Marian Chace Foundation Lecture

Friday, October 18th | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Title: Reflection, Evolution and Risk Taking

Lecturer, Nana Koch, BC-DMT, EdD, LCAT, NCC, LPC, CMA

Introduction by Elissa Q. White, BC-DMT, LCAT, CMA

Nana Koch, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, NCC, LPC, CMA is a board certified dance/movement therapist, licensed creative arts therapist and educator. Nana studied with dance therapy pioneer Liljan Espenak in the certification program she offered at Flower and Fifth Avenue Hospital/Mental Retardation Clinic. Based on Espenak’s work, Nana teaches her specialized system for patient treatment from diagnosis to an implemented plan. She has taught courses and workshops focused on this system at numerous conferences and institutes in the United States and internationally at Kinections in Rochester and in Japan, Costa Rica, Mainland China (Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen), Hong Kong, India, and Australia. She also specializes in teaching courses on group process in dance/movement therapy.

Until she retired in March of this year, Nana was an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Movement Science at Long Island University in NY.

Formerly, Nana was the coordinator of the Hunter College Dance/Movement Therapy Masters Program. For several years, she served as first a member of an then as Chairperson of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA)  Sub-Committee for Approval of Alternate Route Courses; she is a former chairperson of ADTA’s Credentials Committee and member of the Approval Committee. In 2012, the ADTA honored her with their Excellence in Teaching award.

Nana’s interviews of three dance/movement therapists formed the basis for much of the dialogue used in the film produced by the New York Chapter of ADTA: Moving Stories Portraits of Dance/Movement Therapy. She is the author of several articles/interviews appearing in the American Journal of Dance Therapy (AJDT).

In 2018, Nana was awarded a grant from the Marian Chace Foundation (MCF) to have subtitled into Spanish and Chinese eight of the most viewed ADTA Talks. These ADTA Talks are now on YouTube and available to an ever-growing international community interested in the work of dance/movement therapists.

Elissa Queyquep White, BC-DMT, CMA studied with Marian Chace and Irmgard Bartenieff.  She co-founded the Dance Therapy Program at Hunter College in 1971 and along with teaching, worked clinically from l967-1998.  She is a charter member of the American Dance Therapy Association and served in many capacities on the Board of Directors, the last being president of ADTA.  She teaches courses at Pratt Institute and Kinections, is on the advisory board of Inspirees Institute in Beijing. She has published articles on dance/movement therapy and movement observation.