Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
MS in Dance/Movement Therapy
Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program
This thesis examines how the addition of dance/movement therapy affected the participants of an afterschool program hosted by The Mary J. Blige Center for Women and Girls in Yonkers, New York. A brief history of the city of Yonkers, focusing on the impact of political changes on the socioeconomic divide, is provided, as is a discussion of Mary J. Blige’s experiences growing up in this urban environment and her decision to open a center for women and children. Through a review of the literature, the effectiveness of afterschool programs in teaching adolescents life skills, building positive and trusting relationships, increasing selfesteem and strengthening impulse control and social skills is examined A case study is presented, describing the author’s experience developing dance/movement therapy groups with adolescent girls attending the center’s after school program.
Zichi, Sarah, "Dance/Movement Therapy at an After School Program for At Risk Adolescent Girls in Yonkers, New York" (2015). Dance/Movement Therapy Theses. 10.