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Participant of Dance Therapy Group in Lanzhou, China
亲爱的Simone, 飞机滑行在兰州机场的跑道上,忽然感受到与你的强烈连结,有种要立刻与你紧紧拥抱并告诉你忆僮非常非常爱你的冲动,这在我48年的人生中鲜有发生。4天来,你对每个人的深切关怀历历在目,你不是在用头脑教学,你是投入了你全部的身心和生命去感受去帮助去爱每一个人。感恩上苍将这样一位天使送给中国送给我,让我不仅懂得并得到了舞动治疗,而且亲眼见证了一个真正将所教同时活出来的活生生的样板。这个见证清晰地向我传递出这样的信息:舞动治疗不仅是学习和治疗,更是生活!舞动即是生活!当我了悟到这些,豁然感受到生活的自在和美好。忆僮决定,坚定践行“自在舞动真实生命”之路! Simone,你真的好棒,请接受忆僮——你的第一批中国学员崇高的敬意和诚挚的感激!忆僮还想告诉你,像我这样被痛苦紧锁着的中国心灵需要你,愿你享受此行,更期待你能常常回来! 此刻,很多的爱拥抱着我并流向你......


Dear Simone,
The airplane glides on the runway of Lanzhou Airport. I suddenly feel a strong connection with you, and have the impulse to hug you tightly right now and tell you that Yitong loves you very very much. This happens rarely in the past 48 years of my life. In the past 4 days, your deep care to everyone is still fresh in my mind. You were not teaching by brain; rather, you devoted your entire body, heart and life to feel everyone, to help everyone and to love everyone. Thanks to the Divine to send such an angel to China, to me. Not only did I understand and receive dance therapy, but also witnessed a live model who truly lives simultaneously what she teaches. Such witness clearly delivered this message to me: dance therapy is not only study and healing, but is more life! Dance is life! When I figured this out, all of the sudden I felt the freedom and the beauty of life. Yitong decides to firmly follow the practice of "dance freely, live authentically". Simone, you are really great. Please accept the deep respect and sincere appreciation from Yitong - your first group of Chinese students! Yitong also wants to tell you, a Chinese soul like me, that is closely locked by pain, needs you. I hope you enjoyed this trip, and more strongly, I hope you can come back more often. At this moment, lots of love is embracing me and is flowing to you......


Rosy Ghijsens
Psychiatrist at De Wende - GGzE in the Netherlands
I have experienced Simone Kleinlooh as a passionate dance movement therapist. Through her movement and body observations in close collaboration with her clients, their deepest interpersonal and intra-psychological conflicts are being touched. This evokes a process of change that helps to contribute to structural changes with regard to the way one performs in life.


WORKSHOP
Male:
The introductory workshop: ‘Dance, How? What? Why?’ brought me in contact with Simone Kleinlooh. I thought it to be quite exciting to participate, but found it challenging as well. Simone succeeded quickly in removing the tension and to keep the workshop challenging. In my view, she is both serious and playful, someone who teaches structured and has the ability to improvise quickly, dance beautifully and creatively, while at the same time being able to phrase the importance of dancing. What I remember the most is her passion for dancing and her wish and ability to share that pleasure with everyone.


DANCE THERAPY
Dancer:
Over the past years, I have been working intensively with a variety of dance styles in which it’s important to learn choreographies and to control techniques. As a dancer, I kept running into my personal blockages, and I was unable to bring expression and feeling to my dancing. Besides that, I had fear of failure and performance anxiety, while at the same time I wanted to develop my dancing and take it on stage. At a certain point, something in me snapped and instead of putting it off and thinking, “it will pass eventually”, I wanted to solve it immediately. The first session at Simone was the result. The sessions confronted me with my blockages and that where they stem from, even if I wasn’t always able to name them. At Simone you are allowed to talk, but you don’t have to. This felt both good and safe for me; I didn’t have to talk, since my body spoke for me. I was able to solve my problems through dancing, my biggest passion. Simone makes you feel secure, she can shift gear easily when it comes to her methods, and she is confronting in a gentle manner, which therefore reached me. Since I discovered new possibilities during the sessions, it was a very pleasant form of therapy. Simone has a good eye for your posture and she provides you with a range of possibilities. Thanks to these facets it was possible for me to solve many issues in a relatively short amount of time. There are things in life of which you think “I shouldn’t have postponed this, I wish I had done this 5 years earlier”; and just that is the feeling that I get when thinking back to the dance therapy/coaching from Simone.

