Top Five Dance/Movement Therapy Blog Posts of 2015

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The official American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) Blog has been alive and thriving for one year! To celebrate, we wanted to share our top five posts from 2015 with you! To all who have made this year both possible and successful – the hardworking and dedicated volunteers of the ADTA Public Relations and Blog Committees, ADTA Practice Subcommittee and Standard and Ethics Committee, the ADTA Board, our web design team, all of our incredible authors and contributors, and to our readers – deep heart thanks and sweet dancing wishes! We are grateful! As we move into 2016, we invite you to keep reading, sharing, commenting, and supporting the continuing evolution of the ADTA blog!

Here they are! 2015’s Top Five ADTA Blog Posts:

1.  The Difference Between “Therapeutic” Dance and Dance/Movement Therapy: An ADTA Talk

“The increased popularity of dance in American culture in recent years has created the need for clarity on the differences between “therapeutic” dance and dance/movement therapy. In this ADTA Talk, Susan Imus, MA, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA, discusses what sets dance/movement therapy apart from the flash mobs and TV shows that have catapulted dance front and center.”

2.  Dance/Movement Therapy: Embodied Parenting

parenting“In this ADTA Talk, Dr. Suzi Tortora, Ed.D., BC-DMT, C.M.A., LCAT, LMHC, explains the concept of “embodied parenting.” Drawing from interpersonal neurobiology and dance/movement therapy, she shares why attuned nonverbal communication between parent and child is crucial to infant mental health and how dancing is needed in this world now more than ever.”

3.  Where do Dance/Movement Therapists Work? What Do They Do?

FB_IMG_1448513547581“Dance/movement therapists work in a variety of settings with varying populations and, often, they wear many different hats. Dance/movement therapy (DMT) has been utilized since its inception in the 1940′s to promote healing in people diagnosed with mental illness and physical disabilities.  When the field was emerging, many dance/movement therapists started working in mental health and psychiatric facilities. Since then, DMT has grown and expanded into new places and spaces.”

4.  What Does a Dance/Movement Therapy Session Look Like?

1506440374_40e1d692c4_mDance/movement therapy (DMT) is the unique coupling of science and art, each session looks unique depending on the clinician, clients, and setting. There are a variety of techniques and styles of dance/movement therapy; each therapist finds his or her own way to sculpt a practice matching individual style as well as the needs and abilities of their clients.”

5.  A Dance/Movement Therapy Moment

Photo by Tjook
Photo by Tjook

“As I was training to become a dance/movement therapist, there were two phrases I constantly heard: “trust the process” and “breath is movement.” As I advanced in my training, I began to understand that dance/movement therapy (DMT) was not about dance as I knew it – grand sweeping movements, leaps, turns, etc. I slowly sensed it was more about connection, the flow of movement in relationship, attunement, and kinesthetic empathy. Simultaneously, I became aware of my own physical sensations, learned how to listen to my body intuitively, and trusted my ability to guide and respond to a client or group. For me, this resulted in creating safety, containment and trust, which are the cornerstones of the way I practice.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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