In this episode, Reetu discusses her journey into the expressive arts, the creation of the Creative Movement Therapy Association of India (CMTAI), and her current doctoral research. She talks about the opportunities, challenges, and experiences serving adolescents, particularly around areas of gender, sexuality, and social change.

Reetu is from Texas and has been living in India for the past nine years.  She is Co-Founder of the Creative Movement Therapy Association of India (CMTAI), a creative movement therapy facilitator, visiting faculty with Ashoka University and Ambedkar University in New Delhi, India, and a dancer/choreographer who has trained and performed internationally for over 30 years.  Her dance repertoire includes Indian classical and folk, Ugandan folk, and tribal fusion belly dance. As a facilitator, she has primarily worked with adolescent groups and is passionate about creating open and safe platforms for self-discovery, dialogue, and expression, especially in areas related to gender and sexuality. Reetu was selected as an ADTA Talks speaker at the American Dance Therapy Association’s 50th Annual Conference and has represented India and the field of creative movement therapy at various forums, including the DaDaFest International Congress in the UK in 2016, the Ananta Centre (formerly Aspen Institute India) leadership conference on ending sexual violence in 2014, and the Harvard South Asia Institute “Gender Justice, Criminal Law, and Curricular Reforms” conference in 2013. Reetu is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University, USA, with her research focus on exploring the potential of arts-based methods in sexual violence prevention programs working with youth in India.

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