January 2021

   -This month I taught again at the Neuroscience Applied to Architectural Design Master program in Venice, Italy. Unlike last

    year, when my teaching took place in Venice itself just before the pandemic started, this year the teaching was done

    through Zoom and lasted two days. I hope that by next year things will get back to normal and I will be able to teach face to

    face again, being physically in Venice.


  -In addition, I presented (by invitation) in the ‘Analysis of Body Motion Behavior Workshop’ organized by Prof. Bernhard

   Seeber for The Collaborative Research Centre (Sonderforschungsbereich) SFB 1330 "Hearing Acoustics: Perceptive

   Principles, Algorithms and Applications" (HAPPAA) group. The SFB is funded by the German Research Foundation to

   explore the principles of speech communication and to promote the communication skills of the population due to improved

   hearing aids.


  -Lastly, I finished and graduated my specialization of Anat Baniel Method: Neuromovement in Vitality and Anti-Aging.

Nov 2020

  -This month I finished the second segment of the Online Coaching course and started the third segment of

    the Vitality and Anti-Aging course, of Anat Baniel Method: Neuromovement.


Oct 2020

  -During the American Dance Therapy Association annual conference, I was awarded the Innovation Award,

   “In recognition and gratitude for your contributions to the ADTA and the field of dance/movement therapy”. 








   -I was also invited to participate in the “Embodiment of Emotions” webinar, organized and hosted by

    Universidad Autónoma de Chile. The webinar, which included presentations of three international

    scientists, followed by a panel discussion, was subtitled in Spanish and then posted on Youtube for the

    general public.   


July 2020

  -I continue my studies of Anat Baniel Methode:Neuromovement and did the second segment of the mastery

   workshop: Vitality and Anti-Aging’. I also continue my work at the clinic and started to have some adult

   clients as well.


  -After six months of being lost in the mail during the initial chaos of COVID-19, I finally got my CMA

   (Certified Movement Analyst) certificate







May 2020

  -To adjust to the new COVID-19 reality of social distancing and avoidance of touch, Anat Baniel has

   developed a new aspect to her method: Online At-Home Coaching for parents, on how to apply the

   method’s nine essentials when interacting with their children.

   In parallel to continuing my Vitality and Anti-Aging Mastery Workshop, I also studied the first segment of

   this specialization.

  -After the strict lockdown during March and April, children with special needs are now allowed to get their

   treatments, and I reopened my clinic to this population.

April 2020

  -Continuing my training and deepening my knowledge of the Anat Baniel Methode: Neuromovement

    (ABMNM), I started this month the first segment of the ABMNM Continuing Education Mastery Workshop

    “Vitality and Anti-Aging


November 2019
    -This month I graduated the ABM Continuing Education Mastery Workshop-Neuromovement ®: Working with

     Children with Special Needs. I am looking forward to open my practice in the beginning of 2020 and start working

     with children. Meanwhile, I have started to practice as a volunteer in “Gan Hayeled” in Haifa, which is a non-profit

     afternoon program for children with special needs.














October 2019

    - Following the ADTA invitation, I participated as Israel’s representative, talking about dance-movement

     therapy research in Israel, as part of the International Panel at the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA)

     annual meeting in Miami, Florida.

   - In addition, I presented at this conference a poster describing my student Tami Zeifert’s Master thesis research,

     in which she studied the relationship between proprioceptive acuity, emotion recognition, and emotional empathy.

August 2019
     - In the third segment of the Anat Baniel Method Neuromovement Continuing Education Mastery
        Workshop for Children with Special needs,
I had the amazing experience of doing two practicums:

       One with a 5 years old girl with CP (Cerebral Palsy) and another with a 12 years old girl with ASD
        (Autism Spectrum Disorder).


July 2019
     - My Master student Ayelet Melzer published her Master thesis as a paper in Frontiers in Psychology 10, 1389:

       How Do We Recognize Emotion From Movement? Specific Motor Components Contribute to the Recognition of

       Each Emotion


    - This month I completed the last module of my Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies (LBMS), and celebrated

       together with the rest of my cohort in Laban Israel the graduation of a two years program. Once I will submit my

       final project to LIMS (Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies), I will get my CMA (Certified Movement

       Analyst) certificate and title.




June 2019

     - My PhD student published a paper of her dissertation: Spitzer, N., Shafir, T., Lerman, Y., & Werner, P. (2019).

       The Relationship between Caregiver Burden and Emotion Recognition Deficits in Persons with MCI and Early AD:

       The Mediating Role of Caregivers' Subjective Evaluations. Alzheimer disease and associated disorders.



    - I attended another amazing segment of the

      Anat Baniel Method Neuromovement Continuing Education Mastery Workshop for Children with Special needs.


March 2019

     - I had an incredibly moving experience  during the first segment of the Anat Baniel Method Neuromovement 

       Continuing Education Mastery Workshop for Children with Special needs, when I saw how a 4 months old

       baby who had a cardiac arrest, was not responsive to anything and was diagnosed by the physicians as deaf

       and blind, “woke up to life” after only a few sessions, started to respond to sound tried to catch with his hand

      the finger of a practitioner, and looked at his father’s eyes instead of rolling his eyes to the ceiling.


    - My colleague Rachelle Tsachor and I published a new paper:

      How Shall I Count the Ways? A Method for Quantifying the Qualitative Aspects of Unscripted Movement With

      Laban Movement Analysis. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(572). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00572

February 2019

      - This month I completed module 4A of my Laban Movement Studies in The Inspirees Institute in Shanghai, China.

