51st ADTA Annual Conference
October 20 – 23, 2016

Moving Pathways to Integration

Hyatt Regency Bethesda
One Bethesda Metro Center
Bethesda, Maryland
Washington DC Metro Area

Make reservations here.

2016 Conference Resources:

Celebrating 50 years of the American Dance Therapy Association (1966-2016)!

Regular Registration Conference Rates end September 8th! Register now!

Come be part of the ADTA’s 50th anniversary celebration at this year’s annual conference in Bethesda, MD from October 20 – 23, 2016.  Join us as we bring the power of dance/movement therapy to the Washington DC area.  Highlights of this year’s conference include:

  • Keynote speakers Dr. Stephen Porges and Dr. Sue Carter in conversation with top dance/movement therapists
  • A site-specific dance on the National Mall choreographed by Marylee Hardenbergh
  • A day of advocacy on the Hill
  • Special Days of Service at St. Elizabeths Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Marian Chace Foundation of ADTA Lecture with Dr. Sharon W. Goodill
  • International panel
  • Research poster session
  • Historical panels recounting our unique history
  • A special day of programming for other allied mental health professionals
  • The best Saturday-night dance party in the universe

Dance/movement therapy and other mental health continuing education available.

Be ready, dance/movement therapists; we are heading to Capitol Hill!

51st Annual Conference brochure

The Conference Theme

This years’ conference theme, ReGeneration: Moving Pathways to Integration, is meant to be contemplated on multiple levels.  To begin, consider the following definitions from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:


  1. To be formed or created again
  2. To be spiritually reborn
  3. To be restored to a better, higher or more worthy state


  1. To combine two or more things to form or create something
  2. To make something a part of another larger thing
  3. To make a person or group part of a larger group or organization.

1 day special programming for Mental Health Professionals Day on Saturday, October 22

Keynotes and Mental Health Professionals’ Day
Oct. 22, 2016, 9 am

Polyvagal-Informed Therapy for Trauma, Attachment and Autism

Join us for a special day of keynote presentations and workshops with Doctors Porges and Carter and leaders in the field of Dance/Movement Therapy and learn new skills for the treatment of your clients.  Events are appropriate for all therapists and NBCC continuing education units will be provided.

Dr. Stephen Porges


Connectedness as a Biological Imperative:
Understanding the consequences of trauma, abuse, and chronic stress through the lens of the Polyvagal Theory

Stephen W. Porges, PhD is a “Distinguished University Scientist” at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University Bloomington and professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Dr. Sue Carter


The Biochemistry of Love

C. Sue Carter, PhD is a biologist and behavioral neurobiologist. She is an internationally recognized expert in behavioral neuroendocrinology. In 2014 she was appointed Director of The Kinsey Institute and Rudy Professor of Biology at Indiana University. Dr. Carter was the first person to identify the physiological mechanisms responsible for social monogamy.

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