The Healing Power of Art

By Jaimée Horn
  • Kathleen Rea

Dancer, teacher, choreographer and expressive arts therapist Kathleen Rea has just published her first book, The Healing Dance: The Life and Practice of an Expressive Arts Therapist. Currently on faculty at George Brown College, Rea is also artistic director of REAson d’etre dance productions and a Dora Award winner for her choreography. In her new book, she openly shares the story of her struggle with body image throughout her career as a dancer with The National Ballet of Canada. After years of hurt and hunger, she found healing through what she calls “honest creative expression”. The book outlines her approach to healing through the arts and provides intimate examples from her practice as an expressive arts therapist. She also addresses the art of grief by sharing the story of the loss of her father. When talking about this chapter, she says, “writing that provided so much relief of my grief.” The book is available for purchase from Charles C Thomas Publisher and Amazon. For more information:

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