Cathy Appel

Director, Dance/Movement Therapy Program

BA, Sarah Lawrence College, MFA, Vermont College, MFA, Warren Wilson College, MSW and MS, Hunter College. Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, (BC-DMT), Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, (LCAT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker, (LCSW-R). A former ballet dancer, Cathy trained at the American Ballet Theatre School and then with Leon Fokine as a trainee of the Harkness Ballet Company before performing with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, where she had the opportunity to dance in ballets such as Sleeping Beauty and Symphony in C. She later attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she was introduced to modern dance and formed her own company. Cathy performed original work and in a reconstruction of Doris Humphrey's Day on Earth with Dance Junction and with her own company until the mid 80s. Influenced by work of Meredith Monk ’64 to explore interdisciplinary performance that resonates within the body as it reflects and interacts with the imaginal, external and archetypal world, she went on to study Body-Mind Centering and Authentic Movement. As part of her exploration of verbal and nonverbal expression, and to broaden her creative work, she earned MFAs in Writing from Vermont College and Warren Wilson College, culminating in her thesis, Recognizing the Dance. She has published poems in journals, textbooks and anthologies. As her focus shifted to the relationship between dance and healing, she pursued an MSW and an MS in dance/movement therapy from Hunter College. During her final social work internship year at the International Center for the Disabled (1991-1992), she was asked to start a creative arts psychotherapy program, which she ran as the Creative and Movement Arts Psychotherapy Program in the Behavioral Medicine Department at ICD for 20 years before leaving to return to Sarah Lawrence College in 2012 to start the College’s Dance/Movement Therapy Program.

Cathy was Senior Editor and author of two chapters in the Second Revised Edition (2005) of the dance therapy textbook, Dance Movement Therapy: A Healing Art (F. Levy Ed.). She was a member of the Credentials Committee for the American Dance Therapy Association (2007-2009) and of the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board (2009-2010). She was also co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy (2003-2007), and serves on their Editorial Board (2007-present). SLC, 2009--

Courses taught in Dance/Movement Therapy Program

Courses from previous years

2013-2014
  • Graduate Seminar III: Methods and Theory of Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Graduate Seminar in Methods and Theory of DMT I
  • Graduate Seminar in Methods and Theory of DMT II - Dance
  • Graduate Seminar IV: Methods and Theory of Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Group Work Theory and Practice I - Graduate