University of hong kong, 2016

University of hong kong, 2016

Danielle L. Fraenkel, PhD
Founder and Director

Danielle L. Fraenkel PhD, BC-DMT, NCC, LCAT, LMHC, CGP, director of Kinections—the only free standing institute in the United States that offers all the dance/movement therapy courses required for certification—is the creator of  LivingDance™, the precursor to LivingDance~LivingMusic™. Her program is so well regarded that the Sancheti Health Care Academy invited Dr. Fraenkel and Kinections to collaborate to create India’s first Certificate Program in Dance/Movement Therapy, based on the stringent requirements of the American Dance Therapy Association.

Innovator and published author, Dr. Fraenkel  works from the premise that dance is inherently healing. She has introduced LivingDance~LivingMusic to dancers and non-dancers both nationally and internationally, presented frequently at conferences, and contributed to magazines, academic journals, and texts on group therapy. 

Currently, she teaches dance/movement therapy at Kinections (on-line and in-person), at Sancheti Health Care Academy, and at the University of Rochester. She supervises both students and practicing dance/movement therapists nationally and internationally, works privately with individuals and groups, and is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of BIODANCE, a dance company that explores social, political, and environmental issues. In 2014, the American Dance Therapy Association honored Dr. Fraenkel with their award for Excellence in Education.

university of hong kong, 2016

university of hong kong, 2016

Jeffrey Mehr, M.A.
Music Director, Accounts Manager

Since he was four years old, Jeffrey Mehr, MA, Music Director at Kinections, Mentor for Music for People, and creator of LivingMusic™, has played many instruments including piano, cello, harmonica, saxophone, bassoon, and guitar.  He holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and has practiced Taijiquan for more than thirty years. Music and martial arts together have taught him sensitive listening/responding skills that he brings to his creative process.

As part of LivingDance~LivingMusic™, Mr. Mehr creates immediate new music using keyboards, harmonicas, and synthesizers. His LivingMusic™, a technique of improvisational playing grounded in the “LivingMusic Loop,” evolves during the LivingDance™ process.  Powered directly by the dancers and supporting exploration, discovery, and immediate feedback, LivingMusic creates an environment that speaks to the ancient connection between dance and music. Students will learn his Four Step Formula so that even those who have never played an instrument can support their clients’ journeys towards personal growth.

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