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About Marie Carstens


All we do has both function and expression; how we do what we do speaks volumes. I think of the body as an expressive, three-dimensional canvas. As we move we paint the space around and between us, molding and carving in relationship with our world, stretching and shrinking the canvas in our comforts and discomforts, sometimes with intense bold color, other times pale pastels or anything in between.  The study of body as well as the practice of movement and dance continue to be my passion therapeutically and artistically;  helping people move with more ease, express themselves more freely, dance life as fully as possible is meaningful beyond words.

I graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a BFA in Dance and received a Master of Science in Dance/Movement Therapy from Hunter College.  I continue to pursue my passion for expressive movement and its transformative power through the body, movement, and dance.  As a dancer/ choreographer and therapist my philosophy is that dance is a celebration of life.  Dance allows us to move the embodied expression of all we experience onto the stage or to emerge in the therapeutic space.  We move through and are moved by the vast array of feelings we experience and all of our attachments and associations to those feelings. 

Throughout my career I continue to learn, first steeping myself in early modern dance technique (Isadora Duncan), then become a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapists, attaining a certificate in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis and Somatic Studies (LSSI/LBIMS), becoming a licensed massage therapist (NY), and I continue to learn and study a variety of  trauma-informed practices.  For more about my current practices please see the additional pages.

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