Andrea de Almeida, a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT), holds an M.A. in Physical Education and Recreation (Specialization in Dance Education) from the University of Alberta and New York University.
Since 2015, she has been working with several populations including adolescents with eating disorders (CHU Sainte-Justine), children on the autism spectrum (Giant Steps School and Les Grands Ballets summer camps) and seniors (IUGM, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Les Grands Ballets), in several clinical and academic settings in Montreal. She has also collaborated as a dance therapist with various local universities to look at the benefits of dance therapy on these clienteles.
Since 2015, she has offered the class Dance Therapy – 50 Years +, open to the public, at Les Grands Ballets’ STUDIOS. As a result of the pandemic and the closing of Les STUDIOS in March 2020, Andrea has had to adapt her work and the structure of this class for an online format, as the class now takes place virtually or Zoom .
Today, she shares with us her experience and the lessons she has learned from teaching in an online environment.