Barbara E Nordstrom-Loeb

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Theatre Arts and Dance
111 Barker Center

500 - 21st Ave South


Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb MA, MFA, BC-DMT, LMFT, CMA, PWAssoc, SEP, Ways of Seeing Practitioner, is passionate about the diverse and multicultural ways that embodied expression and creativity promote healing and transformation. She teaches at the University of Minnesota, directs and teaches alternate route dance/movement therapy courses in Minnesota and has a private practice specializing in identity, life transitions, and developmental/complex trauma. Internationally, she has taught dance/movement therapy in Vilnius, Lithuania (1997); developed programming and taught DMT at Tallinn University in Estonia as a Fulbright Scholar (2011), led DMT workshops in Latvia and Finland; and has led DMT workshops in Seoul, S. Korea. She currently teaches in China and Hong Kong through the Inspirees Institute of Creative Arts Therapy (2014-present) and at Hong Kong University (2019-present). She also has extensive diversity expertise and multicultural experience. She has also been involved in multiple interfaith dialogues and healing related to racism, diversity, difference and peace-making.

In the USA, she has shared her excitement about DMT through workshops, classes and professional conference presentations. She was also invited to be a keynote speaker at the 2016 “Moving Circle: Dance and Movement Therapy Conference” in Hong Kong, where she was a keynote speaker and workshop presenter on using dance movement therapy with patients with dementia.

She was chair of the ADTA Project 2016-Alternate Route Working Group (2013) to assess and strengthen alternate route training. This led to the creation of the Alternate Route Educators Subcommittee (ARES), of which she is currently the out-going chair. She has also been a team leader on the Subcommittee for the Approval of Alternate Route Courses (SAARC) (2011-2014), and also received the ADTA’s Outstanding Educator award in 2017. Currently she is a member of the Dance/Movement Therapy Credentials Board as the Compliance Coordinator for Continuing Education and Ethics complaints.

Barbara has published on DMT and somatic trauma approaches to working with people diagnosed with Eating Disorders, integrating DMT programming within long term care facilities, and the development of DMT in Estonia.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Master of Fine Arts: Dance, Temple University , Philadelphia PA, 1985.
  • Master of Arts: Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2008.
  • BA in Studio Art ; Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 1972: .

Curriculum Vitae


  • Dance/Movement Therapy/Embodied Healing
  • Somatic Studies
  • Laban Movement Analysis/Movement Observation
  • Creativity
  • Creative and Expressive Movement Therapies
  • Non-verbal Multicultural Diversity
Courses Taught
  • DNCE 3334/5334: Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy
  • DNCE: Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis
  • CSPH 5555: Introduction to Body and Movement-based Therapies
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Compliance Coordinator- Dance/Movement Therapy Credentials Board: (2015-present)
  • Chair - ADTA Alternate Route Educator’s Subcommittee (ARES) : (2014-2017)
  • Chair-ADTA Project 2016-Alternate Route: Led a working group to assess and strengthen Alternate Route Training , (2013)
  • Team Lead/member-Subcommittee for the Approval of Alternate Route : (2011 - 2014)
  • Founder and Executive Board member of Minnesota Creative Arts Therapists’ Association (MCATA) : (2007 - present)


  • ADTA Outstanding Educator Award : 2017
  • Fulbright Scholars Grant: University of Tallinn, Tallinn Estonia.: (Feb-June 2011)


  • L'An: Six Characters in Search of Israel's Future: play, 1994 - 1996
  • Nordstrom-Loeb, B. E (2015). Beyond Words- Listening to the Body. In A Heiderscheit (Ed.), Creative arts therapies and clients with eating disorders. London & Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Nordstrom-Loeb, B. E., The Emergence of Dance/Movement Therapy in Estonia, The arts in psychotherapy (2010), doi:10.1016/j.aip.2012.04.004
  • Nordstrom-Loeb, B., Larson, K., & Webb, W. (1999). “I like this group… because it come from the heart…”: Programming with dance/movement therapy and music therapy in long term care facilities. Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Foundation
  • Nordstrom-Loeb, B. (author, director) (2004). L’An: Six Characters in Search of Israel’s Future. Minneapolis, Minnesota.