Title/Position: Lecturer and Interim Director, Dance ProgramProfile:
Why did you choose dance and dance/movement therapy as a career?
Since my undergraduate studies in dance I was have been intensely interested in the interrelationship of movement, dance, neuropsychology, contemplative inquiry and spirituality. Dance can be a vehicle for expression in the arts as well as for healing in mental health. I love how dance and movement enables people to connect without words reaching across physical and social boundaries and brings us to a place of shared humanity.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I want my students to embrace and embody their study of dance and dance therapy through their unique personality and point of view. Giving my students a solid foundation in the concepts of dance gives them the tools for self-discovery and building community. I want them to find the dancer in themselves. Appreciation in dance really fosters an appreciation for all the arts.
What would you say are the most outstanding highlights of your professional life?
Choreographing a dance therapy piece and video on eating disorders awareness and prevention for presentation at New Theater in Miami and at the American Dance Therapy Conference in Burlington, Vermont. Receiving a grant from the National Parkinson Foundation for dance and theater classes, and creating a video of the work. Collaborating with the Lowe Art Museum to have my UM students perform their dance pieces based on art in the museum. Choreographing contemplative dance pieces at the Contemplative Pedagogy in Higher Education Summer Institute at Smith College 2014 and 2015.
Why should a prospective student choose the University Of Miami Frost School Of Music?
The Frost School of Music is special in that it offers undergraduate courses in dance therapy and undergraduate and graduate degrees in music therapy. The dance minor program is focused on dance education which is an enrichment to students to who want to major in music education or arts management and collaborate in dance and music compositions.
Carol Kaminsky, MA, BC-DMT, NCC is a lecturer and interim director of the Dance Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She is board-certified dance movement therapist and nationally certified counselor who joined the Frost School of Music dance program in 1986. Over the last 29 years she has taught modern dance, dance therapy, dance methodology, creative dance for children, improvisation, composition and stretching and body work. Her performing career includes dancing with Miami based dance company Karen Peterson and Dancers Inc., a mixed ability dance company featuring disabled and able-bodied dancers. Specializing in dance education in preschool and early elementary ages, Ms. Kaminsky’s teaching career concurrent to the University of Miami has focused on creative dance and modern dance for children in public and private schools. She taught in the University of Miami Children’s preparatory dance program and summer dance camp for children. Ms. Kaminsky’s clinical background includes dance therapy with hospitalized patients in acute psychiatric care, children with special needs in schools, women in eating disorders treatment, and mindfulness meditation programs in hospital settings and private practice. In 2014-15 she received a grant from the National Parkinson Foundation for teaching classes in dance and theater for people with Parkinson’s disease and currently continues dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease. Ms. Carol Kaminsky has a B.A. in Dance from the University of South Florida and an M.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.