#50Years50Ways Campaign with Dance/Movement Therapist Nalini Prakash

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Everyday, through the #50Years50Ways campaign, dance/movement therapists are working to advocate and educate the public about what we do. When we hear about these individual stories, we want to share them to help spread the word! 

As part of her contribution to the #50Years50Ways campaign, Nalini Prakash, a dance/movement therapist in Washington, DC, pledged to educate the public about the field. She led a presentation and an experiential on dance/movement therapy (DMT) for a group of mental health professionals from the South Asian community (SAMHA), which included eight Indian Psychologists and Social Workers.
 
Here are some of the responses that she received afterwards . . .
 
“So interesting and some powerful stories of change. Our experiential exercise was fun! I just got back from taking a walk and had a new appreciation for the ground beneath my feet and my presence as I moved through my surroundings.”
 

“I, too, want to thank you, Nalini, for your wonderful and energizing presentation which managed to engage everyone at multiple levels AND with minimal embarrassment! … I am sure what I learned will be useful for me to keep in mind, and body!”

Dance/movement therapist Nalini Prakash pictured here working with students at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C,. Photography by Paolo Galli.

Dance/movement therapist Nalini Prakash pictured here working with students at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C,. Photography by Paolo Galli.

According to Nalini, “we dance therapists are aware of the power of movement and see transformation in our clients’ lives everyday. However, it is not enough for us to know and witness this power; we need to share the magic of movement and its potential with others. Therefore, it is important that we spread the word about dance therapy and its potential to heal the mind and the body with people who are new to the field. The best part about advocacy is seeing the realization on people’s faces and hearing their responses. So go ahead and make a pledge to advocate and educate the public – I did!!”

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Great Job, Nalini! Stay tuned for next month’s highlight piece and don’t forget to check the American Dance Therapy Association’s website for ideas of how you can be a part of the 50years50ways to advocate campaign!

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