Sunday, April 7, 2013 – 1:00pm

Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, will present the findings of her research on the role of dance in violence prevention and share dance strategies she has developed for a range of experiences from conflict, prejudice, bullying, abuse, verbal to non-verbal miscommunication, and violence.  Special attention will be paid to somatic responses to the continuum from stress to violence, including lack of empathy, negativity, ridicule, and the wear and tear of ongoing social-emotional tension. Movement activities highlight these experiences and entry points to community building.

Martha Eddy grew up in Spanish Harlem in the 1960s.  She went on to train as a staff developer for Educators for Social Responsibility, get a doctorate studying “The Role of Physical Activity in Educational Violence Prevention for Youth,” and to work both in NYC public schools and for Inner Resilience/Tides with post-9/11 trauma. She also designed and continues to teach Conflict Resolution and Violence Prevention through Dance at the 92nd St. YMCA, and Embodied Approaches to Peace on her own and with Carol Swann through their non-profit educational arts organization, Earth Dance and Moving On Center. Location: Mt. Vernon Dance Space1720 Mt. Vernon StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19130See map: Google Maps

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