Recognized as the “Leader of Tomorrow” in 2008 by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA), Lora Wilson-Mau, MA, BC-DMT is passionate about increasing the world’s understanding of the dance/movement therapy profession and the inherently healing power of dance. A board certified dance/movement therapist, she served as President of the California Chapter of the ADTA for two terms and is a long-standing member of the ADTA’s Public Relations Committee. She serves as a program adviser for the Arts and Healing Initiative, a non-profit organization in partnership with the UCLA Collaborative Center for Integrative Medicine to “facilitate the use of arts-based tools for mind-body healing in the community.”
Lora graduated cum laude with honors from Wright State University with a B.F.A in Acting and earned an M.A. in Dance as Healing and Therapy from the University of California, Los Angeles. She furthered her dance/movement therapy (DMT) training at Kinections™ in Rochester, New York, under the tutelage of respected dance/movement therapy pioneer, Danielle Fraenkel, PhD, BC-DMT. Under the supervision of Dr. Fraenkel she pioneered the development of the first DMT program at Strong Memorial Hospital’s eating disorder clinic in Rochester, New York. She currently works in psychiatric hospitals throughout Orange County and with the elderly with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Lora teaches “Nonverbal Communication and MindBody Interaction” for the Dance Department. A charismatic speaker, she is a sought after presenter and workshop facilitator and has presented at organizations and professional conferences both locally and nationally. Most recently, Lora presented “Gene Expression and Neuroplasticity: Implications for Dance/Movement Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease” at the ADTA’s 45th Annual Conference. She writes about dance/movement therapy for various blogs on the web, including her own:www.dancetherapy.wordpress.com.