Dr. Suzi Tortora


Dr. Tortora is a board certified dance movement therapist, Laban Nonverbal Movement Analyst, and specialist in the field of infancy mental health and development. Her expertise in early childhood development and the importance of early relationships inform her psychotherapeutic work across the life span. Dr. Tortora has a private dance movement psychotherapy practice, in New York City and Cold Spring-on-the-Hudson, New York. Dr. Tortora offers training programs and lectures about her dance therapy and nonverbal video analysis work with infants, children and families, at national and international professional meetings and universities.

She is on the board of the New York Zero-to-Three Network.

Dr Tortora has been featured on “Good Morning America” and Eyewitness Five-O’Clock News, WABC –TV; Women’s Day magazine; highlighted in Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker article and book titled What the Dog Saw and other adventures; has published numerous papers about her therapeutic and nonverbal communication analysis work with children, parent-infant dyads, and Autism Spectrum Disorders; has twice been guest editor of the Zero to Three Journal; and has a book with Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company titled The Dancing Dialogue: Using the Communicative Power of Movement with Young Children.

Dr. Tortora graduated with honors from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development Tufts University specializing in child development, education and psychology; received her dance movement therapy masters degree at New York University; and her doctorate with a specialization in infancy/early childhood development, psychology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

She has done extensive study and training in the field of infancy and early childhood research, development, education, communication and intervention through the Zero to Three Institute and Dr. Stanley Greenspan. She has studied Authentic Movement with Janet Adler & Body-Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Dr Tortora is also a certified Laban Movement Analyst, and Kestenberg Movement Profiler.

Suzi practices at both the Cold Spring and New York City offices.

More with Dr. Suzi Tortora, ED.D., BC-DMT, C.M.A., LCAT, LMHC

Current Offerings

Lullaby Dance Project

In honor of Infant Mental Health Week... Rock with Me! Babies From Around the World Lead the Dance! presents a Dancing Dialogue of attuned connection based on the Embodied Parenting Program developed by Dr. Suzi Tortora.

Press Release March 2012; June 2014; December 2015

Thank you for your interest and support in participating in my Lullaby Dance Project video filming. I conceived of The Lullaby Dance Project over these last few years while I have been conducting international trainings of my Ways of Seeing program. The Ways of Seeing program provides a variety of curriculums to support infants, children and their families from wellness to educational and private therapeutic services using music, dance, movement, and play activities. The Ways of Seeing philosophy is based on the principles of infant mental health, early childhood development and education, dance movement psychotherapy, authentic movement practice and Laban nonverbal movement analysis.

In these trainings I teach how to use dance, movement, music, songs and play to help a parent bond to their baby or young child. These dances songs both strengthen the growing attachment relationship and help the parent learn how to read their child's nonverbal cues.

A wonderful thing has happened in the different countries I have traveled in as I teach the Ways of Seeing method. My students have begun to teach me their favorite lullabies and playful dancing songs and games that are classic and contemporary from their own culture and country as well as the personal dances, songs and games they have created with their children uniquely within their own families.  I am learning a wonderful variety of dances and songs from different cultures. They may be used to calm and help their children to fall asleep as well as playful dance games to engage them.  It has become a lovely exchange. I am now starting to collect these songs, dances and playful games through videotape.

My goal in collecting these dances, songs and games is to create a body of work that documents the important role of nonverbal communication/nonverbal cues, dance, movement, song, and playful games in the developing parent -child relationship. I hope to be able to use this video footage to create a cross-cultural library for study, research and publication. 

Who I am: Dr, Suzi Tortora is a dance movement psychotherapist, Laban Movement Analyst, infancy mental health specialist, published author and international lecturer. She is the director and founder of Dancing Dialogue Healing & Expressive Arts PLLC - A center for movement, music and dance- based arts that support healing and self- expression.

Thank you again for participate in this video filming and agreeing to sign the consent form provided. 

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