Dance Therapy Association of Australia

Welcome to the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia!

The Dance Movement Therapy Association (DTAA) is the recognised professional body for dance movement therapy in Australasia. It sets the standards for Professional, Provisional Professional and Associate levels of membership, training and supervision. The DTAA also warmly welcomes General and Student members.

The DTAA promotes the growth, development and recognition of the dance movement therapy profession in Australasia by:

  • establishing and maintaining standards for training, research and professional practice
  • providing a means of communication, education and networking between dance movement therapists, other health professionals, employers and clients
  • liaising with other relevant peak and professional bodies
  • providing information and resources for dance movement therapy practitioners, students and the wider community
  • offering Provisional Professional and Professional Membership status to applicants who meet the training criteria, and Associate, Student or Overseas membership to others interested in dance movement therapy.

Member resources include the opportunity for recognition as a dance movement therapist, bi-annual journal, regular news of events, insurance, library and professional development opportunities.


DTAA Events and News

HEMF Research Grant Applications due Monday July 17th

The Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation’s funds are invested so that from time to time it offers small grants for research in dance movement therapy. HEMF recognises that the advancement of the profession requires that research be undertaken and reported on. Each year small grants are made for research, or discrete projects that contribute towards research, that are assessed to advance the field of dance movement therapy through evaluation, research and quality assurance activities. Grants are usually a maximum of $3,000. Call for applications: 2017 applications close on Monday 17th July.

Marylee Hardenbergh coming to Melbourne, January 2018

Marylee Hardenbergh is a DMT and choreographer who loves to organise out door specific choreographies, she has done this for over thirty years. She is the Artistic Director of Global Site Performance and a founding member/original Artistic Director of Global Water Dances.  In Hardenbergh’s workshop planned for Melbourne, she will discuss the therapeutic aspects of creating community-based Movement Choirs and performances. Working together with Melbourne dance and dance therapy communities, her weekend workshop will culminate in creating a site-specific event performed at a place chosen with the participants. Stay posted for more news and details!

AGM and Professional Development Weekend

Join your fellow DTAA members for a weekend of professional development and connection. Hear about the latest developments of our subcommittees, including progress towards registration with NDIS. Contribute to discussions re-development of new competencies for DMT and welcome new Professional and Provisional Members. Venue to be confirmed soon.
Venue: Community Room, Edinburgh Gardens, Brunswick St, Fitzroy North VIC 3068
When: 20-22 October,2017
Friday 20: Kim Dunphy and Sue Mullane, Writing for Publication (This workshop will be held at a different venue: Williams Reserve Community Room, 520 Victoria Street, Richmond)
Saturday 21: Sandra Lauffenburger, to be confirmed
Sunday 22:  Annual General Meeting,  including book launch, competency project discussions, awarding of PM certificates, HEMF Award.

New book published by PACFA:
Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice
includes two chapters on DMT.
More details

psychotherapy and counselling