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Donna Newman-Bluestein
Dance for Connection
I am passionate about dance therapy and the power of dance to inspire, uplift and heal.
Interests: dance, dance/movement therapy, older adults, people with dementia
Recent Activity
Excited about today's midterm elections playlist for my group with frail elders. Included in the playlist are: Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, Ethel Merman's Anything You Can Do, Ella Fitzgerald singing Vote For Mister Rhythm, my all time favorite for... Continue reading
The Octaband is a device to bring people together. Continue reading
All of our products to get people moving, including the newest, are on sale, but only til October 20. If you haven’t already seen it, we now have a 24-leg Octaband® with a beautiful purple center. Second, Ollie the Octopus... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2018 at Musings of a Dance/Movement Therapist
It's hard to believe. Twelve years passes so quickly, but not without the Octaband® bringing a lot of joy and connection to people around the world. From Australia, where Social Shindig used the new 24-leg Octaband to Forest Springs in... Continue reading
This blog has lain dormant for the past few years, since I had a new blog on my old website. I will be reviving this blog as I now have a new website once again. You can subscribe to get... Continue reading
In a world where our reach is global, how can we each own up more responsibly to our part in others' disenfranchisement? Read more on Dance for Connection's new blog site here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Musings of a Dance/Movement Therapist
If you happened to be watching the season finale of Blunt Talk on StarZ on October 24 and wondered what that colorful stretchy dance prop with arms was that the nurses were using with the patients in a seated “dance... Continue reading
Dance for Connection is my new website which went live earlier this summer. As with all things technical, I am experiencing a steep learning curve as far as how to post new blog articles, but from now on that is... Continue reading
Friday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact Beth Soltzberg at or 781-693-5628. 1430 Main St., Waltham, MA I'm looking forward to leading this uplifting group tomorrow. Continue reading
The New Mexican mountains are vast and beautiful, far beyond my capacity to capture adequately with my iPhone camera. Traveling in the Southwest desert reminds me of a summer many years ago when I was studying Creative Dance with Barbara... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Musings of a Dance/Movement Therapist
I've heard it said that the devil is in the detail and also God is in the detail. Thus it behooves us to make our choices wisely. Dance is a moment by moment choice in details brought from the choreographer's... Continue reading
I particularly enjoyed this issue of Goddard House February Newsletter. Here's the cover article. Goddard House offers terrific programming for the reesidents and for members of the community. That Certain Something By Ginny Mazur and Lance Chapman with Cindy Allard... Continue reading
I was inspired to write this poem as I prepared to present with Dr. Richard Coaten in London this past Monday. To Dance in an Imaginal World: An Ode to Containment I see you, imaginary person with dementia I can... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Musings of a Dance/Movement Therapist
John Zeisel interviewed me for his show on Hopeful Aging for Bedford TV. The video is posted to youtube. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Musings of a Dance/Movement Therapist
I heard from Magdalena Schamberger, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of Hearts & Minds of the new documentary style film called Hearts & Minds : Behind the Nose. You can see the film here. The film offers insight into the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Musings of a Dance/Movement Therapist
Embodied persons: drawing on wholeness and creativity in professional practice An ARTISTIC and HOLISTIC CO-­‐OPERATIVE INQUIRY Saturday 24th January 2015 Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in collaboration with Moving Forth SCIO “We may be in a period of exploring the ways... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Musings of a Dance/Movement Therapist
I will be leading 4 workshops in January in the UK: January 12, London; January 19, Leeds; January 21, Salford; and January 24, Edinburgh. If you're in the UK and you dance or work with people with dementia, please join... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Musings of a Dance/Movement Therapist
“[P]lay could be the key to discovering the giftedness that is in everyone.” - Stuart Brown Stuart Brown is one brilliant man. Psychiatrist and founder of The National Institute for Play, his Ted Talk, Play is more than just fun;... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Musings of a Dance/Movement Therapist
Sharon Chaiklin, in an obituary for dance/movement therapist Arlynne Stark, co-founder of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA), describes the work they did, "Our work covered the spectrum of all human needs because we live in our bodies. . .... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Musings of a Dance/Movement Therapist
It will be fitting for me to offer this workshop in Tokyo this coming Valentine's Day, 2015. I am posting the flyer in Japanese. I hope to offer one translated into the English at some point soon as well. Download... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Musings of a Dance/Movement Therapist
Thanks to Sue Lembeck-Edens, Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Licensed Massage Therapist for sending me this essay by Yu-Rong Gao, PhD grad student in neuroscience. Yu-Rong participated in some of Sue's DMT groups and initiated a group for the nursing home... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Musings of a Dance/Movement Therapist
In my search for information about retrogenesis, I just happened upon this blog post, Revisiting the Theory of Retrogenesis about attempting to shower a person with a significant dementia that makes so much sense. Retrogenesis is the concept that in... Continue reading
Ginny Mazur, Community Partnership Director at Goddard House shared great wisdom about what she sees as the basis for hopeful in aging in this interview with Dr. John Zeisel. "There were many highlights in what she had to say, in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Musings of a Dance/Movement Therapist
Mind, Heart, and Movement An Evening of Creative Arts & Health Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 7pm The NYC Regional Arts in Healthcare Group brings together a broad spectrum of professionals and students in art, music, drama, dance, writing, the creative... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Musings of a Dance/Movement Therapist
Iris Bräuninger's article, 'Dance movement therapy with the elderly: An international internet-based survey under taken with practitioners' is being published in Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy (2014). Routledge / Taylor & Francis has included the article in an online... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Musings of a Dance/Movement Therapist