Judy Gantz, MA, CMA, is the Director and Founder of the Center for Movement Education and Research (CMER), a 501c 3 non-profit organization (2003). From 2005-2016 Judy directed the CMER DMT Alternate Route Training program. She is an international movement specialist, dancer, teacher, with over 25 years in academic work. Judy was an Associate Adjunct Professor at UCLA in the department of World Arts & Cultures from 1982-2005. Her academic focus has been in Laban Movement Analysis, dance kinesiology and creative dance/movement education. Judy’s teaching in the United States includes the University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Dominican University, University of Washington, University of Illinois, Sonoma State University, and the University of Western Michigan. Internationally, she has taught Laban Movement Analysis at the University of Limerick, Ireland, Seoul Korea, Moscow Russia, and Embodied Leadership Training for Women in Cologne Germany.

Gantz has a broad perspective of the role of dance/movement in healing and education. Her article in the Somatic Journal, Cultivating Body Knowledge, received a first award placement by the Motus Humanus organization. Her passion for education includes being on the board of directors for Dovetail Learning, a social-emotional learning center impacting schools and communities.

Judy is a dancer who values creativity and expression; and she leads with clarity, empathy and the power to invoke personal exploration in others.

"I am interested in helping others discover the power and meaning that comes from living an embodied life. I firmly believe that conscious embodiment is the balance to 21st technology. Dance is a source for integrating social/cultural awareness and emotional intelligence when guided with somatic awareness. It is vital to our humanity that we connect to the wisdom within our conscious bodies and become literate in the psychophysical aspects of movement"


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