Dancers' Emotional Support Group, ODC Healthy Dancers' Clinic

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First Sunday of every month
Mott Studio, 4 PM
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’ Emotional Support Group run through ODC's Healthy Dancers’ Clinic, is a monthly support group specifically designed to address the needs of dancers. This group is facilitated by therapists Jennifer Bury and Nancy Marks, M.D., two professionals with dance backgrounds as well as expertise in treating dancers. This group incorporates both movement therapy and talk therapy, offering a safe and compassionate environment for dancers to gather, facilitate connection, learn techniques to better manage stress, and share resources. Dancers ages 18 and over are invited.

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