Profile Type: Creative Business
Creative Business
Horsechestnut Winds™: Arts and Learning thru Movement

Rewrite 9/18/17
I am Rebecca R Burrill, Ed.D–dancer, artistic director/choreographer, movement-based child developmentalist, and educator.

I am a self-producing artist. I work with communities and site-specific dance-based arts. To this work there is inherent a facet of human-relationship-with-Nature embedded in non-verbal languaging, movement and art making—a form of site-specific, ecological art. At this time I am working alone, but can and have work with an impromptu company of dancers. Performance is ceremonial in intent dealing in relationship with community and place.

I am also am a dance based story-teller and integrate solo performance accompanied by improvisational musician with workshop-performance with and by audience members.

I have a Doctorate in Education focusing on brain evolution, child development, art making, learning, and literacy. My Masters work focused on creative process and dance. I am Massachusetts Certified in Elementary Education and Professional Development Providing. I am a trained Observer and Notator of movement-language in the Kestenberg Movement Dance Therapy System. I have trained in the mind-body integrative and repatterning systems of Educational Kinesiology and Rhythmic Movement Training (primitive and postural reflexes).

I trace the evolution of human intelligence back to primal people’s relationship with Nature, a relationship that was instrumental in the development of language and art making. With these understandings I seek to renew human engagement with the primary creative intelligences of movement, sound, feeling, imagination, and ecological conscious and their natural healing, developmental, and aesthetic capacities.

I am founder and director of Horsechestnut Winds™: Arts and Learning thru Movement—an educational organization dedicated to advocating for the expression and cultivation of natural learning founded in evolutionary and developmental processes; and providing programing such as Arts with Literacy Integration™, and Languages of Nature Languages of Arts™. I work with people of all ages and have published many articles and made two video documentaries concerning my work, which can be found on my website:

My Fees are variable and tailored to specific community, site, and event. If applying an hourly rate: Minimum: $35/hour; Maximum: $100/hour

Find Me On …

Additional Links: 
Sea Fronds: The theme of Sea Fronds is taken from an essay “Wave and Cliff” by Naturalist E. L. G. Watson
Dancing the Dunes: A video documentary of a solo performance of story, poetry and dance about a two week stay in a rustic dune shack and immersion in the sensory communications of the natural surround
Dancing our Kinship with Animate Earth: Tracing the relationships between movement, non-verbal languaging, aesthetic intelligence and human relationship with Nature
Movement, Art, and Child Development through the Lens of an Innovative Use of the Kestenberg Movement Profile
The Primacy of Movement in Art Making
Natural Biology vs. Cultural Structures: Art and Child Development in Education
Wood and Arts Project: A video documentary concerning the honoring of cut trees at an historical landscape restoration. The intent, through art, is to express empathetic human relationship with Nature.

I Have Worked With

  • June 2016

    Participated in Fleet Moves Dance Festival 2016 as teacher, collaborator, and choreographer and performer of site-specific dance piece—Tidal Harmonics. Wellfleet MA.

  • July 2015

    Participated in Fleet Moves Dance Festival 2015 as teacher, collaborator, Choreographer and performer of community based, site-specific dance piece—With Pond. Wellfleet MA

  • May 2015

    Performed a solo dance piece—Dancing the Dunes—for APPEARANCES 2015: Fifth Annual Provincetown Green Arts Festival, place-based ecological performance.


  • Creative Business

Contact Information

First Name: 
Rebecca R.
Job Title/Position: 
Physical Address: 
115C Sisson Rd
Harwich Port, MA 02646
Last Name: 
508 237 0217


Profile Type: 
Creative Business
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Humanities - Anthropology
Humanities - Linguistics
Literary Arts - Poetry
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Theater - Children's
Theater - Storytelling
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Native American Tribes
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Fleet Moves Dance Festival (
The Movement Party (
Cape Cod Theatre Company (
Massachusetts Professional Development Provider--Arts (Provider number is S2016013)
Cape Cod Community Media Center--Producer (
Wellfleet Preservation Hall (
Lesley University, Adjunct & Continuing Ed Professor 2001, 2011
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education/Integrated Day Massachusetts State Certification till 2019: Elementary 1-6
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Masters of Education: Creative Process/Dance
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Doctoral of Education: Movement Analysis Applied (Kestenberg Movement Profile) to the Investigation of Creative Process in Learning through Focus in the Arts/Dance

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
This varies considerably depending upon community and circumstances I am working with, but with site specific performance (with or without live musician), there are very little technical needs.
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Health
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Massachusetts Elementary Teacher
Masters in Creative Process & Dance
Doctorate in Movement Analysis (KMP) Applied to the Investigation of Creative Process in Learning through Focus in the Arts/Dance
Kestenberg Movement Profile Training, Antioch New England
Rhythmic Movement Training levels I , II & III at The Kinesiology Connection
Heal the Child Program training—Educational Kinesiology/Rhythmic Movement
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