University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Healing Through Dance

Tuesdays, 11:00-12:30 pm
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
1545 Divisadero St., 5th Floor
Instructor: Anne Krantz, PhD, 415.771.1430
Registration required.

To register, call instructor Anne Krantz at 415.771.1430.
A completed health history and signed waiver form is required prior to participation. Download here.
For more information, call the Cancer Resource Center at 415.885.3693 or send email.
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In this class, participants use movement, expression, imagery, and creativity to facilitate their own healing. Re-awakening the body to action enhances participants' confidence and freedom, while rehabilitative exercise improves function, mobility, and strength. By giving participants the opportunity to tell their story, listen with care, dance their life experience, and mobilize their spirit to deal with pain and loss, the class profoundly transforms an individual's course with illness.

It is not necessary to have a dance or movement background. Instead, people are encouraged to engage wholly (body, mind, and spirit) in their healing process. Participants bring their unique journey with illness and treatment to the class, sharing their struggle and profound changes in physicality, lifestyle, and life view brought about by cancer. Goals within a class session might include freeing up feeling in the body; expressing survival, the will to live, or blocks to the life force; resolving emotional and life issues; working creatively on ways of doing things that make life meaningful; and increasing movement range, strength, and resilience. Additionally, participants work on managing stress by learning techniques to deal with tension, enhance relaxation, and cope with medical procedures and physical limitations. Finally, the class works on incorporating healthy lifestyle changes. Finding how the body can be an ally in dealing with the physical, emotional, and spiritual changes of cancer gives participants new lifestyle tools.

Anne Krantz, PhD, ADTR, is a dance therapist and clinical psychologist who works with adults and children in private practice in San Francisco. She was trained by Blanche Evan as a dance therapist and has practiced and taught her methods since 1975. She has led dance therapy groups for cancer patients at the Cancer Resource Center since 1996. This class is sponsored by the Cancer Resource Center.