Judy Gantz, MA, CMA, is the Director and Founder of the Center for Movement Education and Research (CMER), a 501c 3 non-profit organization (2003). She is an international movement specialist, teacher and lecturer, and was an Associate Adjunct Professor at UCLA in the department of World Arts & Cultures from 1982-2005. Ms Gantz has specialized in Laban Movement Analysis, dance kinesiology and creative dance/movement education. Judy’s teaching in the United States includes the University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Dominican University, University of Washington, University of Illinois, Sonoma State University, and the University of Western Michigan. Internationally, she has taught in Seoul Korea, Moscow Russia, Cologne Germany, University of Surrey in England, and in Scotland.
Gantz has a broad perspective of the role of dance/movement in healing and education. She was the former Fitness Editor for Shape magazine and Co-Editor of Kinesiology for Dance, an international publication. Her writings on Dance Kinesiology were published by Oxford Press in the International Encyclopedia of Dance and her writings on fitness were requested for the first textbook published by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America- Fitness: theory & practice.
Judy has produced and choreographed numerous health and exercise videos, the latest KIDS GET MOVIN’ was produced by CMER and CDK Productions and can be found at: www.kidsgetmovin.com.
CMER received several Gonda grants to provide the only dance/movement therapy Alternate Route training program in California and to create movement programs for young children. Ms Gantz has focused on teaching the qualitative and quantitative aspects of movement within the Education of a Dancer.
“ I am interested in dancers understanding their anatomical structure so they can prevent injuries. Of equal importance is how body knowledge can assist in a dancer being fully expressive and powerful as moving artists and citizens. I am committed to integrating art and movement into education to foster understanding of the myriad of expressions of the human heart. The arts are not merely decorative, but build social/cultural awareness and emotional intelligence”.
Judy maintains a private practice as a movement specialist, specializing in working with dancers and actors; her clients have included Jody Foster, Angela Lansbury, Barbara Walters, Ed Asner, and others.