Expressive Movement Facilitator Certificate (1 Year)

Become an Expressive Movement Facilitator!

In this training we explore expressive movement, dance and embodiment through a developmental, physical , social-emotional, relational and community development lens. Learn how to use dance, movement and somatic embodiment practices in a range of applications for different ages, needs and facilitation goals. Whether you are a yoga, dance or movement teacher/facilitator, therapist, or healthcare professional this professional development training provides tools and skills to quickly and with skill integrate into your practice. Expressive Movement engages creativity to support people to connect with and bring their inner world into outer form and into connection with others. This is a Wellness practice that engages body awareness and movement in order to increase self-understanding, embodiment and connection.

What we offer: 

  •  A one year 200 hour training with an Expressive Movement Facilitator Certificate from The Movement Arc (Non-Clinical), with the option of adding another 50 hours for credentialing in 2024.
  • 1/1 Support from instructors to help you apply curricula to your practice
  • Connection to a global community of Expressive Movement Facilitators

What you will gain from this training is knowledge and skills in:  

  • The Movement Arc 7-Stage Expressive Movement facilitation process
  • Understanding movement’s important role in human development through the life-span
  • Experiencing the natural intelligence of the Body-Mind including exploration of the body systems and developmental movement patterning and progressions
  • Facilitating expressive movement for children, teens, adults, and elders
  • Facilitating movement explorations for individuals and groups
  • Introductory Movement Observation using  Laban/Bartenieff principles
  • Deepening your own embodiment and movement “repertoire”
  • Understanding processes and portals for embodiment practice
  • Understanding and utilizing a Somatic approach to movement
  • Using dance for rites of passage, ceremony and ritual 
  • Embodiment for self regulation and self-care
  • Trauma informed practices and awareness
  • How to bring expressive movement into different environments (community centres, seniors homes, classrooms, and hospitals)
  • Engaging different abilities and developmental differences 
  • Cross-cultural considerations, ethics and being in right relationship to power and privilege
Applicant criteria

  • Have professional experience and training working with people in community, ideally in some kind of professional practice, ie. teaching/instructing dance, yoga or movement arts, community outreach, therapy or other healthcare modalities.
  • Are emotionally mature enough to do well in a group learning environment, and able to apply Expressive Movement Facilitation and somatic skills to your own professional role.
  • Have a background in dance, yoga, expressive movement, somatic or other movement arts.
  • Have time and energy to commit to this full year Certificate program.

Admissions process

  1. We recommend all students applying to this program have taken our introductory workshop Dipping Your Toes In as a way for instructors and students to meet and get to know each other through movement.

    Next workshop: Saturday, November 19, 2022 10:00am to 3:30pm Pacific Standard Time (Online)


  2. Students are asked to submit a short letter of intent that includes information about their current work and background in somatic movement or dance or yoga. Due with deposit before or by November 15th.
  3. Submission of a short 2-3 minutes video of a dynamic dance created and performed by you. We suggest the dance be an expression of your interest and passion for movement/dance and working with people. Due before or by November 15th.
  4. To be followed by a 30 minute conversation with a faculty member by phone or Zoom to confirm enrollment and answer any questions the student may have.

Contact Us

All questions and application submissions can be sent to:

Melissa Flagg, Administrative Coordinator


What is involved in this 200 hour training

160 hours of training hours combining in person and online classes in the following courses:  

* Courses include synchronous and asynchronous learning time 

40 hours of Self-Directed Study which must include:  

  1. 6 sessions with a somatic movement practitioner (6hrs minimum) *we will  provide a list of possibilities in the Vancouver area and you can always look for someone local to your own area (students pay fees directly to the practitioner) 
  2. Community based projects, including group facilitation and individual sessions *we  recommend students facilitate 6 individual and 6 group sessions (12hrs minimum)
  3. Embodiment classes – exposure to a range of facilitation and modalities in  somatic and expressive movement and dance (16hrs minimum) *we will provide a list of  recommended classes in the Vancouver area or you can choose from your own community’s available classes either in person or online (students pay fees directly to the instructors)
  4. 6 hours of consulting time with Movement Arc instructors (no charge, included in fees)

Additional expectations:  

  1. Students need to explore 2-3 different dance styles in classes online or in their community over the course of the program duration
  2. Students will need to purchase 2 textbooks, approximate cost is $100.00 (but can vary due to inflation).
  3. Students will have required readings (often provided if articles) that it is highly encouraged to read and supplemental readings that are by choice.
  4. Students will prepare and present a 10 minute oral presentation about applying The Movement Arc’s Expressive Movement  Facilitation within their community or for an individual case study (during November).

**In-person courses are dependent on COVID safety protocols; if we cannot meet in person we will meet online. We may request mask wearing and daily Covid home testing in order to participate in person. We honour medical exemptions.

***Students are expected to attend intensives in person. We are not able to accommodate hybrid learning by filming the intensives. If you were to miss an intensive due to illness or other emergency, you would be welcome to attend the following year’s in person intensive and would receive your Certificate after all coursework is completed.

Tuition fees for 2024

Total year’s tuition: $4880 + $244 (5%GST) = $5124.00 CDN

Quarterly Payment Plan $916 Deposit + 5% GST
4 payments of $976 + 5% GST

PaymentRegular Amount after depositDue Date
1$976 (PLUS 5% GST tax)1 month after deposit
2$976 (PLUS 5% GST tax)Every 3 months
3$976 (PLUS 5% GST tax)Every 3 months
4$976 (PLUS 5% GST tax)Every 3 months

Early Bird Discount

Pay the full tuition before November 5th, 2023 and receive a discount of $100.
Discounted tuition: $4780 + $239 (5% GST) = $5019.00


Students are invited to register once they have applied and been accepted into the Certificate Program.

