The Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australia is the professional body for practitioners, students, researchers and others interested in Dance-Movement Therapy".
Links to their websites: www. dtaa.org.au
Dance therapists can address specific problems in specific ways. For example, to help a client reduce stress, a dance therapist would first identify how the person's body reacts to stress, and then explore specific movement techniques to increase circulation, deepen breathing, and reduce muscle tension. Moving as a group can bring people out of isolation, creates powerful social and emotional bonds, and generates the good feelings that come from being with others. Moving rhythmically eases muscular rigidity, diminishes anxiety, and increases energy. Moving spontaneously helps people learn to recognize and trust their impulses, and to act on or contain them as they choose (Hanna 1995). 'Moving creatively encourages self-expression and opens up new ways of thinking and doing'. Different dance therapists have different styles, but you need absolutely no previous dance training to benefit from dance therapy. Most therapists stress on creative movement that helps a person to know within himself and in time reach out to others. People develop the power to express themselves, their creative process improves and they feel confident (Cruz, 2004).
Who benefits from participation in individual and group Dance/Movement Therapy
People from any background who are interested in creative approaches to healing themselves
Anyone who has interpersonal communication and/or emotional problems.
School children at risk
People with AIDS
The trans-formative power of this work is profoundly connected to the creative source of therapy, artistry and our humanity.Therapists will have an opportunity to gain an embodied understanding of the somatic intricacies in the therapeutic relationship. Artists will have an opportunity to move through old patterns, and to reconnect with the lifeblood of their own aesthetic impulse.Educators may replenish by returning to the wisdom of the body, as our original text.Those who seek will have an opportunity to embody questions of the spirit' (Levy, 1995, Chodorow 1991).
"The symbols of the self arise in the depths of the body." - C.G. Jung