Mission and vision

The International Association of Creative Arts Somatic Education (IACASE) is a professional association with international orientation and scope. IACASE promotes and supports the global development of creative arts-based somatic education in both developed and developing countries and regions, creates and safeguards the standards for the field by ensuring the quality of the professional training and practice of the educators and practitioners. IACASE believes the aesthetic and creative use of the arts, together with body-mind integration in a holistic and humanistic approach is essential to support the personal growth and well-being of individuals. IACASE encourages equality and humanity in the dialogues and exchanges across cultures worldwide.

What we do

Officially registered in Delft, Netherlands, IACASE is the authority in the creative arts somatic education field and creates professional standards and guidelines. IACASE has executive board and several committees to manage and plan its activities. IACASE evaluates and approves the training programs worldwide to ensure they meet the standards of IACASE. IACASE grants different levels of credentials in the name of Certified or Registered Creative Arts Somatic Educator, and keeps records of the registrations.

IACASE encourages both arts-based and evidence-based research for the advancement of our field. IACASE publishes its own international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal (English) Creative Arts in Education and Therapy – Eastern and Western Perspectives (CAET), the premier resource for research and studies in this field. The journal is indexed and collected by major research databases, public libraries, and universities in the world. There are over 50 leading experts on the editorial board of CAET.

Executive Committee

NAME:

Helen Payne, PhD, R-ADMP, C-CASE

POSITION:

President

COUNTRY:

UK

Helen Payne

Professor Helen Payne, PhD; UKCP; Fellow ADMP Reg. dance movement psychotherapist pioneered DMP in the UK leading the professional association, first post graduate accredited training, research and publications. ‘Chair in Psychotherapy’ at the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education, conferred as ‘Professor of Psychotherapy’ in 2007.

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She is trained in Laban Movement Analysis, Person-Centered Counselling, Group Analysis and Authentic Movement, works with children, adolescents and adults, conducts research, supervises PhDs, teaches and examines at doctorate level nationally/internationally. She is the founding editor-in-chief for the international peer reviewed journal ‘Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy’ published by Taylor and Francis. Trained in the discipline of authentic movement since 1994 she has been facilitating circles as a form of group psychotherapy ever since. She is clinical manager for the University of Hertfordshire’s service which supports people with persistent bodily symptoms for which tests and scans come back negative. She has recently been honoured to have been invited to join the Therapies Task Force for Medically Unexplained Symptoms. Her current publication is entitled ‘Essentials in dance movement psychotherapy: International perspectives on theory, research and practice’ published by Routledge.

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NAME:

Joan Wittig, BC-DMT, MSc, LCAT, C-CASE

POSITION:

Vice President

COUNTRY:

US

Joan Wittig

Joan Wittig is Director of the Graduate Dance/Movement Therapy Program at Pratt Institute. Wittig worked for New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation for 16 years, including 7 years as Director of the Creative Arts Therapy Department at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center.

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She teaches and presents widely, both nationally and internationally. Wittig serves on the Approval Committee for the American Dance Therapy Association, and is a member of the New York State Board for Mental Health Professionals. Wittig has a private practice in Manhattan. Joan Wittig, MS, ADTR, LCAT is the Director of the Graduate Dance/Movement Therapy Program at Pratt Institute. Formerly the Director of the Family Health and Support Center, Wittig worked for New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation for 16 years, including 7 years as Director of the Creative Arts Therapy Department at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center. Wittig presents and teaches widely, both nationally and internationally. Most recently she has been presenting and teaching in Japan and South Korea, where she has been teaching Authentic Movement, Improvisation, Dance Therapy as In-Depth Psychotherapy, Movement as a Means to Awareness and Change; and other dance/movement therapy related material. She recently published a chapter in the first book on Creative Arts Therapy in Japanese. She regularly guest teaches at the Gallatin Division of New York University. Wittig serves on the Approval Committee for the American Dance Therapy Association, and is also the Chair of the Sub-committee on Alternate Route Course Approval. She is Co-chair of the Membership Committee for the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, and serves on the Planning Committee for the EGPS Professional Discussion Group. Wittig was instrumental in the passage of legislation that licenses Creative Arts Therapy in New York State, and served for 10 years as the liaison from the New York Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies to the Joint Council for Mental Health Services Legislative Coalition. Currently she serves on the New York State Board for Mental Health Professionals. Wittig completed 2 years of training in Advanced Group Process at the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, and is currently studying at the Center for Group Studies in Manhattan. She has been a member of the Academy of Dance Therapists, Registered since 1990. Wittig received an Outstanding Service Award from the American Dance Therapy Association in 2002, A Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Art Therapy Association in 2003, and an Exceptional Service Award from the American Dance Therapy Association in 2006. She is the subject of a new film on Dance/Movement Therapy, Moving Stories: Portraits of Dance/Movement Therapy. Wittig has a private practice in Manhattan.