 

SUPERVISION
Carolina 49 years, bodily focused coaching and dance improvisation.
“Simone coaches from equality, respect and professionalism. Her supervision was a good combination of depth in the field and my own, personal, themes.”

 

DANCE THERAPY
Woman, 28 years:
When I started dance therapy at Simone, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. I already participated in some therapies, but I was never really satisfied; they didn’t produce that what I needed and I was quite able to mislead everyone with my words. Until I started visiting Simone. Simone looks right through you, listens carefully and determines then which exercises are best suited for you to process things, bring up emotions, etc. I found the exercises to be very confronting and couldn’t dodge myself any longer. I had to deal with the things that were bothering me. This was really the result of the exercises I did one-on-one with her. It wasn’t sitting in a chair and talking no it was acting! Experiencing and go so far that it wasn’t possible to hide any longer that is what makes dance therapy so great, the combination of talk and practice, looking at your own body and how your body responds to things.Until today I often think back of the therapy, which ended a couple of years ago. I came out stronger and I’m profiting of it till present day!


DANCE THERAPY
Male, 46 years:
The dance therapy I had has moved me both literally and figuratively. I had the need to learn to “be” with more confidence. Also, I wanted to work on the connection between my head, heart, being in touch with my feelings. For me, the challenge lied to safely leave my mind. Through her judgmental-free attitude, Simone has given me a huge push in the right direction. I experienced the focused exercises, the connecting with what I needed, the confronting, the coaching and the sincere interest for my development as very pleasant. Of course it was difficult at times, but thanks to the safe and trusted environment I dared to start with the process. In my busy existence in the corporate industry, these experiences and exercises serve as a frame of reference on which I can fall back. As a result of the dance therapy, I was able to move my inner self. Simone stimulated me to form this further in practice.

DANCE THERAPY
Male:
By now I have found several steps for myself, which are part of coming home to myself; to make and give space, sensing & listening, let feelings find her way. For me, a successful homecoming expresses itself by on the one side losing something discomforting, and at the other side finding new meaning. At Simone I found the space to extricate the physical start of this homecoming, to taste it, to give it a solid basis. In a process “Such as” from Judith Herzberg with “not being alert” and “tracing back to the trail of meaning”. And, if you accurately read this review, then you must have noticed that many of my current steps come from Simone’s work. Duly noted.


WORKSHOPS METHODICAL DANCE THERAPY
Women:
I thought the class last Monday was amazing! Why? I think Simone is substantively strong and she translates very well to practice by having us experience the exercises. She asks questions, which make us think and thanks to which the answers stick much better. Her classes are feisty and she knows how to be present and at the same time gives us space to experience, identify and reflect. For me, this is how the practice of dance therapy becomes concrete. WORKSHOPS METHODICAL DANCE THERAPY
Excellent and inspiring; immediate recognition in practice. A lot of efficient information during one day; a great mix of theory and practice. Lots of attention for therapeutic posture. Inspiring applicability.

COMPANY IN MOVEMENT
I organize teambuilding and promotional events for companies, during which is worked with several disciplines to realize an end-presentation. As such, Simone is the first one who I asked for dance/movement. She thinks with you right from the start and succeeds every time to bring a great variety of participants to move, with both pleasure and conviction. As a teacher, she is efficient; as a colleague much wanted.

SUPERVISION
During the year I did my internship as a dance movement therapist, I visited you twice a month for supervision. During our first meeting you knew how to reach exactly those sensitive spots, which are so concise for me, and to get these clear; offering me new insights. Imperative to be able to work as a therapist. You saw it and you knew that I was strong enough to touch these facets of my being. A “straight forward” approach… we all need at times, but my feeling is that you knew so well how to sense when someone either needed a shoulder or the right words to give someone a push in the right direction. As a supervisor, you combined verbal advice with theoretical mapping and you gave non-verbal interventions when necessary. Your coaching was a valuable support for me, the helping hand to find my blind spots, the securing glances to be able to work fully as a dance movement therapist, and to graduate. Thank you so much Simone and good luck with this wonderful offer and project. Rosalie Verté.