A $976 deposit* plus 5% GST is required to register, and is due once accepted into program (deposit is 20% of total)

Deposits and Tuition can be paid through the website or Etransfers can be made to

*Deposits are non-refundable (please review our policy). In case of severe illness or emergency, deposits can be held and put towards courses for 1 additional year.

2024 Training Schedule

In Person Training Component: 

200 hour program includes two 6-day in person intensives in Vancouver  which are 84 hrs total in-person teaching, plus 24 hours asynchronous assignments (1hr per class), plus online classes by Zoom (and asynchronous assignments.

  • March 24, 25, 26 (27 is rest/off), 28, 29, 30, 2024 (@Ukrainian Hall, Vancouver, BC): 6 days: 42hours, 9am-12:30pm & 1:30- 5pm (7hr days) Pacific Time Zone

  • July 6,7,8 (9 is rest/off), 10,11,12, 2024 (@Ukrainian Hall, Vancouver BC): 42hrs, 6 days, 9am-12:30pm – 1:30-5pm (7 hour days)

    (250 hours program adds an additional 3rd intensive during July 16-23, for 50 hours of training towards somatic movement credentialing).

    250 hour program ~ 44 hours in person training, plus 6 hours asynchronous assignments.

    If choosing to do the additional 50 hours of training for further credentialing (TBA); there will be an additional in person intensive July 16 (2hours only from 7-9pm) plus July 17, 18, 19 and 21, 22, 23, 2024 (@ Saltspring Island, BC, a 2hr ferry ride from Vancouver ) from 9am-12:30pm and 1:30-5pm. Please inquire if this interests you to attend. This 3rd intensive is residential, with meals and accommodations included in fees (these fees are additional to the 200hour program fees).

Online Training Component: Zoom classes (with Asynchronous Assignment time at one hour per class/week) – 74 Hrs total (both the 200 and 250 hour program students complete these same classes)

  • Online classes live via Zoom: generally take place on Fridays from 12:30-3pm weekly (all classes are recorded for make-up if a class has to be missed).    Dates are: Feb 9, 16, 23.  March 1, 8, 15. April 12, 19, 26. May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. June 7, 14, 21.  Sept 6. November 8, 15.

Winter 2024 

Introductory Meeting 

Ethics and Cultural Sensitivity 

Trauma-Informed Practices

Online classes through Zoom:

February 9,  16, 23  

March 1, 8, 15 


PacificTime Zone

Asynchronous Learning Assignments (to schedule time for weekly at approx 1hr per week): total of 6hrs

Spring 2024

Foundations of Expressive Movement Facilitation  

Human Movement Experiencing & Observation: From the framework of Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies.

In person classes: Vancouver, BC:

March 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30: 

9am-12:30 and 1:30-5pm 

(no class on March 27: free day to integrate, rest)

Pacific Time Zone

(This is non-residential, students take care of their own travels and accommodations and food)

Asynchronous Learning Assignments: 12hrs for Intensive (1hr per class): can be completed pre or post intensive.

Online classes through Zoom: 

April 12, 19, 26 

& May 3, 10, 17, 24 

June 7, 14, 21


Pacific Time Zone

Asynchronous Learning Assignments (to schedule time for weekly at approx 1hr per week): total of 10 hours

Summer 2024

Moving with Infants, Children and Youth

Moving with Adults & Elders

EMF Group Skills

In person classes: Vancouver BC 

July 6, 7, 8 & 10, 11, 12: 

9am-12:30pm & 1:30-5pm 

(no class on July 9th free day to integrate and rest)


Pacific Time Zone

Asynchronous Learning Assignments: 12hrs for Intensive (1hr per class): can be completed pre or post intensive.

In person classes (3rd intensive): on Saltspring Island, BC (optional)

(This is Residential: accommodations and food are all included in the 250 hour program fees, but not travel to and from the island)

July 16: 7-9pm

July 17, 18, 19 & 21, 22, 23 hours are 9am-12:30pm & 1:30-5pm

Pacific Time Zone

Asynchronous Learning Assignments: 12hrs for Intensive (approx 1hr per class): can be completed pre or post intensive.

August is a month for integration and planning for your Community projects for fall.

Fall 2023

During Sept and Oct: Students are leading and completing their 1/1 and/or group classes/sessions in their own communities; with 1/1 support calls scheduled with instructors and connection with peers)

Somatic Movement Professional Ethics seminar (Sept 6)

Community Based Projects Seminar (and presentations) takes place during November

Online classes through Zoom: 

September 6 

 November 8, 15 


Pacific Time Zone

Asynchronous Learning Assignments (to schedule time for weekly at 1hr per week): total of 3hrs

1/1 Final calls with Instructors in from November 15-28

Closure of course by Nov 30, with all assignments due by Nov 30, 2024: 

Program Completion Certificates sent by Dec 15.



Amanda Peñaloza-Banks, CMA-SP, RSME

Dr. Charné Furcron, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, MAC, BCC, ACS, CPCS

Hana Kamea Kemble, MA, RCC, BC-DMT, CLMA

Veronica Berezowsky, RCC, MA-DMT, RSMT

~ With the potential for invited guest teachers in the additional 50hours 3rd intensive (for 250 hour program) specializing in different aspects of somatic facilitation.

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