Sandra Muniz-Lieberman

BA, SUNY–Brockport. MMT, Antioch New England Graduate School. Board-certified dance/movement therapist. Worked extensively as a dance movement therapist for 30 years with a variety of populations, including individuals with autism, psychiatric disorders, learning disabilities, dementia and developmental disabilities, as well as preschoolers at risk. Studied privately with pioneers in her field, such as Dr. Judith Kestenberg. Certified in the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) in 1982, where she worked as an adjunct therapist with Dr. Kestenberg and trained at the Research Center for Families and Children in Sands Point, Long Island. Taught applied Kestenberg principles in workshops and trainings in a wide variety of settings since that time, particularly using movement components of empathy and trust to enhance relational development. Also trained in authentic movement, both privately and in groups, with pioneer Janet Adler and has been teaching this work for many years with individuals and in women’s circles. Trained in the highly traditional martial arts, Japanese karate-do, and earned her black belt in 2007; special interest is now integrating witness consciousness (authentic movement) with warrior consciousness (martial arts) in therapy and in development. Currently working as a psychology supervisor for a number of residential programs serving developmentally disabled and dually diagnosed individuals; provides direct services, as well as clinical oversight of all programming, and teaches behavioral assessment and intervention strategies. SLC, 2013–

Graduate Courses

Dance/Movement Therapy 2019-2020

Movement Observation II

Graduate Seminar—Spring

This course is an introduction to Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), with a primary focus on dance/movement therapy. The class is the second in a series of three on movement observation and assessment skills and is designed to familiarize the student with the Laban concepts and principles for the observation and description of movement, integrating other relevant perspectives for understanding human movement. Students will learn to embody and observe foundational components of physical action by exploring concepts in the categories of body, effort, space, and shape. LMA provides insight into one’s personal movement preferences and increases awareness of what and how movement communicates and expresses. In addition—through readings, movement experimentation, and discussion—students will explore the principles of the Bartenieff Fundamentals, which involve concepts such as movement initiation and sequencing, connectivity, weight transference, spatial intent, effort intent, and breath support. These fundamental ideas, when present in movement, develop dynamic alignment, coordination, strength, flexibility, mobility, kinesthetic awareness, and expression and also help facilitate relationship.

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