Dancers' Emotional Support Group, ODC Healthy Dancers' Clinic

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First Sunday of every month
FREE (Donations Accepted)

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Drop-in slots are not available for these events. Clients must sign-up 24 hours in advance.


The Dancers Virtual Emotional Support Group run through ODC's Healthy Dancers’ Clinic, is a monthly, online support group specifically designed to address the needs of dancers.

This group provides a safe haven for movers to express their feelings within a structure guided by experts within the psychology and movement therapy realms. The focus is on integrating mind, heart and body by utilizing evidence based theory and methods to enhance psychological flexibility and improve individual emotional health,  and to develop a supportive community. Nancy Marks M.D., Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, and Jennifer Bury, Developmental Somatic Psychotherapist™, combine their expertise to guide this group.

The content of the group combines cognitive, behavioral, somatic and mindfulness methods in this format:

  • guided group discussion
  • practical, directly implemetable tools for reducing stress
  • simple movement experiments to become aware of our own emotional habits in relationship to each other

This is a mental health support group, if you’re experiencing a psychiatric emergency, please seek immediate care.

To Live Stream:

1) Download Zoom.Us app on your desktop/laptop or mobile device, create an account and and use your name that matches MindBody when logging in.

2) 15 minutes before class starts you will receive an email for a link to our ZOOM conference call from one of our Front Desk staff.

Emergency resources below:
24 hour San Francisco Suicide Prevention Crisis Line: 415-781-0500
National Suicide prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
SF Child Crisis Services Hotline: 415-970-3800
24 Hour Crisis Line for Parents: 415-441-KIDS (5437)
Teen Line text: 839863 Call: 310-855-4673

Jennifer Bury has been a movement therapist in private practice since 1985, teaching within the Gestalt psychology community throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Now based in San Francisco, Jennifer is a Certified Trainer and Supervisor in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy™️, holds a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and has also studied medicine, neuroscience, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Bioenergetics, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Body Mind Centering, Authentic Movement, yoga, various forms of dance, and holds a black belt in Aikido.

Nancy Marks, M.D. completed medical school at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. She has been in private practice in San Francisco California since 1999. She treats of diverse patient population in her outpatient practice utilizing psychotherapeutic approaches, including ACT, DBT, FBT, and psychodynamic psychotherapy and medications. Dr. Marks is also a volunteer assistant clinical professor at UCSF where she serves as a preceptor to first-year medical students in the city’s largest homeless shelter. Dr. Marks has a deep respect for dance as an art form and for dancers. She devoted much of her childhood and adolescence to classical ballet training in Chicago and at San Francisco Ballet School, and in her early 20’s she enjoyed performing as a modern dancer in the Bay Area.

She was deeply inspired by the fellow care providers she volunteered with, and the amazing dancers they served, during the January 2019’s First Annual Bay Area Day for Dancers’ Health at ODC. Dr. Marks appreciates the complex health needs of dancers and she is thrilled to be co-facilitating a mental health support group with her colleague Jennifer Bury.

Photo: Andrew Weeks