Linda McDonald, a three time cancer survivor, began her career developing dance and movement classes for children that resulted in improved learning and retention. Ms. McDonald graduated from Centenary College, Rollins College, and Dance Educators of America. She was a charter member of the American Dance Therapy Association. She has taught all levels from pre-school through college and has worked with deaf, blind, mentally and physically disabled, prisoners, senior adults and cancer survivors.
Ms. McDonald designs innovative programs that combine her educational and dance experience. She conducts workshops and clinics for various professional, business, educational, and service organizations: such as the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, AARP, National Endowment for the Arts, Association for the Education of Young Children, Department of Corrections, Dance Educators of America, American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, National Parent Teachers Association, Parrish Nurses Association, National Arthritis Foundation, YMCA, Presbyterian Church, International Senior Theater, The Wellness Community, Moffitt Cancer Center, IBM, Coca-Cola, General Foods and others.
As an educator and dancer, Ms. McDonald believes movement is basic to life. “Even before birth we had movement.” She developed and implemented various movement education techniques. One of the main premises behind the movement education program is the “Every Child is a Winner” philosophy. Her programs are designed so children compete with themselves and not each other. Many of her methods utilize tools such as hula-hoops, ropes, parachutes, balls, and scarves. She was a faculty member at Goucher College, Kennesaw College, North Georgia College, and Oklahoma State University. Ms. McDonald released two educational records and created a public service film and booklet.
Ms. McDonald’s interests have turned to using her talents to meet the needs of senior adults, cancer patients, and medically challenged. She was a US delegate to the World Health Organization Congress on Aging, Physical Activity, and Sports in Heidelberg, Germany. She served as a US representative on an international delegation to Red China for dance and dance education. Rotary International invited her to serve on a Group Study Exchange to Korea. She worked with the senior theater. As a certified Healthy Steps/LeBed trainer she is teaching the medically based therapeutic exercise program that is used in over 800 hospitals and centers in the US and fourteen countries.
Ms. McDonald is available for consultation and will assist in developing partnerships and coalitions utilizing therapeutic exercise, fitness, dance and movement education programs. She may be contacted at (941) 346-2206.
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