Connie Bergstein Dow grew up in Cincinnati, went to Denison University, and received her MFA degree in Dance from the University of Michigan. She had a professional performing career in contemporary dance and ballet for twelve years, which took her from Michigan (Harbinger Dance Company), to Venezuela (Macrodanza), Guatemala (Ballet Nacional de Guatemala) and ﬁnally back to Cincinnati (Contemporary Dance Theater). She has taught dance in colleges,
conservatories, studios, and public and private schools; she has taught students who are having their ﬁrst dance experience at three years old, senior citizens in wheelchairs, and every age in between. Three years ago, she founded a dance program called Healing Through Movement at a safe shelter for trafﬁcked women.
Connie has written books and articles about dance and movement, including the picture book From A to Z with Energy! (Free Spirit Publishing, 2019). She has written two books for teachers, Dance, Turn, Hop, Learn! Enriching Movement Activities for Preschoolers, (Redleaf Press, 2006), and One, Two, What Can I Do? Dance and Music for the Whole Day (Redleaf Press, 2011). She also writes articles for magazines and journals, and verses for Highlights magazines.
She shares her passion for dance by writing, visiting schools and libraries, and offering movement workshops to early childhood professionals. She feels strongly that dance and the other arts are essential and transformational forces in our lives.