Kristin Pollack, MA '01Dance Movement Therapy
Reaching Out to Others Through Dance
Kristin began dancing at a young agetap, jazz, balletbut perhaps it wasn’t until she joined an improvisational dance company that she began to understand just how profoundly dance and movement had affected her life.
Kristin’s interest in helping others was already evident in her undergraduate coursework in psychology. But I wasn’t sure where it would take me. Then I joined a progressive dance troupe that encouraged me to be a decision maker and choreographer at the same time. It was a very empowering tool for me. Kristin realized she was on to something important. I wanted to share the benefits of movement and dance with others, in helping others to heal.
“I began looking for a master’s program in dance/movement therapy in a strong community setting. I loved the smallness of Antioch University New England’s program and knew the nontraditional mix of generations and perspectives was a good match for my learning style. The faculty also attracted me to Antioch, as well as the emphasis of the Kestenberg Movement Profile.
My program met me in a way that I didn’t expect. It was a very personal program that taught me how to learn in any situation. I learned about myself, I learned about others, and our impact in the larger community and world. I try to replicate the intensity of the compassionate, open community of learners from my program in my work now, and on a daily basis.
Kristin is now a dance/movement therapist, working with children and offering support to those interested in entering the field. I see my clients growing and healing with therapy, and from what I learned at Antioch. I hope to make dance/movement therapy more accessible to the general public as well as other professions.