DMTs Show Artistry and Collaboration in the Third Annual MOVED Concert (preview)


MOVED is a student run organization in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (DMT & C) program at Columbia College Chicago. With a mission of advocacy for DMT through sponsored events and volunteering, MOVED promotes the integration of body and mind as a healing practice and provides exposure for the various therapeutic applications of dance.

A day in the life of a Dance Movement Therapist doesn’t look like any sort of dance career you might imagine. There are no ballet classes, no rehearsals… instead, the DMT spends his/her days with people who don’t know anything about dance.  But while Dance Movement Therapy is primarily a healing and counseling practice, at its heart is dance.

In its third year, the MOVED concert gives current DMT students as well as faculty and alumni of Columbia’s program the opportunity to revisit the artistic side of dance and stretch their choreographic wings. Title “MOVED By..”, this year’s concert used the prompt What Moves You? to inspire each work presented

 “MOVED By…” takes place November 14 – 15, 7pm at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse (3035 N. Hoyne). Voluntary donations of $10 are accepted at the door.

Author: Lauren Warnecke

Lauren Warnecke is a freelance dance critic, contributing to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine. She is senior editor of See Chicago Dance. Lauren covers dance across the Midwest and writes regularly for Dance Magazine and Pointe with additional bylines in Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Teacher. Forthcoming publications include essays on ballet training in Chicago (University of Illinois Press) and Shirley Mordine (University of Akron Press). In 2020, Lauren published an opinion piece on the impact of COVID-19 on the arts in the South African journal Agenda. Lauren holds degrees in dance and kinesiology and has presented research on dance training practices at the National Dance Education Organization and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She has co-facilitated critical dance writing intensives in Chicago and Durban, South Africa, and participated in writing residencies at the National Center for Choreography, Bates Dance Festival and JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience. Lauren teaches dance history and kinesiology for dancers, with part-time appointments at Loyola University Chicago and Illinois Wesleyan University.