Mental Health and Functional Movement | Belly Dance Improvisation artwork
Baby Boomer Belly Dancer

Mental Health and Functional Movement | Belly Dance Improvisation

  • S1E9
  • 55:38
  • March 22nd 2021

Joining the conversation is Project Band student Victoria Cruz who has a Master's degree in Dance Movement Therapy.

We talked about introducing new behaviors and removing habitual behaviors using movement, especially in belly dance improvisation.

During this episode of the Baby Boomer Belly Dancer, we talk about:

00:00 Our guest, Victoria Kinsey Cruz

02:15 Before it was Project Band...

03:45 What exactly is Dance Movement Therapy?

05:52 Movement spectrums and how we show up in movement patterns

10:04 Use of movement as a therapy tool

11:30 Self-regulation and music as an organizing factor

15:17 Gaining access to better relationships and cognitive function

17:47 Willingness to try new things when you want accolades from the audience

20:05 Seeing courage, taking risks, and giving yourself space vs control

27:02 Mindset about the audience

29:04 Where each person is at and how to encourage small shifts

33:35 Navigating life through mirroring belly dance movements

40:49 Belly dancing with other Project Banders

47:00  The deep work and how small changes are profound and long-lasting

53:16  Another COVID silver lining

Bottom Line: Project Band is deep self-reflective work... and much cheaper than therapy!

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Meet the Hosts

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Karen Barbee Adkisson

With over 40 years in her chosen craft of belly dancing, Karavan Studio owner and professional belly dancer, Karen Barbee Adkisson, has been teaching students the art of belly dance techniques for more than 30 years and is dedicated to keeping live music performances as part of this artful cultural dance.

Karen's expertise at the national and international level is technique and professional progression. With an analytical background, her methodical approach to belly dancing integrates movement analysis; breakdown of that movement; and then relating it in a logical fashion to her students.

Karavan Studio in San Antonio, Texas has been home to belly dance training for all ages and fitness levels since 1988. From beginners to the competitive performer, women of all ages learn the art of belly dancing in a structured, culturally respectful environment.

To accommodate busy lifestyles, you can learn how to belly dance using Karen's proven, structured approach whenever and wherever you want online as well as in live private and group settings.

Check out more about Karen Barbee and Karavan Studio:

Baby Boomer Belly Dancer vodcast

Damn The Torpedoes blog

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