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NAME:

Tony Yu Zhou, PhD, CMA, R-CASE

POSITION:

CEO

COUNTRY:

China/Netherland

Tony Yu Zhou

Dr. Zhou holds a doctoral degree in biomedicine and has been working and living in China and Europe for many years.  Though trained as a scientist, he has been greatly intrigued by modern dance and dance therapy since 2002 and has played an important role in driving the development of creative arts therapy and somatic education in China.

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Dr. Zhou serves on an international advisory board for the journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. He founded Inspirees Institute and Creative Arts Education and Therapy (CAET) – Eastern and Western Perspectives, the international open access journal. He is also a certified movement analyst (CMA) trained by LIMS in New York. Dr. Zhou is the team leader for the Chinese Group of Arts Therapy, Chinese Psychological Society, Guest Professor of Beijing Normal University, Co-founder and core member of World Alliance of Dance Movement Therapy. He also serves as the general secretory of International Association of Creative Arts Somatic Education (IACASE).

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NAME:

Vivien Marcow Speiser, PhD, BC-DMT, REAT, NCC, C-CASE

POSITION:

Chair, International Cooperation Committee

COUNTRY:

US

Vivien Marcow Speiser

Vivien Marcow Speiser is the Director and Professor of the Institute for Arts and Health in The Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lesley University. She is a licensed mental health counselor, a dance therapist and an expressive arts therapist and educator. Her work has allowed her unparalleled access to working with groups across the United States, Israel and internationally.

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She has used the arts as a way of communicating across borders and across cultures and believes in the power of the arts to create the conditions for personal and social change and transformation. As former founder and director of the Arts Institute Project in Israel, she has been influential in the development of Expressive Arts Therapy in that country. Her current interests are in working with communities under duress,  trauma through the arts,  and cross-cultural conflict transformation. She is a co-editor of The Arts, Education and Social Change: Little Signs of Hope, published by Peter Lang.

Dr Speiser has taught throughout the world and believes in the use of the arts as a way of communicating across borders and across cultures. She believes in the power of the arts to create the conditions for personal and social change and transformation. Her interests and expertise lie in the areas of working with communities under duress through an integrated arts approach. Many of her publications are grounded in her work with trauma and cross-cultural conflict resolution through the arts. In addition, she is an expert in the creation and performance of ‘rites of passage rituals’ and in the use of performance in expressive therapy practice.

Her contributions to the field have made her an international leader in dance and expressive therapy, and most recently earned her a Fulbright Scholar Award as well as a lifetime achievement award from the Journal of Applied Arts and Health in 2019.Other awards include the 2014 Distinguished Fellows Award from the Global Alliance for Arts and Health and a 2015 Honorary Fellow Lifetime Achievement award from the Israeli Expressive and Creative Arts Therapy Association (ICET)

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NAME:

Alexandra Baybutt, PhD, CMA, C-CASE

POSITION:

Chair, Membership Committee

COUNTRY:

UK

Alexandra Baybutt

Middlesex University, Faculty of Arts and Cultural Industries

Alexandra works in movement education, performing arts and research. She has worked extensively in performing arts as movement coach/director, as well as an artist.

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Alexandra has worked with actors, dance artists and musicians individually and during production/rehearsal with London-based theatre companies Sharklegs, Barefoot Opera, UNTitled Productions, MolinoGroup, Hobo Theatre, Theatre Delicatessen, Bread and Goose, and Lab Collective. Her experiences in education include teaching and assessing adult learners on LIMS programmes in Scotland and Belgium. She has been facilitating LBMS re-patterning and performance consulting in private practice one-to-one, and in group workshops and public classes since 2011. She has taught for Shapes in Motion Movement Academy, Parkour Generations, and for the Laban Guild, and for professional contemporary dance communities at Independent Dance, and TripSpace, London (UK), and for the MichaelDouglasKollectiv (Germany). She has led introduction courses in LBMS in the UK, Slovenia and Serbia, and taught movement, dance, devising and physical theatre in Universities in the UK. In 2017, she co-mentored four young choreographers as part of the FIND Festival residency, Italy.

