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Dance Education Faculty: Miriam Roskin Berger

Miriam Roskin Berger

Dancer, Dance Therapist


Dr. Miriam Roskin Berger, BC-DMT, LCAT performed with the Jean Erdman Theatre of Dance in the 1960s. She has always focused on dance therapy through the lens of art and the lens of science, and has been involved with the development of the dance therapy profession since its beginnings.

Past President and charter member of the American Dance Therapy Association, Dr. Berger has taught at New York University since 1975, where she was the Director of the Dance Education Program from 1993–2002. She is also currently the Director of the Dance Therapy Program at the Harkness Dance Center of the 92nd Street Y and has just initiated a new Alternate Route Training program. From 1970 to 1990 she was Director of the Creative Arts Therapies Dept. at Bronx Psychiatric Center. A past Chair of the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies and former co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy and editorial board member of the Journal of Dance Education, she now is on the board of Arts in Psychotherapy and the AJDT.

Dr. Berger has created dance therapy training programs in the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Sweden, and has also taught dance therapy and the Movement Psychodiagnostic Inventory in France, Germany, Greece, Korea, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, and Taiwan.  She is currently Chair of the ADTA International Panel.

Dr. Berger received the ADTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007; was inducted into Dance Library of Israel Hall of Fame in 2005; received the Marian Chace Award for for fostering the international growth of dance therapy in 2002; and was the recipient of the Charles Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College in 2009.