharing the first 60 seconds of your “Moment in DMT.” You can use the webcam on your computer or have a friend record you on his or her phone. We want to see how you move as you speak so please make sure that the camera captures you from the waist up.

2) Upload your video to your own YouTube account, to a private playlist so that only people you invite directly can watch it. If you are unfamiliar with how to do this, follow these easy steps:

Sign in
Under Video Manager, choose the video you wish to share
Click on edit (next to the listed video)
Scroll down to privacy settings. Make sure your video is listed as “private.”
Click +add
Enter  info@adta.org as the email address you wish to receive your video.
Scroll down and click save changes.
The ADTA office will receive a message with an accessible link to your video.

3) Email a 200 word or less bio detailing your training, clinical work and any publications to info@adta.org. Please write “Attention: Lora Wilson Mau – ADTA Talks”  in the subject line. You will receive a confirmation.

4) All components (video link, password and bio) must be received by July 13 to be considered. No exceptions.

Pro Tips:

1) Hook your audience in the first 10 seconds. Think about your opening sentences and deliver them so that viewers want to stop what they are doing to hear the rest of the story. What will you say and how will you say it so that the person who knows nothing about DMT wants to keep watching you?

2) Your story can be about any population but choose a story that is compelling. The population you speak about may influence that.

3) Make sure you are well lit so that we can see you. This doesn’t have to be professional quality video but we do need to see and hear you.

4) Don’t fret about background or setting. You can tape in your living room or  in your studio or on your porch. Just make sure you are well lit. This is not about production but communication. The production quality will happen at the taping in October.

5) Wear what you think you might wear on the actual stage. Dress for success and let that give you confidence as you speak.

Good luck! We can’t wait to hear your stories!


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