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Danielle Fraenkel

  • Adjunct Instructor, Dance Program



Danielle L. Fraenkel, Ph.D., BC-DMT, NCC, LCAT, LMHC, CGP, director of Kinections, has been a dance/movement therapist for almost four decades. She developed LivingDance™ to teach people how to use the joy of creative movement to make positive, lasting changes in their lives. LivingDance synthesizes current knowledge of human development, creativity, dance, counseling, neurobiology, and bodymind integrity. Schooled in both counseling and dance/movement therapy, Dr. Fraenkel is an innovator. She founded the department of dance/movement therapy at Hillside Children's Center, brought dance/movement therapy to the Rochester Eating Disorders Organization and Heritage Christian Services, and introduced LivingDance to The Genesee Hospital and Unity Hospital's Partial Hospitalization Eating Disorders program. As the first dance/movement therapist at The Healing Connection, a Partial Hospitalization Program for adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders, Dr. Fraenkel continues to share the healing inherent in LivingDance. She has also brought LivingDance to Greece, Israel, Asia, and to different parts of the USA. Educator and published writer, Dr. Fraenkel teaches formal, alternate route and continuing education courses at the graduate level at Kinections and Saint John Fisher College. More informally, Dr. Fraenkel teaches LivingDance skills to professionals, parents, and employees in order to reduce stress, increase feelings of effectiveness, and improve communication skills.