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Renate Herberger M.A.L.S., C.C.E.

11120 Rosborough Road
Sidney, B.C. CANADA V8L 5M3
Tel 001-250-656-1312


Renate Herberger is a dancer, dance therapist, dance teacher, musician and mother, with over 40 years music training and practice, and 25 years active dance work in many cultures.

Renate is multi-lingual and multi-cultural. She has lived and worked in Germany, Canada, Mexico and the U.S.A., and has spent extensive study periods in Africa, Haiti and Brazil.

Renate has taught 5 languages, drama, dance and music to children and adults since 1976. She has a wealth of experience and qualifications.

University Education

  • University of Victoria, Victoria BC. 2004 – 2005 Spanish 251 and Spanish 351
    University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC. 2004 Nursing Studies
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown CT. 1979-1983 Master of Arts & Liberal Studies in Movement Studies. Master’s Thesis: Getting to the Heart of Haitian Dance: A Personal Approach. Supervised by Lavinia Williams
  • York University, 1975-1979. B.F.A. with Honours, specializing in creative dance and dance therapy. Teachers included Carol Anderson, Director of Dancemakers, Toronto
  • University of Toronto, 1979. Special student in Ethnomusicology: Performance (Bulgarian Gajda and Folkloric dances and songs) and theory, with Kostadin Varimezov, soloist with the Bulgarian State Orchestra and National Folkloric Ensemble
  • University of Victoria, 1974-1975 pre-medical studies
  • University of Victoria Extension Program, 1974-75 Creative Dance with Moira Morningstar
  • Werdenfels Gymnasium 1972 – 1974 “Abitur” graduation in Classical Studies
  • Other Certificates & Studies
  • 2004 Standard First Aid
  • 2002 CASARA Air Search and Rescue, Navigator and Spotter
  • 2001 SAR Coastal Search and Rescue
  • 1999 TESOL Teacher of English to Speakers of other Languages
  • 1999 White Sail II
  • 1998 Wilderness First Aid and CPR
  • 1998 Maritime Radio Telephone Operator’s Certificate
  • 1998 Hoffman Quadrinity Process
  • 1998 Ecotourism at Camosun College
  • 1997 Ski Patroller Mt. Washington, BC
  • 1995 River Rafting Guide Licence
  • 1991 Jane Middleton-Moz “Children of Trauma” workshop for therapists
  • 1990 Certified Childbirth Educator through Informed Birth and Parenting IH/IBP
  • 1985 Touch for Health Level I Certificate
  • 1983 Middletown, CT. Rape Crisis Centre Counselor Training Program
  • 1982 KOFUTU Touch Healer’s Certificate
  • 1979 O.F.D.T.A. Ontario Folk Dance Teacher’s Certificate
  • Other Teachers
  • Lavinia Williams, Haitian Dance, Dunham Technique 1979 – 1983
  • Loremil Machado, Afro-Brazilian Dance, between 1980 and 1993
  • John Bradshaw, Healing for Recovery, Vancouver 1990
  • Jean-Leon Destiné, Afro-Haitian Dance, between 1979 and 1989
  • Babatunde Olatunji, African Dance, 1988
  • Abraham Adzeniah and Freeman Donkor, Ghanaian Drums and Dance, 1979 to 1984
  • Menakka Thakkar, Bharatanatyam Dance, 1977-78
  • Georges Rodriquez, Haitian Drums and Dance, 1977-79
  • Ghana Dance Ensemble, 1984 and Ocheami, between 1986 and 1993
  • Ballet National du Senegal, with Astou Koumbe and Djonkounda N’diaye, 1984
  • John Higgins, Karnatak Singing, 1975-1978

Related Teaching Experience

  • Professor of Environmental Education, Universidad Michoacana , Mexico, 2006
  • Professor of Modern Languages, Universidad Latina de America, Mexico, 2006
  • Instituto Michoacano de la Mujer, workshops in “cuerpo y autoestima”, 2004

Classes in Dance Therapy / Creative Dance / Afro-Caribbean Dance / Music:

  • University of Victoria, Athletics and Recreation, 1987-current
  • Prague, Czech Republic, “Bridge to the Future”, 1999
  • Saanich Commonwealth Place, Creative and Afro-Caribbean Dance, 1995-1996
  • Cuernavaca, Mexico, “Curacon a travez de la Danza”, 1995
  • Pazquaro, Mexico, “Curacon a travez de la Danza”, 1995
  • Yaounde, Cameroon, Troupe Nationale Folklorique du Cameroun, 1995
  • The Playhouse, Deep Cove, Sidney, B.C., various children’s classes from 1987 to 1991
  • YM/YWCA, Victoria, 1990-91
  • Meridian Holistic Health Centre, Victoria, 1991
  • Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions, Victoria, 1990
  • Healing Exchange, Victoria, 1987 through 1989
  • University of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 1988
  • Canadian Holistic Healing Association, 1987
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts, Harrison, B.C., 1987
  • Creative Contemplative Society, Lund, B.C., 1987
  • University of Victoria, 1987
  • Lincoln Arts Center and Langston Hughes Cultural Centre, Seattle, WA., 1985-87
  • Chinook Healing Center, Whidbey Is., WA, co-teacher with Sam Keen 1985
  • Dance New England, 1980- 85, Founding member of thriving African Dance Program
  • University of Legon, Accra, Ghana, 1984
  • Troupe Nationale Folklorique du Togo, West Africa, 1984
  • Wesleyan University, Teaching Assistant 1981-82
  • Troupe Nationale Folklorique du Haiti, Haiti, 1979
  • Toronto Music Conservatory, 1976-78 – private children’s instruction in piano

Private Practice – Dance Therapy and Kofutu Touch Healing:

Whidbey Island, WA., 1985-87
Deep Cove, Sidney, B.C., 1987- present

Current Teaching:

* Private tutoring in English, German, French and Spanish
Prenatal Education, Deep Cove, B.C., 1990 – present
Women’s Spirituality – an integration of dance therapy, ritual and anthropology / religious history, with dance, song, trance and breath work.
Nature Meditation


30+ years piano; as student and teacher
voice training, international forms of singing and chanting (Sufi, Karnatak, Classical)
Vina and Mrdangam (East Indian Classical string and percussion instruments)
Afro-Caribbean and African drumming


Available on request, from former teachers, students and colleagues.

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