Dr. Bonnie Meekums, United Kingdom.
Academic Mentor of Movement Psychotherapy.
Dance Movement Psychotherapist, (Fellow of ADMP, private practice and supervision registers, UKCP registered); Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist (UKCP registered).
A pioneer of Dance Movement Psychotherapy ( also known as Dance Movement Therapy, DMT) in the UK, Dr. Meekums was formerly a lecturer at the University of Leeds ( 2002-2015), having worked for 12 years in the NHS (adult mental health) , before moving to an academic position. Her whole approach to Dance movement therapy, which she articulates in her 2002 book Dance Movement Therapy: A creative Psychotherapeutic Approach (London: Sage) , is centered on the importance of movement metaphor within a creative therapeutic process.
She has researched DMT for several client groups. Her PhD investigated recovery from child sexual abuse trauma, while earlier research included DMT for women with eating disorders, and for families struggling with attachment issues. More recently she has turned her attention to developing the evidence base for DMT, having completed two Cochrane Systematic Reviews (depression and dementia), and several other systematic reviews relating to older people, and people living with depression. Her book on DMT is on many training course reading lists worldwide.
Dr. Meekums has been invited to teach or give key note conference speeches both in UK and across the world, including Croatia, Poland, Latvia, USA, China and India, and in 2020 she will also teach in New Zealand. She has been sought after as an external examiner at both masters and PhD level, having also successfully supervised several students to completion of both these degrees. She maintains a small private practice in the North-West of England.
Ronnie Shambik Ghose, India, UK
Academic Director and Facilitator
Research Interest - How 'Knowing' is articulated through the practice of contemporary movement aesthetics engaging inter-cultural perspectives , which proposes kinesthesia between performer and the audience.
A Pioneer in the field of Movement Art, a scholar, choreographer, mentor and movement analyst. Shambik, is a Dean's Scholar from Leeds Beckett University, MA in Choreography, scholar from The Hong Kong Academy For Performing Arts and Offjazz Dance Academy France. He is a pioneer of Matt Mattox technique of jazz dance in India and have undergone intensive training in Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Principles, Leigh Warren Method, for practice in movement art and body awareness.
Shambik is engaged in a research on a project entitled 'Çursive Body'; the project articulates and at the same time transcends the boundaries of structure and technique to realize the ÁRTISTIC SELF' of an original kinesthetic experience, informing fresh strategies for negotiating different cultural movement styles into artistic practice. The politics of using an informed cultural lineage or a style and what are the concerns needed to be addressed to embody a choreographic or a movement practice to a self realized research and an artistic immersion is their quest and practice.
Dr. Amrita Panda, India
Program Director, Pradip Centre For Autism
Designation :Rehabilitation Psychologist, Music Therapist.
Qualifications :MSc, PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology from the Department of Psychology, University of Calcutta.
She has been associated with the Department of Psychology, University of Calcutta for more than 8 years. She is working in the field of Disability Research with a handful of national and international publications as well as holding conference presentations across the continents.
Prasanna Saikia, India
Associate Director, Rhythmosaic, Movement Facilitator and Scholar
Associate Director Rhythmosaic, had undergone training in Classical Jazz Dance, Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Kathak and Tap Dance from Rhythmosaic School & Dance Institute since past 10 years under the guidance of Ronnie Shambik Ghose and Dr. Mitul Sengupta.
He is an artist per excellence and has received Scholarsip from France, Offjazz Dance Academy, Nice France to study and perform as a part of repertory of Offjazz Dance Company under the guidance of Mr Gianin Loringett and Ms. Martine Kaisserlian. He has undergone training in Classical Jazz with Mr. Mohamed Drissi, Director, 3AMI Hong, Kong.
He has performed in 'BOLLERO' with BEJART BALLET.
He has performed both nationally and Internationally with Rhythmosaic in places like Royal Danish Ballet, Theater, Denmark, Belarus Philharmonic Society, Sweden, Thailand .
He received Parkritti Jury Award in 2015 for his choreography ' DIABOLIQUE' which was also staged in Attakkalari Bienniel 2015, and traveled to places like Spain, Portugal as a part of Dance Dialogue supported by Swiss Prohelveta , Attakalari.
He is presently a teacher and choreographer at Rhythmosaic School & dance Institute.
M.Sc in Psychology (Dept. of Applied Psychology, Completed Foundation in Movement Psychotherapy from Rhythmosaic Dance Therapy .Presently working as a Movement Therapist in Premashree- an institute for visually challenged.
Presently acting as Session Coordinator for conducting sessions of Movement Therapy at Rhythmosaic.
INTERNATIONAL VISITING /GUEST FACULTIES
Ms. Martine Kaisserlian, France
Director, Offjazz Dance Academy France.
Expert in Contemporary Dance & Laban Movement Analysis.
Mr. Michel Casanovas, France
1. Summit and Workshop on Mental Healthcare with focus on Movement Psychotherapy – 8th November 2017 organized by Indian Chamber of Commerce, India
Role: Speaker and Workshop Facilitator on Movement Psychotherapy for Mental Healthcare with focus on Developmental Disability.