Giselle Ruzany

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Giselle Ruzany

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Dance, Theatre & Dance Program



Giselle Ruzany Ph.D. is a Brazilian American artist, choreographer, and psychotherapist. She is currently working as a full-time dance professor at the Corcoran School of Arts and Design. She has a master in Somatic Psychology with a concentration in Dance/Movement Therapy from Naropa University, advanced post-graduate certifications in Gestalt Therapy and EMDR, and a Ph.D. in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University. She works through embodied movement research and is interested in how the somatic world informs psychology and dance. She is a published writer and has presented workshops and performed dance works all over the world. Her personal mission is to co-create embodied relational connection through artistic collaboration, promoting equanimity and inclusivity, and being an ally to all nationalities, race, gender, sexual orientation, body ability, and divergence.

For more information about her psychotherapy practice, visit her professional page.


Current Outside Position

  • Licensed professional counselor in private practice (psychotherapist)



  • Upcoming article publication by Gestalt Press, 2018



Royal Ballet Academy, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
BA in Psychology and Dance, The George Washington University
MA in Somatic Psychology with emphasis in Dance/Movement Therapy, Naropa University
Gestalt Therapy Certification, Gestalt Institute of the Rockies
EMDR Certification, Rocky Mountain EMDR Training Institute

Professional Organizations

  • WPA
  • Dance Metro DC
  • AAGT
  • Psychotherapy Networker