C.M.E.R. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jana Taylor Eshaghian


Jana Taylor Eshaghian holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing from the University of North Carolina - Asheville, a second degree and Teaching Credential in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina - Charlotte, and a Masters-equivalent Certification in Laban Movement Analysis from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies, New York.


She has worked as a Creative Movement Educator in North Carolina public schools and California private schools, grades preK-12. Her research has included completing a thesis based on the developmental movement patterns of two sixth grade boys. The paper studied how a change in the children’s movement patterns impacted a positive influence in their classroom behavior. In 1989 Jana received a grant from the University of North Carolina - Charlotte to choreograph a work which studied the effects of unconscious movements in everyday life. On this project, Jana worked with the noted American Dance Historian and member of the UNC-C Dance faculty, Karen Hubbard, MFA. The piece was set on undergraduate students and received critical acclaim.


In 1990, Jana left the field of education to work as a Trial Consultant.
She applied her knowledge of observation and movement patterns to non-verbal communication during Jury Selection, Witness Preparation, Lawyer Preparation, Shadow Juries and Mock Trials. Jana worked across the country for the top ten percent of the Fortune 500 Companies.


With the birth of their first daughter in 1994, Jana began studying and working on the developmental movement patterns of children six weeks old to seven years old. She structured seven basic exercises, that can be done with any age, which help to create neural pathways in the brain. The idea behind the developmental movement pattern exercises is to be able to access various areas of the brain through particular movements of the body.


Jana's interest in movement and business is broad, yet she has found her work with children to be the most rewarding experience. As an advocate for children and education she firmly believes that, "The future of our world depends upon the types of connections that we make with our children. By creating additional neural pathways in the brain through creative movement, we open additional opportunities for deeper learning experiences throughout life. Creative movement can also foster communication and critical thinking skills while engaging in fun and interesting activities".