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NAME:

Hilda Wengrower, PhD, C-CASE

POSITION:

Chair, Research Committee

COUNTRY:

Israel

Hilda Wengrower

Wengrower teaches and lectures in Israel and internationally. Former academic director of the DMT master’s program at IL3-University of Barcelona, she maintains a private practice which includes supervision. Hilda has published papers and chapters on subjects related to arts therapies in educational settings, DMT with children with behavioral disorders, migration, qualitative research, arts based research and DMT.

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Was guest editor to the journal Babel (Faculty of Psychology, Univ. Bolivariana de Chile) and coedited several books, between them The Art and Science of Dance Movement Therapy (published in six languages and coedited with Sharon Chaiklin). Their new book Dance and Creativity within Dance Movement Therapy (Routledge) is in press.

She is an active member of the Association of Creative Arts Therapies in Israel promoting and organizing conferences and activities. She is book reviews editor of the International Journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy and reviewer for academic journals and publishing companies.

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NAME:

Susan Scarth, RSMT/E, UKCP/RDMP, CMA, C-CASE

POSITION:

Regional Director, West Europe

COUNTRY:

UK

Susan Scarth

Susan’s psychotherapy practice integrates humanistic and psychodynamic approaches with body work, movement analysis and creative activity. Susan devises and teaches the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) and Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) in European programmes in Croatia, Estonia, Ukraine, Poland and Portugal.

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Her private practice in Edinburgh, Scotland offers individual therapeutic work to adults who present with PTSD symptoms and suicidal ideation. This work includes addressing attachment and anxiety disorders, severe psycho-somatic conditions and chronic psycho-physical disturbances. She provides clinical supervision to arts therapists and NHS health practitioners. Susan was engaged as the Interpersonal Learning Group facilitator on the MSc Music Therapy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh – 2015-20. In 2016 Susan completed a 6-year term as President of the European Association Dance Movement Therapy (EADMT), since then retaining the role of Coordinator of EADMT Education and Training Standards working group. Her continuing engagement in the management and development of the DMT profession follows several years on the UK professional Association (ADMP UK) Council, including as quarterly editor, council member and 3-years as Chairperson.

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NAME:

Diana Fischman, PhD, BC-DMT, C-CASE

POSITION:

Regional Director, Latin America

COUNTRY:

Argentina

Diana Fischman

Diana Fischman is director of Brecha – Buenos Aires Dance Movement Therapy Institute, and is an academic advisor and professor at DMT Master at Universidad Nacional del Arte, UNA – Universidad de Buenos Aires. She also teaches at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona DMT Master  Program.

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Diana was trained in bioenergetic training with Dr. Alexander Lowen and Dr. Leonard Hochman in New York. She mentored and teaches in different DMT programs in Latin American countries: Colombia, Chile, México and Brazil. Dr. Fischman is the founder president of the Argentina Association of Dance Therapy. She has published articles in journals and contributed with chapters in books. She published EmpatíaEncarnada, in Editorial Académica Española

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NAME:

Devika Mehta, UK/RDMP, C-CASE

POSITION:

Regional Director, South Asia

COUNTRY:

India

Devika Mehta

Devika Mehta is a practicing Dance Movement Psychotherapist (R-DMP) registered with Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy, UK (ADMP(UK)) and Indian Association of Dance Movement Therapy (IADMT). She is the Course Director for the Post Graduate Diploma Program in Expressive Arts Therapy at St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai  and faculty for Diploma courses in Dance Movement Therapy.

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She is the Co-Founder of ‘Synchrony’, an organisation that provides mental health services and trainings through creative arts with various populations. Ms. Mehta is the elected Treasurer and the Founding board member of IADMT. She is an Advisory  Board  Member of Creative Movement Therapy Association, India.  She has represented her work in India on multiple International Conferences and contributed to article on development of DMT in Asia. Her areas of interest are in that of neuro-rehabilitation, cultural consciousness in the body and working with adolescents.

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NAME:

Warren Nebe, MA, RDT, C-CASE

POSITION:

Regional Director, Africa

COUNTRY:

South Africa

Warren Nebe

Warren Nebe is an academic, theatre director, arts therapist and activist in the fields of applied arts, arts therapies and arts research. He is the founding Head and Director of  Drama for Life, University of the Witwatersrand and is a Senior Lecturer. He is a registered member of International Association of Group Psychotherapy (IAGP), American Association of Psychodrama and Group Psychotherapy (ASGPP), North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA), Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

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Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySA), and South African National Arts Therapy Associations (SANATA). He an accredited guide of the Listening Hour and a Playback Theatre practitioner. Warren is a Salzburg Global Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow and the recipient of several awards, including the Vice-Chancellor’s Transformation Award and the Adelaide Tambo Human Rights Award.

