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What is LivingDance™?

LivingDance™ works with natural forms of movement that are intrinsic to the art of dance: breath, muscle connection, shape, beat, etc. These relate directly to how we feel about ourselves, how we function, and how we relate to others. By combining the creative and the kinesthetic, LivingDance attends to personal and professional growth.

Class in motion at Kinections

LivingDance combines kinesthetic sensing, Somato-Respiratory Integration™, improvisational dance, authentic movement, and music to:

LivingDance synthesizes current knowledge of human development, creativity, dance, counseling, and the body-mind connection. People of all ages and sizes benefit. Neither dance training nor talent is required.

Dancers in Sync at Kinections

Most people had the skills LivingDance works with before they went to kindergarten. How they got lost varies. LivingDance provides opportunities to reclaim these hidden or lost ways of being in the world. Moreover, everyone can do so at a pace that suits them best.

Dr. Danielle Fraenkel developed LivingDance after she witnessed the powerful effect creative movement and kinesthetic sensing had on individuals with eating disorders. As she worked, she found specific relationships among natural elements of dance/movement such as breath, muscle connection, shape, pulse, and a range of psychological processes. Using these natural elements, she saw how these body-based parameters and creative dance generated awareness, presence, and identity development. With this in mind, Dr. Fraenkel integrated principles drawn from dance/movement therapy, the Kestenberg Movement Profile, Dr. Donald Epstein's concept of Somato-Respiratory Integration™, theories of identity development, and creative dance. The ultimate result: LivingDance~LivingMusic.

Applications & Methods

LivingDance methods can be applied to a variety of settings

Clinicians report

LivingDance methods have also been applied to

It is as useful for people who feel awkward in their bodies as it is for skilled movers such as dancers and athletes.

Parents describe positive changes in their parenting skills

Educators and student teachers recount taking better control of their classes, being more willing to take creative risks in lesson planning, and feeling better able to understand the impact of boundaries in the classroom.

Attorneys describe feeling more confident and articulate during courtroom hearings.

Nurses report incorporating elements of LivingDance into their interventions and being better able to express their concerns to the doctors in charge.

Artists report breaking through long term creative blocks.

Methods include improvisation, kinesthetic sensing, authentic movement, somato-respiratory integration, and embodied imagery.

LivingMusic is the latest addition to the LivingDance process. Jeffrey Mehr, MA, plays keyboard and synthesizers. His empathic musical expression relates directly to the process, either as a link to a specific dancer or dancers, or as an extension of the task at hand.

Registration (workshops, intensives, professional training)

To register, use our contact form.

If you want to participate in a three day intensive LivingDance workshop or a 5 day training course to learn how to lead LivingDance sessions send e-mail to kinectionsinfo@kinections.com

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