Come join us SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2021 for 

Dance/Movement Therapy Connections: Resiliency in Motion

(Spring Virtual Conference)

Two Days Left to Register!

Deadline to register is Thursday, April 22nd at 5:00 PM ET

As we observe the anniversaries of the changes to our lives that the pandemic and heightened racial unrest wrought in 2020, we wish to pause to honor the innovation and grit of our dance/movement therapy community, to acknowledge our grief, and to celebrate our individual and collective resiliency.  Let's come together, witness, listen, share and dance with one another. This one-day virtual mini-conference will be an opportunity for members to share best practices in new innovations that we have discovered as teletherapists and socially distant frontline workers, to receive updates from the ADTA Board of Directors, to witness each other's journeys through a collective movement experience and to celebrate the joy of dance to connect, heal and unite.

(Please note this is a community-based, interactive day intended as a live event. The conference as a whole will not be recorded with the exception of the Keynote, which will be available for on demand viewing at a later date.)  

4.5 ADTA CEs, 1.5 NBCC CEs, 1.5 NYLCAT CEs


(All times are in Eastern Standard Time)


12:00 p.m.  – 12:45 p.m. 
We will begin the conference with an orientation to the day’s events, important announcements from the ADTA Executive Committee and an intention setting movement ritual.


1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Speed Networking! 

Back by popular demand, one of the most popular events from our Fall Conference!

A fast-paced, fun way to meet random dance/movement therapists from around the world!  Every five minutes you will be invited into a new breakout room where you get to meet other conference attendees. Will you make a new friend? Bump into a classmate from days of yore? Meet a future research partner? Only one way to find out.

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Zoom Out <--> Zoom In
Dance/Movement Therapy during COVID-19: A Community Debriefing
Whether adapting to telehealth, teaching online, or conducting socially distanced DMT groups in layers of PPE, dance/movement therapists have had to adapt their clinical and pedagogical practices in extraordinary ways this year. In this moderated community discussion, attendees are invited to breakout rooms to share successes and lessons learned in 2020. During the first hour, attendees are invited to “Zoom Out” to brainstorm new insights, interventions, and tools discovered during the past year as dance/movement therapists. During the 2nd hour, attendees will get to “Zoom In” to the topic/population of their choice and enter breakout rooms with peers to share and receive gleaned insights. 
2.0 ADTA CEs

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.  
Keynote Speaker: Carmen C. Marshall 
Embodying Transition: Growing & Thriving in the Midst of Change
The year 2020 made enormous demands on people everywhere, in every corner of society, every organization, industry and profession. People all over the world are reeling from the impact of a global pandemic and societal unrest. Before we could brace ourselves, change met us at every door. Our circumstances demanded that we learn the art of holding on and letting go. Embodying Transition: Growing & Thriving in the Midst of Change is an experiential learning opportunity to help the board, staff, and members of the American Dance Therapy Association learn how to give and receive support when everything seems to be changing around you. (Participants should be prepared to engage in movement, art and journaling.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Define the 3 Phases of Transition.
  2. Describe the difference between change and transition.
  3. Explain the role of transition.
  4. Identify 3 ways to manage transition productively.


Carmen C. Marshall | Director of Consulting | Maryland Nonprofits

Carmen Marshall, Director of Consulting at Maryland Nonprofits, leads their justice, equity, inclusion and antiracism efforts. Her work with boards and staff places her squarely in the midst of struggles that organizations face when striving for justice, equity and accountability while working to operationalize their goals. 

Carmen knows first-hand how transformative it can be when people work together to confront and dismantle all forms of systemic oppression. Her coaching, facilitation and public speaking have opened doors both nationally and internationally. Informed by her 20-year executive directorship at a national nonprofit dedicated to civil rights, Carmen’s mission is to work with those who are committed to racial healing and reconciliation.  She is the creator of the equity webinar series, Covid-19: A Matter of Equity which features experts from health, community, business, and social justice in the nonprofit sector.   

She is a Standards for Excellence Institute® licensed consultant. The Standards for Excellence Institute is a national initiative established to promote the highest standards of ethics, effectiveness, and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations. She is the former Executive Pastor of the historic Bright Hope Baptist Church and the first woman to lead the congregation in 107 years.  She is the former Executive Director of the National Black Media Coalition.  She is also a professional coach certified by an accredited program of the International Coaching Federation.  She attended the University of Massachusetts at Boston majoring in Economics and holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Texas Southern University.

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Moving towards Common Ground 
Community Witnessing  
A contained and facilitated virtual space to reflect...move...and witness in silence. 
1.0 ADTA 


8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Dance Party!  
A celebration of resiliency and community. No better way to end the day than in joy and laughter and rhythm! Costumes highly encouraged!
Looking for costume inspiration? We invite you to consider themes of superpowers, resiliency, spring, awakening, and rebirth. Family members are welcome! (Friends and family outside of the household are welcome to purchase dance only registrations to join in on the fun.)


Registration Information 

Early Bird Registration (Before April 11)
- includes access to Dance Party
  • $49 Member 
  • $29 Student 
  • $79 Non-Member

Dance Only Admission $10 Member / $5 Student 

Registration (After April 12)
- includes access to Dance Party
  • $54 Member 
  • $34 Student 
  • $84 Non-Member 

Deadline to register is Thursday, April 22nd at 5:00 PM ET