Cincinnati Ballet to Present during The Fifth Annual Music & Medicine Conference

September 10, 2016

The Cincinnati Music and Wellness Coalition will hold The Fifth Annual Music & Medicine Conference on October 7, 2016 from 8 am – 3:45 pm. The conference aims to strengthen and support communities through recreational music making. Cincinnati Ballet’s Director of Education and Outreach, Julie Sunderland, will be on hand to present during the Creativity & Wellness through Music Dance & Rhythm portion of the conference.

Julie is excited to be in her eighth season as the Director of Education and Outreach at Cincinnati Ballet. Spending most of her life in Cincinnati, Julie has always had an immense appreciation for the arts, and a heartfelt connection to all types of dance. Julie manages all of Cincinnati Ballet’s outreach efforts including CincyDance!, a fully funded dance program for underserved youth. Since joining the company, Julie has taken the CincyDance! program from a reach of 535 to over 2000 students per year. More importantly, she has found ways to not only reach these students, but to maintain a larger retention rate, from 20% in 2008 to 75% in 2013. Cincinnati Ballet’s education department will reach approximately 13,000 students and families this year with all of its programming. Julie teaches dance to children and adults alike.

Julie has been teaching dance, Pilates, and body awareness classes for over 10 years. She desires to help people make real connections with their body, mind, and spirit. Julie has an enthusiasm for volunteering and has concentrated her efforts on rehabilitation facilities for unserved women and children.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the difference between therapy and the focus of musicians for health.
  • To discuss sustainable, easy and unobtrusive ways to get music and art therapy to patients
    in any situation.
  • To summarize the origins and impact of Cincinnati Ballet’s CincyDance! program, which targets third grade students in Title 1 schools.
  • To explore how Cincinnati Ballet’s Ballet Moves program utilizes dance classes to open new avenues in health, wellness, and creativity for children with specific needs.
  • To Investigate how dance programming for youth can facilitate community building.
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