Shame And Sexuality

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"Shame and Sexuality: The Fear of Being an Other"

Although time has brought many positive changes to the LGBTQ community, it is still a reality that to be a sexual “other” is met with hostility in much of the world. Continual hostility directed toward the very nature of ones’ being could often lead to internalized shame and moving through the world in fear of retaliation. How are we, as dance/movement therapists, working in awareness of sexual shame? Is dance/movement therapy a gay-affirming psychotherapy? Are we attuned to the nuances of a shadowed community and the finely tuned movement behaviors that keep its members safe from being discovered? Let us explore sexual identification and the intimacy of gender conversation.

KRIS E. LARSEN, part-time faculty at Columbia College Chicago, dance therapist and performer. Kris is interested in the bridge between creativity and identity, creativity and mental health, creativity and neurobiology. As a dance therapist, he has explored the role of shame in the addictive cycle as well as how dance therapy can be a paradigm for a healthy “coming out” process. Further education into Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and neurobiology has illuminated the necessity for creating movement interventions that assist in modulating arousal states and promoting mindful somatic awareness. His latest dance works have been focused upon identity and the search for meaning while confronting stereotypes and societal marginalization of culture.

ROSEY PULOKA is a second-year dance/movement therapy graduate student at Columbia College Chicago. She received her BA with a distinction in dance from Colorado College. She has since traveled to the Kingdom of Tonga, Taiwan, and Scotland to pursue both artistic endeavors and therapeutic movement practices as a venture grant recipient and artist-in-residence. Her work includes ABA therapy with youth with Autism and residential rehabilitation for adolescent girls. Currently in Chicago, Rosey provides movement groups for women inside Cook County Jail while also interning at Heartland Alliance’s International Family and Child Enhancement Services (IFACES). IFACES serves refugee, asylee, and asylum-seeking persons.
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By: American Dance Therapy Association

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