        Karen Studd and Cat Maguire were extraordinary teachers, the other students were very warm and welcoming,

       Katee the translator did a wonderful job making me feel as comfortable as possible in this non-English speaking

       country and the entire experience was wonderful and highly recommended.ns

January 2019

      - This month I graduate the basic training to become a practitioner of the Anat Baniel Method Neuromovement, and

        I am looking forward to start my continuing education training in March, specializing in working with children with

       special needs.  Jill Bolte Taylor who was part of our class during the first few segments joined us in

       celebrating this important milestone.

December 2018

     - On December 31st I was a guest speaker at the monthly ABC Robotics Seminar at Ben Gurion University, talking

       about “Emotion Perception and Expression through Movement in Human-Robot Interaction”. The presentation, which

       went very well, was followed by meetings with several faculty members with whom I hope to establish new research



November 2018

      - On November 12th together with my Colleague Rachelle Tsachor, I gave the presentation: “Laban and emotional

       resiliency” as part of the educational international  Laban webinar series organized by The Inspirees Institute and  

       Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS).

July 2018

     - Following an invitation from the conference organizer Prof Klaus Gramann, I gave an oral presentation: “Measuring brain

       mechanisms underlying dance-therapy: past & future directions” at the 3ed International Mobile Brain/Body

       Imaging  Conference , in Berlin, Germany.

     - My colleague Rachelle Tsachor presented the application of our research in a workshop titled “Connecting Motion and

        Emotion: Implications for Alexander Technique of Current Emotion Science” at the

       11th International Alexander Technique World Congress , in Chicago, Ilinois.

     - In addition, I continued my movement trainings and completed this month module 3 of my Laban/Bartenieff studies at

       LIMS® to become a CMA (Certified Movement Analyst) and segment 7 of my

       Anat Baniel Method: Neuromovement practitioner training.



June 2018

    - My colleague Rachel Tsachor presented our unique research methodology for quantifying Laban movement analysis in an

      oral presentation titled “An LMA Methodology for statistical analysis of complex movement” at the

      Laban 2018 International Conference in New York, NY.


March 2018

    - This month was full of educational activities. In addition to continuing my Laban/Bartenieff studies (module 2) and my

      Anat Baniel Method: Neuromovement studies (segment 4), I attended the following:
   - The 22nd annual meeting of The Israel Society of Biological Psychiatry
   - Brain Computer Interface conference 2018 in IDC Herzliya, Israel

   - A day long seminar on:“The parental protective shield as the focus of therapeutic work with high-risk children”,

     with Dr. Suzi Tortora

   - In addition, my student Ayelet Meltzer presented the poster “Emotion recognition from movement: Associating specific

     motor components with basic emotions” at the 14th Karniel Computational Motor Control Workshop (KCMCW), an

     international computational motor control conference held in Ben-Gurion University in Israel. 



January 2018

   - My colleague Dr. Arik Cheshin presented our study: “The effects of congruent vs.incongruent body and face emotional

     displays of anger and happiness on emotion recognition and negotiation” in the

     4th Israel Organizational Behavior Conference.


December 2017

    - I gave an oral presentation: “Brain and Behavior in Movement-Emotion Interaction” at the 26th Israel Society for

       Neuroscience annual meeting in Eilat, Israel.


November 2017

   -  My student Ayelet Meltzer presented her Master thesis as a poster in the American Dance Therapy Association annual

      meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

October 2017

   - I graduated the first module of LIMS® (Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement  Studies) certification program in Laban

     Movement Studies.

   - I started the Anat Baniel Method: Neuromovement  general practitioner training 

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March 2020

 -I taught my first intensive in my clinic to a very sweet three years old girl with a genetic disorder which slows down learning,

  causing a developmental delay. I also had the first lesson with an eight years old boy with Cerebral Palsy, and was forced to

  delay the rest of the intensive until further notice because of the Corona Virus.



February 2020

 -This month I attended Segment 5 of the Neuromovement training to teach children with special needs. Because this was the

  first time ever that Anat taught this segment, whose topic was ‘Movement, Thinking and cognition’, many of the participants

  were very experienced practitioners and as a result, the level and depth of the teaching and learning experience was

  outstanding and extremely inspirational.

 -Before segment 5 I spent a whole day teaching (by invitation) architecture students at the Neuroscience Applied to

  Architectural Design Master program in Venice, Italy. We spent the morning studying the neuroscientific explanation to the

  effects of the environment on people’s movements and through their movements on their emotions. In the afternoon we

  discussed the application of this theory, and the students experienced it themselves through movement exercises. The

  students were very cooperative, were not shy of moving in various creative ways, and we all had a lot of fun.















January 2020

   -I finally completed all the preparation for opening my Anat Baniel method: Neuromovement clinic in the Carmel Center in

    Haifa, Israel, and I am now welcoming new clients.

  -In addition I have started to practice this method as a volunteer in an additional place: A nursery school for children with

   special needs: “Eshcol Ganim Flora”, where I have been working with two girls. Already after the first lesson, one of the girls

   who is usually very sleepy ‘woke up’ and stayed awake and alert for the rest of the morning, and the spasticity in her arm

   was reduced. The other girl “discovered” her leg and seemed to become aware of it. The satisfaction working with them is







  -I finished my final project and all my requirements for my Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies (LBMS), and sent everything to

   LIMS (Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies). I am now looking forward to get from them my CMA certificate.

  -In addition, I participated this month in two excellent  scientific educational activities:

  -An evening of lectures at the Early Childhood community Clinic which is part of the Center for Developmental Social

   Neuroscience at IDC Herzliya.

  -Cogneuro2020 – A two days international neuroscience conference, organized by Tel Aviv University.



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