Serving Survivors

Healing trauma through dance and movement - a partnership with Rethreaded

Jacksonville Dance Theatre amplifies its mission and purpose through its outreach efforts and by acknowledging who we are and who we serve. JDT knows that our bodies are the locus of our lived experiences and hold our memories, traumas, and everyday exposures to the challenges of public and private life. Utilizing the curative, body-awareness building aspects of dance and the movement arts, JDT executes meaningful, trauma-informed care workshops to women empowered and employed by Rethreaded - a local organization providing second chances at life through employment for survivors of human trafficking in Jacksonville, Florida.

Photo credit: Rethreaded

Photo credit: Rethreaded

These survivors are being exposed to quality programming and a loving space, and are being offered time to look inward and explore areas of their life that were once stolen. Each session varies slightly but the themes remain consistent from week to week in terms of therapeutic benefit. What is always present are components of restoration, redemption, connection, awareness, mind-body connection, integration, and a healing space. Rethreaded is tremendously grateful for the partnership that exists and is tremendously grateful to have been on the receiving end of the programming offered by Jacksonville Dance Theater.
— Erin Pruett, LMHC Survivor Advocate Program Coordinator, Rethreaded