Dawn Pratson has an extensive, interdisciplinary background in music and dance education, performance and therapy. She earned her BA in music and dance from the University of Hartford/Hartt College of Music and her master’s degree in creative arts in therapy from Drexel University. She has her license in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and is certified in Orff-Schulwerk .
Dawn was initially trained as a musician but started dancing as a sophomore in college. Her dance and movement training emphasized modern and post-modern dance (Humphrey-Limon, Graham, Contact, Improvisation, Laban Movement Analysis), somatics (Bartenieff, BMC, Topf), martial arts (Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan), sacred circle dance and authentic movement/contemplative dance.
From 1983-2003 Dawn had an active career in performance, teaching and arts in therapy in and around Boston, MA (see Performance page for more details).
From 1982-2000, Dawn worked as a dance-movement therapist in and around the Boston area, in private practice, and at the following institutions/organizations: New England Rehabilitation Hospital (chronic pain, stroke, head-trauma), Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (with frail elders in a federally-funded research project), Center for Creative Arts in Therapy (special education, elders), and North Shore Counseling Center (elders).
In 1997 Dawn began teaching movement in the Dalcroze Eurhythmcis program at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. This move initiated her career transition out of therapy and into full time education.
Currently Dawn teaches workshops in Dalcroze Eurhythmics on a free-lance basis around the country. Her major instrument is flute and she plays recorder, piano, percussion, body percussion, and sings.