Johanna Leseho and Sandra McMaster -- Book LaunchMonday Jun 13 2011 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
Launch of Dancing on the Earth: Women's Stories of Healing and Dance (Findhorn Press)
The essays in this compilation are a testament to dance as a healing art. Widely interdisciplinary in nature and written by women dancers from around the world, they illustrate a rich array of dance practices, cultures, and disciplines and show how this expressive therapy can be both empowering and exhilarating.
Dr. Johanna Leseho is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Brandon University. Her research project, “Coming alive: Creative movement as a personal coping strategy on the path to healing and growth,” was driven by her own experiences with dance and was the impetus for this book. Johanna has recently been nominated for the Women of Distinction Award for her work with the immigrant women’s community in Brandon.
Sandra McMaster is a westcoaster transplanted to the central prairies of Canada. For 15 years she has been a counsellor practicing Satir therapy and is a student of Hakomi, a body-centred approach to counselling. Sandra has taken classes in a wide variety of dance and has practiced yoga for 16 years, completing one year of yoga instructor training. Through this, she has come to know the transformative power of renewing and rebuilding that connection through body awareness. It is this healing power and the love of dance that moved Sandra to engage in the creation of this book.