Hancock Center outreach Programs

Health & Wellness Education


Contemplative approaches provide a new experience of the beauty of Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Classes will be held in the Conservatory, except for the April 16 class which will be in the Commons (due to Conservatory maintenance). The first half of each class will begin in quiet meditation together followed by a lightly facilitated movement warm-up to connect kinesthetically with the wonders around us. During the second half of each class we will disperse throughout the garden.  Each person will seek a special niche for a time of individual contemplation: soaking in the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of the immediate surroundings. We will end the class by gathering to share our individual experiences through movement reflections.  From these we will create a simple dance as a group. This class brings together the healing powers of both dance and nature informed by the fields of dance/movement therapy and eco-psychology. Previous dance experience is not required.
2nd Thursdays, Feb. 19, Mar. 19, Apr. 16 (in the commons), May 21, 2015.
6:30-8 pm, at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

$15 per class, payable to Olbrich (see link in next line, below).
To register: Olbrich Gardens Education Registration- or call Olbrich Gardens (608) 246-4550.

For more information on the class: contact Ann Wingate at (608) 251-0908x12. or email ann@hancockcenter.net
Facilitated by Ann Wingate, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL, a registered and licensed dance therapist. Her graduate degree is from Naropa Institute.

MOVERS & SHAKERS: Movement and Socialization for Adults with Developmental Issues

A therapeutic class filled with movement, music and opportunities for social interaction. This group is a safe place for people to come and engage with others while relating through the language of movement. During our time together, we will explore issues relating to relationships, health and body-image, self-esteem and positive leisure activities. Please join us as we connect through the universal modality of movement with Mariah Meyer LeFeber, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, DTRL.

On-going Mondays, 3:15-4:05 pm -NEW TIME!
Open enrollment
$20/class or $75/5 classes
Call 251-0908 to register or for more information.


This class will explore the body as a resource for deepening our meditation practice on and off "the cushion". Facilitated movement experiences will help to build connection to feelings, thoughts and sensations, expanding the sense of being in the present moment. All levels of meditators and movers welcome! Limit of 8 people. Facilitated by Robyn Lending Halsten, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, DTRL.

Mondays, 6:30-8 pm
At Hancock Center
$120 for 6 weeks
Fall dates:
Sept. 15 - Oct. 20, 2014.


Join us for a Saturday workshop to explore what music and movement make you feel most alive. What voice and movement qualities reveal who you are? What is the music that "sings" to you?  What do you like to do that "moves" you? What kind of everyday sound do you gravitate towards or away from? Do you enjoy walking or dancing or playing some sport? At this workshop we shall explore a few activities and exercises that can further deepen our understanding and appreciation of ourselves. For example: how do simple tones and steps that are light in quality, vs. strong, make us feel? We shall discuss the effect of these and other preferences on various areas of our lives-in our relationships with others, in our work and play.  Finding what is pleasing to our ears, and to our bodies in motion, may open discoveries for the future. Although the facilitators are music and dance therapy professionals, this is not a therapy session. We hope that your awareness of some of these areas will enhance your lives and stimulate you to further explorations. 
Saturday, 9am-4pm (with one hour lunch break) $50
Facilitated by: Music Therapist RoseAnna P. Cyr, MA, MT-BC, LMHC and Dance/Movement Therapist Grace Valentine, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, DTRL.

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We will come together to honor ourselves as mothers and as individuals.  This program will provide a special place and time just for moms. It will include both self-directed and facilitated movement exploration and expressive dance experiences, quiet reflection, and verbal sharing. A Time for Moms  will promote ways to relax, to nurture ourselves, and energize our bodies. It will help strengthen us fo our mothering work, and provide us joy in our own lives. Ann Wingate, the class facilitator, is a certified dance/movement therapist and a mom. Call 251-0908 x12 or e-mail ann@hancockcenter.net for class and workshop dates or to schedule a workshop time for your group.  

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A CIRCLE OF CHILDREN: Creative Dance for Kids Ages 3-6

Dance for Joy! A place for your little one to explore the wonders of moving through space for fun and learning! Our small class size (4-6 students) allows dance therapist Ann Wingate, MA, BC-DMT, DTRL to incorporate the strengths and needs of each participant. Ann brings both a delight in dance and a wide background in dance styles to her role in teaching. Her early training as a dance educator was influenced by the work of Margaret H’doubler and the value of aesthetic experience. In the unique format of Circle of Children Ann guides children in learning basic elements of dance while celebrating each child’s spirit and creative expression to spontaneously create our dances together! Let’s dance! $12/week.

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