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NAME:

Julia Morozova, RADMT, R-CASE

POSITION:

Regional Director, East Europe

COUNTRY:

Russia/Netherlands

Julia Morozova

Dance Movement Therapist registered in Russia and The Netherlands, Registered trainer/educator and supervisor with RADMT

Originally trained as a medical doctor, Julia has worked for several years in obstetrics, and at the same time she became interested in psychology and psychotherapy.

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Julia has got her training as Dance Movement Therapist in Moscow in 2002. Soon afterwards, she moved to the Netherlands and worked as a dance therapist in clinical settings as well as in private practice.

Her interest in the transcutural aspects of psychotherapy,  her medical, psychological and anthropological expertise has resulted  in  several  DMT projects with refuges and voluntary immigrants in the Netherlands and Germany.

Julia is currently working in private practice, with both individuals and groups, and teaching on DMT programmes in Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania and other countries.  Since 2017  she is a tutor and educational director in professional DMT training programme in Ukraine, run by Biosoft Institute.

 

From 2012 until 2018 Julia has held the position of Communications and PR on the Board of the European Association Dance Movement Therapy Currently she is a Board Member of Dutch DMT Association.

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NAME:

Steve Harvey, PhD, BC-DMT, R-DT, C-CASE

POSITION:

Regional director, AUS/NZ

COUNTRY:

New Zealand

Steve Harvey

Dr. Steve Harvey is a psychologist and registered as both a dance/movement, drama and play therapist. He has worked with children and families in the USA, and New Zealand and consulted for many years internationally on the integrative use of the creative arts therapies.

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In addition to mental health work, Steve is active in improvisational dramatic/dance performance. He and his wife Connor have developed and continue to practice Physical Storytelling in several countries. He is currently presenting and publishing arts based research using Physical Storytelling in cross cultural contexts.

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NAME:

Lama Majaj, MA, AThR, R-CASE

POSITION:

Regional director, Middle East

COUNTRY:

Jordan

Lama Majaj

Lama Majaj is an Art Psychotherapist, a visual artist and an educator with seventeen years of program development and strategic planning experiences in arts education, healthcare, and humanitarian settings. Recognized for demonstrating a natural aptitude for program optimization, project management research and development.

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Lama has held positions internationally in the Middle East, Asia and Australia where she founded the Arts in Healthcare program at The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (ONJCWRC). She was invited as a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) consultant with global humanitarian organizations to implement trauma-informed care and build capacity for resilience in Kurdish-Iraq, Cambodia and Dominica.

Lama’s art therapy practice integrates humanistic psychotherapy with body work, movement, and the expressive arts to support individuals on the Autism Spectrum. She is a registered member of the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA). She provides supervision for arts therapists and is a part-time lecturer at the MA Art Therapy Program at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

Currently, Lama is a Dynamic Embodiment™️ and BodyMind Dancing™️ candidate focused on integrating skilled touch, movement, & compassionate dialogue to help individuals relieve stress, find enhanced expressiveness, and balance all aspects of the body and psyche. In her free time, she enjoys biking along the coastline and spontaneous dips in the ocean.

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NAME:

Sharon Vaisvaser, PhD, C-CASE

POSITION:

Regional director, Middle East

COUNTRY:

Israel

Sharon Vaisvaser

Dr. Vaisvaser is a Dance/Movement Therapist; she maintains a private clinic and serves as the clinical manager of an ASD kindergarten (Autism Research and Treatment Center). Sharon is a Senior Lecturerat in the School of Society and the Arts (Ono Academic College) in Israel. She completed her PhD in neuroscience at Tel Aviv University;

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her area of expertise includes a focus on stress, trauma and emotional memory. She conducted her studies at Sagol Brain Institute, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. Currently, in the processes of teaching and training DMT and other Creative Arts Therapies students, Sharon integrates brain-body-mind psychotherapeutic connections, experiences and ideas.

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NAME:

Elikem Alfred Kunutsor, MA, R-CASE

POSITION:

Regional Director, Africa

COUNTRY:

Ghana

Elikem Alfred Kunutsor

Elikem Alfred Kunutsor is a Ghanaian, who holds an MA and BA Honours in Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa. Elikem majored in Physical Theatre and Design. His approach to the performing arts is rooted in embodied, physical presence rather than genre classifications. He is currently a PhD candidate with the University of Cape Town (UCT).

