As 2015 draws to a close and my second year as President of the American Dance Therapy Association begins, I welcome this opportunity to reflect on this past year and on the many exciting projects and accomplishments that we together as an organization and community have shared.
Here is a short list of a much longer collection of highlights . . . in no particular order:
- I am thrilled to report that we closed out the year with an all time membership high of 1,639!
- We created an Arts Advocacy Day Scholarship. Yay . . . more DMT advocates!!!
- We celebrated our 50th ADTA annual conference. Many thanks to our outstanding conference committee!
- Our fabulous PR Committee, with a generous grant from the Marian Chace Foundation, created a second set of ADTA Talks featuring: Jessica Young – Substance Abuse, Maria Rivera – Social Justice, Jennifer Tantia – Anxiety, Nancy Beardall – Dating Violence Prevention in Schools, Amber Gray – Torture/Refugees, Jenny Baxley Lee – Veterans and Families, Danielle Fraenkel – Kinesthetic Empathy, Joan Wittig – Depression, Sherry Goodill – Integrative Medicine, Nana Koch – What is DMT?, and Tina Stromsted – Authentic Movement and the Brain. Also featured were members of our community sharing four minute Dance/Movement Therapy Moments. Stay tuned for upcoming messages announcing their arrival on our ADTA YouTube channel.
- Our on-line presence has grown exponentially thanks to our official Blog, Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and newly developed Instagram sites.
- We now have a webinar subcommittee, chaired by Annabelle Coote, and a rich and growing webinar library. Check it out!
- Thanks to the hard work of Ellen Schelly Hill and the Standards and Ethics Committee, we have a new and improved Code of Ethics … a document I believe we can all stand proudly behind!
- Five remarkable leaders finished their ADTA term positions: Gail Wood, Ellen Schelly Hill, Allison Winters, Meghan Dempsey and Sherry Goodill. Thank you once again for your dedication, guidance, insight and generosity of service.
- We also said hello to four equally remarkable leaders: Leslie Armenioux, Paul Sevett, Alison Salter and Vicky Wilder. We are so pleased you have accepted this invitation to serve on our board. Thank you!
- Sadly, we bid farewell to two of our charter members, Arlynne Stark and Claire Schmais, and, most recently, to a long-time supporter and advocate, Harris Chaiklin. May their memories be a blessing!
- We celebrate and welcome into the fold our 8 new R-DMTs and 27 new BC-DMTs. You can find their names in our winter newsletter.
- Sarah Lawrence was granted approval as the 7th approved master’s program of the American Dance Therapy Association. Congratulations!!!
- Licensure efforts in New Jersey and Maryland continue to move in a forward direction!
- We launched our first “Giving Tuesday” campaign, in conjunction with the Marian Chace Foundation, and raised/contributed $1855 to our inaugural “Dance/Movement Therapy Outreach to Veterans” program.
- We actively participated in the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” #GimmeFive challenge and created a fun and energetic video to share on our YouTube channel.
- A dance/movement therapist has joined the creative arts therapy team at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) … for the first time!
I could go on and on, as 2015 proved to be a year filled with exciting change and new beginnings. And I am certain each of you reading this will have your own highlights to add, moments that you are proud of or events that moved you or stood apart from the rest. Feel free to add these in the comment section below!! If you haven’t already done so, why not take the time to create your own ‘year in review.’ This exercise of reflection and recollection has left me feeling proud and full, and eager for what’s yet to come.
It is with great anticipation that I look forward to our future collaborations. I thank you for your continued trust and support and for your ongoing dedication to the field of dance/movement therapy and our association. It is my sincere privilege to serve as the president of this organization that I hold so dear. As 2015 comes to an end, and we welcome 2016, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all much happiness, good health, many new adventures and opportunities for growth. I wish you hours and hours of dance and being with those you cherish. May we all experience peace and love and share it with the world.