What is this Dance Movement Therapy (DMT)?

Many people think DMT is a new field, when in actuality dance movement therapy as a field has been around for over 50 years. This year the American Dance Therapy Association is celebrating their 51st Annual conference. The ADTA defines dance movement therapy as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual.


In session dance movement therapy may look like mindful breathing and bringing awareness into the body in the present moment. It may appear as gentle stretching of the arms and back to release tension. It may be rapid moving of the legs and stomping of feet to the rhythm of music or many other things.

As no two clients are the same, no two sessions or no two dance therapist are exactly the same. Part of the appeal of dmt is the flexibility which arises in the moment of being present with oneself, one’s WHOLE self, mind, body and spirit.

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