Dance for All Online Facilitator Training

DFA Logo_WebWant to learn ways to help people of any age move, release stress, connect, and find joy? Interested in engaging and embodied tools for working with clients? Feel disconnected from your body and want to become comfortable with movement again?

Learn to facilitate a dance-and-yoga-informed creative movement curriculum for social emotional learning that is easily adaptable for all ages and abilities—all while engaging in self-care.

The Dance for All (DFA) curriculum encourages movement discovery and freedom of expression without self-consciousness. It breaks down movement into an accessible creative process without focus on performance or mastery, to support both self-care and working with any population. You will be dancing from the start without even knowing how it happened!

dfa_group-circleOriginally designed for teens and adults with developmental disabilities, DFA has been successfully delivered to children in traditional Pre-K and elementary schools as well as to older adults.

The comprehensive DFA curriculum for this online training includes eight theme-based modules based in dance/movement therapy and yoga, each divided into three sections, which can be mixed and matched according to the needs of the dancers. This facilitator training will provide step-by-step directions, pre-and-post-discussion prompts, props/music suggestions, and helpful, online tips for virtual teaching. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to practice teaching the curriculum with support and guidance.

This highly experiential online training highlights the importance of self-care and personal development for the facilitator, with an emphasis on participant connection and collaboration. The principles upon which this curriculum is based apply to developing movement skills safely and accessibly in all populations.

Watch a short introduction video on the Dance for All curriculum.


Sunday, November 5, 2023


9:00 am to 3:30 pm Pacific Time (PT), which includes a 45-minute break.



Add CEs for this program.

Purchase the following materials for this program now and automatically receive 20% off the regular price:

Dance for All Print Manual
Dance for All E-book


Clory Rossi-Shewan, MA, LMFT
Vicki Alvarez, MS, R-DMT


This is an interactive, online program through Zoom. A welcome email, which includes the link to join the training, will be sent to you in advance of the program.

additional information:

from dfa trainees

"I've been using the new techniques you taught us, such as starting with a simple, rhythmic song to get them dancing, clapping out the syllables of their name while they say it to the group, and inviting each person to pick a part of the body for us to warm up!  We are getting a lot of participation now. I also looked for signs of engagement from one young man who refuses to dance with us. By the end of class his legs were bouncing energetically while he sat in his chair." – Sarah Haykel, Dance and Yoga Instructor and Life Coach

"I had a great experience teaching Dance For All. The notes provided by Hilary Kern and Kathy Cass were very helpful for me in order to formulate a certain structure for the class, as well as a fun way to introduce the topic of balance. I felt like I was free to experiment and develop my own teaching style throughout the class. I learned and practiced different ways to communicate instructions to the dancers by using words that were more clear and understandable for them. I feel like I learned a lot of effective communication and leadership skills by teaching this class, and I'm looking forward to teaching my next class." – Clorinda Rossi-Shewan, MA, Lead Instructor, Dance For All

“Learning dance techniques have helped me in every day of my life (e.g. walking in crowds and crowded intersections). My favorite DFA moments are when we are all happy laughing together. DFA has brought me increased sociability—increased physical fitness and a better mood.” – Kellie, Dance For All Program Participant and Mentor

from dfa recipients & their care givers:

“For someone like Elisa whose cognitive skills and verbal expression are limited, dance has been a wonderful vehicle for her to express herself. Dance class is also a social environment where she is fully accepted and appreciated, which helps bolster both her social skills and her self-esteem. As Elisa’s mother, I have always wanted Elisa to participate in activities that she enjoys and to have as rich a life as possible despite her limitations. I also want to surround her with people that truly care about her and want to contribute to her joy, sense of well-being, and good self-esteem. It fills my heart when I see her happy and when she tells me, 'I love my life!' I know DFA has helped Elisa feel that way about her life.”  – Lora Jerugim, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Dance For All Parent

“Lexi was only ten years old when we found out about a dance program for youth and adults with special needs. We were invited to bring her by to see if it would be a good 'fit.' Well, Lexi started dancing that day and,thirteen years later, she hasn’t stopped. At Dance For All, Lex is a dancer, a friend, a helper, a choreographer, and a valued and contributing member of a group of very special individuals who want nothing more than to have fun together and bring joy and light into our world. At the helm of this remarkable program is Hilary Kern — a beautiful young woman who is not only a teacher and guide, she is starshine personified. - Hillary Kessler, Program Manager, Client Services, Westside Regional Center, Dance For All Parent
Clory-Rossi-Shewan-HeadshotClory Rossi-Shewan, MA, LMFT is a lead instructor at Dance For All, and has been a committed member of the team since 2011. Clory is originally from Italy, where she trained and performed as a professional dancer, as well as worked as a dance instructor and choreographer over the course of 20 years. She studied ballet and modern dance mainly at Balletto di Roma - Centro di Danza, and IALS - Centro Danza Musica e Teatro, in Rome. In 2001, she won a dance scholarship, and was able to train and perform in New York City with Ajkun Ballet Theatre and the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. Clory’s scholarship also offered her the opportunity to take classes at American Ballet Theatre, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps on Broadway.

