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early pioneer of dance therapy while she performed with the Jean Erdman Theatre
of Dance, Dr. Berger teaches dance therapy at New York University, where she
was the Director of the Program in Dance Education from 1993–2002. She is also
currently the Director of the Dance Therapy Program at theHarknessDanceCenterof the92nd StreetY.
She has created dance
therapy training programs in the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Sweden,
and has taught dance therapy and the Movement Psychodiagnostic Inventory in
France, Germany, Greece, Korea, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, and Taiwan.
She initiated the International Panel of the ADTA in 1995.
In 2009, Dr. Berger
received the Charles Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College, the
ADTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, was inducted into the Dance Library of
Israel Hall of Fame in 2005, and she was given the Marian Chace Award for
fostering the international growth of dance therapy in 2002. Past President and
charter member of the American Dance Therapy Association, Dr. Berger was
Director of the Creative Arts Therapies Dept. at Bronx Psychiatric Center
1970–1990, and is a past Chair of the National Coalition of Creative Arts
A former co-editor of
the American Journal of Dance Therapy and editorial board member of the Journal
of Dance Education, she now is on the board of Arts in Psychotherapy and the
American Journal of Dance Therapy.
An early student of
dance therapy pioneers Marian Chace, Irmgaard Bartenieff, and Rhoda Winter
Russell, she studied non-verbal communication with Albert Scheflen, Martha
Davis, Marion North, Judith Kestenberg and Warren Lamb. and studied dance with,
among others, Alwin Nikolais and Martha Graham.
Upcoming MovementTalks in 2013:
April 2013 - Sustainable Arts: Policy, Practice, and Programming. With guests Lise Brenner, Paul Nagle, and Judy Hussie-Taylor
May 2013 - Dance and the American Sacred Cows / Meat and Money. With guests Zeffrey Throwell and Carrie Ahern