Charné Furcron

Charné Furcron is Director of Education and Program Officer for Moving in the Spirit (MITS). She has been actively involved with MITS for over twenty-six years and currently manages program evaluation to provide evidence that proves the impact of the program on the dancers’ self-concept, youth development goals, and dance technique. She holds a BFA in dance from Texas Christian University, MA in dance therapy from Goucher College, MA in counseling from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology, and EdD in counseling psychology from Argosy University/ Sarasota. Dr. Furcron is a licensed professional counselor, board certified dance therapist, board certified coach, master addiction counselor, and approved clinical supervisor. In addition to her role as Director of Education, she is an Adjunct Professor for Liberty University Online in the psychology program and maintains a dance/movement therapy and counseling practice. Dr. Furcron has presented her work with Dance/Movement Therapy and Positive Youth Development locally, regionally and nationally. Her TED Talk-style presentation on Dance: Positively Changing Lives of Urban Youth was featured by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) as the first in a series, “ADTA Talks.”

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Arts Disciplines: Dance

Core Content Curriculum Areas: Dance, Character Education

Specialized Content Areas: Character Education 

Grade Levels: 9-12, 6-8, 3-5, K-2, Pre-K

Special Populations: At-Risk Students, ELL (English Language Learners)

Pre-Service Learning and Professional Development: Professional Development for Teaching Artists, Post-Secondary/Pre-Service Learning, Professional Development for K-12 Teachers

Geographic Availability: Metro Atlanta

Program Fees:

  • Workshop fees – $125.00 per hour (negotiable)
  • Residency fees – $250.00 per day (negotiable)

Artistic Profile:

Charné Furcron is Director of Education and Program Officer for Moving in the Spirit (MITS). She has been actively involved with MITS for over twenty-six years and currently manages program evaluation to provide evidence that proves the impact of the program on the dancers’ self-concept, youth development goals, and dance technique. She holds a BFA in dance from Texas Christian University, MA in dance therapy from Goucher College, MA in counseling from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology, and EdD in counseling psychology from Argosy University/ Sarasota. Dr. Furcron is a licensed professional counselor, board certified dance therapist, board certified coach, master addiction counselor, and approved clinical supervisor. In addition to her role as Director of Education, she is an Adjunct Professor for Liberty University Online in the psychology program and maintains a dance/movement therapy and counseling practice. 

Teaching Experience:

Dr. Furcron has presented her work with Dance/Movement Therapy and Positive Youth Development locally, regionally and nationally. Her TED Talk-style presentation on Dance: Positively Changing Lives of Urban Youth was featured by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) as the first in a series, “ADTA Talks.” In May of 2016, she co-authored an article with Dr. Leon Rodgers on MITS’s program evaluation process for the American Journal of Dance Therapy. She is highlighted in the Profiles of Dance/Movement Therapists on the ADTA website, and in “A Short Primer on Innovative Evaluation Reporting” book, and the international documentary of the Moving Child. Additionally, she serves as the Multicultural Diversity Chair for the Board of directors of ADTA, the vice-president of the Southern Chapter of the ADTA, and the Director of Education, Practice, & Credentialing for the Black Americans and African Descendants (BAAD) Affinity Group of the ADTA.

Sample Programs:

  • Conflict Resolution Workshop: “Conflict Resolution” is a workshop designed to help participants enhance their ability to understand and examine maladaptive communication patterns in a creative and supportive environment. It teaches skills that transform destructive conflicts into healthy and assertive resolutions. The workshop utilizes nonverbal communication, creative and kinesthetic movement, role-play, and humor to help participants examine their behavioral patterns and relevant issues unique to their present experiences, i.e., peer pressure, honest versus dishonest behavior, and encounters with various authority figures (school administrators/teachers). The workshop presents a useful process for effectively managing conflict with assertiveness in all aspects of the participants’ lives. The workshop provides useful strategies for dealing with anxiety-provoking situations. The process will not guarantee an agreement, but it greatly improves the likelihood that problems can be understood, solutions explored and the advantages of a negotiated agreement considered.

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