Dear Stein Senior Center Community,
As the new Acting Director of the Stein Senior Center, it is my pleasure to greet you and tell you something about myself. To some of you, I may look familiar, as I founded and ran the Creative and Movement Arts Psychotherapy Program at the International Center for the Disabled (ICD) from 1992-2012. There, I had the opportunity to get to know the Stein Senior Center over several years when they were located on the 2nd floor at ICD. The 20 years I spent at ICD were deeply rewarding.
In my early life as a professional dancer, I trained at the American Ballet Theatre School and performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company in pieces such as Sleeping Beauty and Symphony in C. I went on to perform as a modern dancer in my own dance company and as a guest artist in pieces such as Doris Humphrey’s Day on Earth. During my years as a performer, I developed an interest in poetry and pursued two MFAs in writing, at which time I began exploring the relationship between language and movement through performance and critical writing. My written work has appeared in creative and academic journals and textbooks.
The process of integrating dance and writing further confirmed my desire to promote the positive effects of the arts on the quality of human experience, and I entered the Hunter College Dual Degree Program in Social Work and Dance/Movement Therapy, eventually becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist.
I have been fortunate that my passion for the arts and for connection has allowed me to work at ICD for 20 years and to start, direct and obtain New York State Education Department and American Dance Therapy Association Approval for a new Masters Degree Program in Dance/Movement Therapy at Sarah Lawrence College from 2012-2016.
It is very exciting for me to return to community work, and I am honored to serve the Stein Senior Center with its dynamic membership and dedicated staff.
See you at the Center!
Catherine Appel, LCSW-R, LCAT, BC-DMT
Acting Executive Director, Stein Senior Center, Inc.