Whether it's slithering across a gym floor with kindergartners exploring the movement of worms, coaching fifth grade social studies classes in creating choreography about the experiences of immigrants in the early 20th century, leading a group of social workers on retreat in finding their voices through creative movement and drama, doing an improvised waltz in the activity room of a day program with a wheelchair-bound senior, or teaching the steps of a traditional Appalachian dance to a roomful of third graders, Loren Freed has been there and danced that!
For twenty-five years, Loren's broad experience in sharing movement with a wide range of populations has placed her in settings as diverse as early childhood centers, programs for individuals with special needs (including those living with visual or hearing impairments, developmental delays, and physical handicaps), public and private schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, dance and yoga studios, professional conferences, libraries, museums, church groups, the YMCA, scout troops, senior centers, and residential treatment facilities. She has presented inservice training workshops in creative movement for social workers, City Year staff, community leaders, and teachers from preschool to high school, and has mentored teachers in incorporating arts integration approaches in their classrooms.
Loren holds a Master's degree in early childhood and elementary education and teacher certification in K -- 6 classroom and K -- 12 Dance, is a certified children's yoga instructor through the Radiant Child Yoga Program, received non-formal certification as an Environmental Educator from the Kentucky Environmental Education Council, and holds Yoga Alliance certification (RYT-200) as a professional yoga instructor. She trained with the DANCEABILITY Project to bring creative movement and dance experiences to adults and children living with disabilities, and worked with Very Special Arts to provide programming in day treatment centers and residential homes.
Loren is on the teaching artist rosters of the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission, and has also served with the Mountain Arts Program, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Health Promotion Schools of Excellence. Over the last several decades, she has had the privilege of sharing the joy of movement with people of all ages, stages, and conditions of life. She is a native of Queens, New York, and has lived in Nashville, Tennessee since 2012.