“Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.”
– Ted Shawn
Moving Through It
My journey and credentials
My enthusiasm for studying the mind-body connection and sharing my knowledge with others started in 1997 when I took my first yoga class. As a contemporary dancer, I had turned to yoga for flexibility. I quickly discovered the joy of moving simply for the practice of it, not for performance or competition. It burst open a whole new world of contemplative practice, and brought me back to the timeless sense of play I had as a very young child.
Plato said “you can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” I experienced this as true, both for gaining self-knowledge, and later -as a therapist- for understanding my clients. I remembered how children don’t always have “fun” when they play. They’re often quite serious; working through concepts, grappling with new truths, and exploring the world, others, and themselves. This is what I hope to bring to my clients of all ages; an unselfconscious look into the self, the subconscious, and their relationship with others.
I have been teaching yoga since 2001, and have had the honor of directing multiple yoga teacher training sessions. It is exciting to see students of mine opening their own studios and traveling the world to continue their yoga studies. I have also hosted yoga and wellness retreats in Brazil, Argentina, and the U.S.
I received my BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002, and I danced professionally in NYC and Buenos Aires, Argentina. After living in Argentina for five years and becoming bilingual in Spanish, I returned to the U.S. to get my masters in Creative Arts Therapy from Drexel University.
I am now a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, with over five years of experience in the field. This has provided me the opportunity to combine my experience as a dancer, choreographer, yogini, and yoga teacher with my passion for navel-gazing. As a dance/movement psychotherapist, I love helping others to take brave, honest looks into themselves to unearth both pain and the inner resources to heal it.
Cheryl Delaney, MA, LCAT, BC-DMT
I am a dance/movement therapist, psychotherapist, and yoga teacher, with a lifetime of movement-study. Contact me to learn more about my work and how I can help you find connection and healing.