My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
The artistic research project designed for children in primary schools emerges from my passionate and extensive experience as a professional contemporary dancer and performer, dance/movement therapist, and expressive arts therapist. I would like to demonstrate how dance/movement, art-making, and imaginary play can provide a space for children to explore and experience their own ideas and feelings in a therapeutic context.
This programme provides students an experiential process using a multimodal approach combining dance/movement and art-making. The programme is an invitation to encounter their own expressions and development of their sense of self and self-confidence, valuing the engagement and interacting in a group experience. The focus in the present activity empowers the students to have access to a full range of expression, and provides them the opportunity to explore a sensorial experience, an imaginative and creative universe while developing skills and communication through the language of movements and art-making. The use of multimodal approaches offers students a unique experience that is aimed at engaging them in their physical body, cognition, imagination, and emotions. The project invites students to consider experimentation as a working method and trusting the process in a therapeutic context.
In each session tamariki will explore personal creative expressions through a flexible structure commencing with breathing exercises, sensitising with dance/movements, introducing the art medium and tools followed by art-making. The artistic programme gives students the opportunity to express their own ideas and feelings using their bodies as a communicative tool and projecting their feelings through drawing in a large-scale, while exploring the connection between the quality of movements and the quality of drawing.
I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina – currently based in Auckland. I have post-graduate training in Dance Movement Therapy in BRECHA from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Expressive Arts Therapy in TAE from Lima, Peru. I studied to a professional level as a contemporary dancer and worked as a professional dancer in a contemporary dance company for 14 years in Argentina. I have worked as a performer in a dance company, and I have also worked collaboratively in research and on many dance projects with choreographers in both countries. I currently lead Dance Movement Therapy and Arts programmes in New Zealand, facilitating sessions for kids, youth and adults with special and high needs in primary Schools, community centres and arts studios. I am a dance and art tutor for inclusive community classes. I centre my work combining movement-based with multimodal arts expressions. You can see my CV and dance experiences (available on request). I am currently studying towards the Advanced Master in Expressive Arts Therapy as a part of the doctoral program from the European Graduate School.
My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with
Key experiences as a performer (see CV available on request for details and links):
- 14 years dancing in a contemporary dance company in Buenos Aires – receiving a prize for Best dancer of the year
- Performer and tutor at a dance company – performing in a series of research projects as a collaborative dancer
- I presented two dance projects at a dance festival in 2006 and 2007 – receiving a prize as a Best Performer
- Performed in the project [name redacted] at a festival in Wellington as a collaborative performer
- Currently working in a new dance installation project
- Currently working with [redacted] as a performer and support tutor in a Creative Dance programme
- I am a Dance Movement Therapist, DTAA (Prof. DMT)
- Currently working in dance & art therapy in primary schools and community centres for youth and adults
- Currently working at a local studio as a movement and art tutor and creative dance tutor for youth and adults
- Currently working with kids therapy in individual sessions
- Currently studying for a PhD as an Expressive Arts Therapist at the European Graduate School.
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
I have experience working as a dance/movement therapist and as a creative dance tutor facilitating sessions to children in primary schools with special and high needs. I worked at special schools and satellites. I am a movement and art tutor facilitating classes for youth and adults with special needs. I have experience delivering a programme facilitating dance/movement therapy at a local Community Centre for youth with special needs and through Zoom, I have experience working as a contemporary dance support tutor at another Community Centre.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
I am interested to facilitate the creative process; understanding and believing, from my own professional experience and practice, in the power of the arts and how an artistic process can bring benefits while the tamariki learn skills as an individual and as part of the community. Expressive Arts Therapy is an experiential form of psychotherapy using a creative therapeutic process rather than an end product. Expressive Arts Therapy invites the students to an imaginative and creative process through different art forms: dance/movements, art-making, music, play, drama, poetry, etc. The programme gives students the opportunity to express their own ideas and feelings through movements and visual art forms as a communicative tools. The goals for students in this programme are to:
- Experience personal growth
- Develop confidence
- Develop skills
- Expand movements repertoire and self-awareness
- Increase creative self-expression and communication
- Develop self-regulation
- Increase social interaction, social connections and group participation
- Develop group rhythm and coordination
- Focus on present activity
- Discover new abilities
- Motivate curiosity
- Cultivate inspiration and spontaneity
- Increase vitality/reduce stress levels
- Improve well-being
- Be part of an enjoyable and playful group experience in a supportive and safe environment
The programme includes the use of variety of music, props and art materials. The programme is flexible enough to be adapted to a particular topic during school terms if it is a requirement.