I am Rebecca R Burrill, Ed.D–dancer, artist, movement-based child developmentalist, and educator. I have a Doctorate in Education focusing on brain evolution, child development, movement, art-making, learning, and literacy. My Masters work focused on creative process and dance. I am Massachusetts Certified in Elementary Education and Professional Development Provider. I am a trained Observer and Notator of movement-language in the Kestenberg Movement Dance Therapy System. I have trained in the mind-body integrative and repatterning systems of Educational Kinesiology and Rhythmic Movement Training.
My work is based on the experience that learning is fundamentally a creative process, and that aesthetic sense is primary in the
development of self, intelligence, and wellbeing.
I trace the evolution of human intelligence back to primal
people’s relationship with Nature, a relationship that was
instrumental in the development of language and art. With these understandings I seek to renew human engagement with the primary creative intelligences of movement, sound, feeling, imagination, and ecological conscious and their natural healing and developmental capacities.
Links to Selected Publications and Documentaries
Minding Nature: “Dancing Our Kinship with Animate Earth”.
IAE Newsletter: “Joy and Satisfaction in Natural Learning: Creative Improvisational
Explorations” (scroll down)
Wood and Arts Project: a video documentary concerning the honoring of cut trees at an historical landscape restoration. The intent, through art, is to express empathetic human relationship with Nature. The project was a collaboration with The Cape Cod National Seashore, The Cape Cod Light House Charter School, a local wood artist, and local dancer/educator–Rebecca Burrill–videographer, producer, director and editor.
Dancing the Dunes: a video documentary of a solo performance of story, poetry and dance about a two week stay in a rustic dune shack and immersion in the sensory communications of the natural surround. Author, dancer, producer, director and editor Rebecca R
The American Journal of Dance Therapy: “Movement, Art, and Child Development Through the Lens of an Innovative Use of The Kestenberg Movement Profile”.
Teaching Artist Journal: “The Primacy of Movement in Art-Making”.
Teaching Artist Journal: “Natural Biology vs. Cultural Structures: Art and Child Development in Education”.
Contact me for explorations, lecturing, workshops/courses,
consulting, program teaching, and curriculum development.
Arts and Learning thru Movement
Rebecca R Burrill Ed.D
115C Sisson Road
Harwich Port, MA 02646
Photo credits: Caroline Bartlett; Barbara Cole Kirk, Respectively
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