By giving participants the opportunity to tell their story, listen with care, dance their life experience, and mobilize their spirit to deal with pain and loss, the class profoundly transforms an individual's course with illness.
It is not necessary to have a dance or movement background. Instead, people are encouraged to engage wholly – with body, mind and spirit – in their healing process. Participants bring their unique journey with illness and treatment to the class, sharing their struggle and profound changes in physicality, lifestyle and life view brought about by cancer.
Goals within a class session might include:
- Freeing up feeling in the body
- Expressing survival, the will to live or blocks to the life force
- Resolving emotional and life issues
- Working creatively on ways of doing things that make life meaningful
- Increasing movement range, strength and resilience
Additionally, participants work on managing stress by learning techniques to deal with tension, enhance relaxation and cope with medical procedures and physical limitations.
Finally, the class works on incorporating healthy lifestyle changes. Finding how the body can be an ally in dealing with the physical, emotional and spiritual changes of cancer gives participants new lifestyle tools.
This class is sponsored by the UCSF Ida and Joseph Friend Patient and Family Cancer Support Center. It is open to cancer patients and their caregivers. You do not need to be a patient of UCSF.
Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
1545 Divisadero St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-7720
Fax: (415) 353-7358
Anne Krantz, PhD, ADTR
Anne Krantz is a dance therapist and clinical psychologist who works with adults and children in private practice in San Francisco. She trained under Blanche Evan as a dance therapist and has practiced and taught her methods since 1975. She has led dance therapy groups for cancer patients at the Patient and Family Cancer Support Center since 1996.
Registration is required for this class. To register, call instructor Anne Krantz at (415) 771-1430. A completed health history and signed physician's consent form is required before participating.