Bachelors of Philosophy, Monteith College, Wayne State University
Masters Social Work, School Social Work, Wayne State University
PhD Adult and Continuing Education, University of Nebraska
More details and some of the back story:
I’ve always had at least two resumes. A 12-page academic vitae describes my education and experience as a teacher, a professor of Social Work, and as a therapist and co-founder/director of a behavioral health care clinic. The field of social work appealed to my interest in serving diverse groups, and provided the opportunity to assist individuals, families, and organizations to tell their stories in transforming ways.
My second resume enumerates my dancing/performing artist-self. Mother’s lifelong unfulfilled wish to take dancing classes resulted in my beginning dance classes at age 3. At ten, my brother’s interest in acting led to my joining him in improvisational acting classes. Eventually I danced in a regional ballet company, summer stock, nightclubs, film, and the road company of a Broadway show.
At some point, through having children, finishing college, and going into social work, I made the decision to just keep dancing. I was a founding member of a modern dance company, Festival Dancers, dancing in synagogues and churches. Throughout the last 20 years, my involvement in InterPlay® has kept me dancing, including becoming part of improvisational community arts performances in California, Seattle, Australia, Texas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
“I’m a dancing social worker,” I started telling people a few years ago, when they asked me, “What do you do?” And now, after 5 years of developing the skills to write creative non-fiction I can say, “I’m a dancing social worker who practices finding the words to write about it all.”
Thank you for visiting my website. I hope you will return often to explore my dance studios.