Clory discovered her love for psychology in the US, and graduated with an MA in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles in 2013. She is now a licensed psychotherapist, and works with college students and staff at Acacia Counseling and Wellness in Santa Barbara. Clory’s clinical experience includes facilitating therapeutic group activities such as art, dance-movement, yoga, drama, and play therapy designed for children with special needs at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services in Los Angeles. She has been working with children with Autism, Asperger’s, behavioral, emotional and learning difficulties, as well neurologically impaired children. She also worked at the Southern California Counseling Center in Los Angeles, where she provided psychotherapy for individual adults and children, couples, and families.

Vicki Alvarez, MS, R-DMT graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2016 where she received her Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology and minored in Dance. She was born and raised in San Francisco where she joined a theatrical hip-hop dance company that gave her opportunities to perform at many competitions as well as TV shows such as America's Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance. She has also been trained in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, and modern. Vicki spent three months in London doing an internship abroad for a mental health organization for adults. She completed her Master's of Science degree in Dance/Movement Therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and currently provides dance/movement therapy for adolescents at inpatient and outpatient facilities under Discovery Mood & Anxiety. She also works with the Hummingbird Project as an Activity Specialist enriching quality of life for elderly clients with dementia. In 2014 she began as an intern with the Dance For All program in Santa Monica. Now she has re-branded the program and created Let's Dance it Out with her co-creator Clory. As a spiritual person she believes that the body serves as the unconscious mind, which can be channeled in many powerful ways to bring healing across many populations using the universal language of movement, developing relationships and connections with one another, and ultimately creating a deepened sense of empathy and overall well being.
This course meets qualifications for 5.25 hours of continuing education (CE) credit for psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, LEPs, LPCCs, and RNs. CEs can be requested during the registration process for an additional $30.

UCLArts & Healing is approved by the California Psychological Association (CPA) and the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). UCLArts & Healing maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP17630, for 5.25 contact hours.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend this workshop in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credit.


learning objectives for ces:

1. Describe a challenging behavior and the underlying needs that it may be communicating.

2. Describe beginning, middle, and end activities in a therapeutic session.

3. Identify at least one facilitation tool for raising energy, grounding energy, and establishing group cohesion.

4. Define a movement-based structured improvisation.

5. Describe 3 creative movement activities that include self-expression for social, emotional and cognitive learning.

6. Identify at least 1 social/emotional reflection question based upon a session activity and theme.

7. Give an example of positive and specific feedback in a therapeutic dance/movement session.

8. Describe at least one way that yoga-based, creative movement can be used to support the well-being of patients in the practice of nursing.
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  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes to move in.

  • Bring a pen and notebook for your insights.

  • (optional) Snacks and water to keep you hydrated and energized.

Written by Dance for All (DFA) program developers, Kathy Cass MA, BC-DMT, NCC, C-IAYT, CAHC, AYT-NAMA, and Hilary Kern MA, LMFT, ATR, CYT, this comprehensive manual, available in both a print and e-book edition, includes eight theme-based modules, each divided into three sections, which can be mixed and matched according to needs of the dancers. Step-by-step directions, pre- and post-discussion prompts, props/music suggestions, and helpful hints are included for all movement activities.

When registering for this DFA training, you can also purchase the DFA manual for 20% off. See the Promotions & Discounts section for details.

When registering for the DFA training, trainees can also purchase the accompanying DFA curriculum manual, available in both a print and e-book edition, for 20% off. After adding the training to your cart, the promotional-offer pop-up will appear. Simply click on the edition you would like to purchase, add it to your cart, and the 20% off-discount will be automatically applied in your shopping cart.
This is a online program through Zoom. If you are new to this platform, watch a how-to tutorial here.
A welcome email, which includes the link to join the program, will be sent to you in advance of the program date.
By registering, you give UCLArts & Healing approval to record this event, still and/or moving images from which may appear in printed materials or digital channels for archival, educational, or promotional purposes.

Note that Zoom breakout rooms are not recorded.
In order to keep our programs affordable yet self-sustaining, we regret that we are unable to offer refunds for cancellation; however, we are happy to provide you with credit good for one year from the date of the program toward the next offering of the same program or a different one. Credit applied toward a program with higher registration fees will require payment of the balance. In addition, credit may be applied toward purchase of curriculum materials for any program. Unused fees after one year would then be tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law because no goods or services would have been received for them.