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55th Annual Conference

October 15-18, 2020 | Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Sheraton Le Centre Montreal Hotel

Research and Thesis Project Poster Session


Cecilia Fontanesi, Ph.D. Candidate, MS/MPhil, R-DMT, CMA, RSME

and Karolina Bryl, PhD, R-DMT, CMA, RSMT/RSME


Research and Thesis Poster Session
The ADTA Research and Practice Committee hosts an annual Research & Thesis Project Poster Session. Accepted posters are presented at the conference by the authors with time for viewing and discussion among conference attendees, and a selection of abstracts from the poster session will be published in the American Journal of Dance Therapy.

Submissions are due between June 15 and July 15, 2020. Submissions should be sent in electronic format via email as a word doc. Please submit all poster session proposals to coordinators Cecilia Fontanesi and Karolina Bryl at, and include “Poster Session” followed by your last name in the subject line. Late submissions will not be accepted. Notification of acceptance will be made by August 15.

Please follow the guidelines below. All elements of a research study are required, and those that do not include #1, 2, 3, 4 will not be accepted. 

Poster Session Elements for Submission

  1. Research/Thesis Project Poster Title (Centered, bold top of page, 14 points, Times New Roman)
  2. APA (6th Edition) style poster abstract (300 words maximum, 12-point Times New Roman) that includes:
    1. Explicitly identified research questions and/or objectives of the study
    2. A clearly articulated research methodology that includes:
      1. participant sample, data collection and data analysis
    3. Presentation of findings in relation to the research question(s)
    4. Conclusions and applications to dance/movement therapy
  3. Presenter(s) name(s), [1]emails and biography (50 words maximum)
  4. All submissions should be sent in electronic format via email as a word document. Please include “Poster Session” followed by your last name in the subject line.

If you feel that your thesis work does not fit under these guidelines, please contact the coordinators at PRIOR to the deadline date. You may be asked to edit, revise, or clarify your abstract or biography prior to acceptance. All submissions must include research question, methodology, and report of findings.

You MUST be present at the conference for your poster to be displayed. We will no longer accept poster submissions without attendance of the researcher/presenter at the poster session as the discussions that occur during the poster session are rich and important to our poster session format.

Display requirements: All posters are required to be in large scale printed format in 36 by 48 inch (horizontal) size. You will be provided with one easel, one foam board and clips to attach your poster to the foam board. We do not provide tables so please do not plan to use additional materials other than your poster (including computers). You may bring business cards or abridged versions of your study that you can hand out to individuals interested in learning more about your work. Additional resources and support will be provided for accepted projects. Trifold and hand-crafted posters are not accepted.

No equipment/materials deposit is required for the poster session

Note: The Research and Practice committee will submit a selection of abstracts for publication in the American Journal of Dance Therapy.

[1] Please include the primary presenter’s email with the biography