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His research focusses on creating a regenerative African performance making practice based on ancient, indigenous mind-body forms from Ghana, West Africa. He is an arts educator, performer, performance maker, and project leader. He guest teaches and examines for Drama for Life, University of the Witwatersrand. He has lectured Movement Studies for Wits School of Arts, taught Performance Studies and Design in the Theatre Arts Department, University of Ghana, and was Head of the Creative Arts Department, Tema International School. His creative arts somatic education work is found in Ghana, South Africa and Germany.

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NAME:

Karen Studd, CMA, C-CASE

POSITION:

Chair, Education Committee.

COUNTRY:

US

Karen Studd, CMA

Karen has a Master’s degree from University of Oregon and certification in movement analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. Studd serves on the education committee of IACASE (International Association of Creative Arts Somatic Education) and is also a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator through ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association).

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Studd is a LIMS Program Coordinator and has taught in movement analysis training programs in the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Israel and in China. Karen has taught for the Dance Departments of the University of Oregon, the University of Wisconsin, George Washington University and George Mason, where she was a tenured faculty. As a teacher of Movement Analysis, she is focused on personal and professional development through awareness of movement.Her interest is in the understanding of the importance of human movement across all disciplines. Studd is a co-author of EveryBody is a Body, a text on the phenomenon of human movement.

Karen A. STUDD 教授(美国):纽约拉班巴特尼芙动作研究院(LIMS)金牌讲师。世界拉班动作分析权威之一。国际创艺身心教育协会(IACASE)教育培训委员会委员。

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Advisory Board

  • Karen Bradley (US), President, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies (LIMS), New York
  • Maria Elena Garcia (Argentina/Spain), University of Barcelona
  • Ulrich Sollmann (Germany), Past President of the German Association of Bioenergetic Analysis, Guest Professor, Shanghai University of Political Science and Law
  • Elissa White (US), BC-DMT, Creative Arts Therapies, Pratt Institute
  • Marcia Plevin (Italy/US), BC-DMT, Founder and Vice President, The Association of Creative Movement
  • Daria Halprin (US), Director, Tamalpa Institute
  • Irina Biryukova (Russia), BC-DMT, Director, DMP post-graduate diploma training, Institute of Practical Psychology and Psychoanalysis (Moscow)
  • Nayung Kim (South Korea), PhD., BC-DMT, CMA, Associate Professor, Seoul Women’s University, Graduation School of Professional Therapeutic Technology
  • Ilene Serlin (US), PhD of psychology, BC-DMT, Union Street Health Associates
  • Dick Swaab (Netherlands), PhD, Professor of Neurobiology, University of Amsterdam, Former Director of Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Lee Tsungchin (Taiwan), PhD, Professor of psychology, National Chengchi University; founder and honorary chairman, Taiwan Dance Therapy Association
  • Zvika Frank (Netherlands), BC-DMT, Codart/Rotterdam Dance Academy
  • Zhao Xu-dong (China), Doctor of Medicine, Tongji University
  • Rainbow T.H. Ho (Hong Kong), PhD, BC-DMT, CMA, Professor, University of Hong Kong
  • Tina Chen (Hong Kong/UK), Professor, Tongji University, China; Chief representative, Royal Ballet School (UK) in China
  • Chen Xi-jing (China), PhD in music therapy, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Country contacts

  • Australia: Xu Xian
  • Canada: Chen Yan
  • China: Chen Yang
  • Costa Rica: Sylvia Ketelhohn Gron
  • Germany: Ulrich Sollmann, Yuko Miyata
  • Ghana: Elikem Alfred Kunutsor
  • Hong Kong: Michelle Wan Lok Chan
  • India: Devika Mehta, Oihika Chakrabarti
  • Israel: Hilda Wengrower
  • Italy: Rosa Maria Govoni
  • Japan: Yukari Sakiyama
  • Jordan: Lama Majaj
  • Latin America: Maria Elena Garcia
  • Namibia: Esmerelda Cloete
  • Netherlands: Simone Kleinlooh
  • New Zealand: Connor Kelly
  • North West Africa: Elikem Alfred Kunutsor
  • Russia: Irina Biryukova
  • Singapore: Vincent Yong
  • Spain: Maria Elena Garcia, Carmen Velez
  • South Africa: Warren Nebe
  • South Korea: Nayung Kim
  • Switzerland: Brigitte Züger
  • Thailand: Warin Tepayayone
  • Taiwan: YuChi Lin
  • UK: Alexandra Baybutt
  • US: Cara Gallo
  • Vietnam: Buituyet Minh
  • Zambia: Nsamu Moonga

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