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.



Just Published

Editors: Jane Guthrie and Sue Mullane, with Elizabeth Loughlin
Published by the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA), 2017, Melbourne, Australia.
Design and Layout by David Wong.

The launch of this just-published twelve chapter book, the latest volume in the Collections series, takes place on:
Sunday 22nd October
between 3.00pm and 4.00pm
at the Community Room
Edinburgh Gardens, Alfred Crescent, off Brunswick Street / George Street, Fitzroy North, VIC, 3068.


Download the flyer and order form.

DTAA Events and News

AGM & Professional Development Weekend,
20-22 October, North Fitzroy, Melbourne

Join your fellow DTAA members for a weekend of professional development and connection.


Friday 20 Oct -Kim Dunphy and Sue Mullane present Writing for Publication  

Saturday 21 Oct – Sandra Lauffenburger presents Somatics, Effort/ Shape, Self psychotherapy and Supervision Foundations for DMT.

Sunday 22 Oct: 9.30- 4 pm. Morning movement workshops, NDIS panel discussion and professional membership clinic followed by the Annual General Meeting. Hear about the latest developments of our subcommittees, including progress towards registration with NDIS. Contribute to discussions re-development of new competencies for DMT, celebrate our new Professional and Provisional Members, our 2017 HEMF Awardees and be present at the launch of the DTAA’s new publication, Dance Therapy Collections Four.

For more information and bookings 

Amber Gray Workshop: Body as Voice, Restorative Movement Psychotherapy for Survivors of Trauma

Amber Gray is an International award winning Somatic Psychotherapist, Dance Movement Therapist and Trauma specialist, returning to Australia to offer her unique training series.

When: December 1st – 4th
Where: Northcote Townhall,189 High St Northcote, Victoria 3078
Limited places please book ahead! https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=312738
Visit our events page for more details and flyer.

Call for papers: Moving On journal

Special edition: Dance movement therapy, clients with disability and the NDIS scheme.
This special edition provides perspectives from dance movement who are currently accessing NDIS funds or have insight into how they might be accessed by our profession.

Deadline for proposals: Friday 21 September.
Deadline for articles:  Articles due 31 October
More information here

Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation: new research resources webpage

The DTAA is pleased to share with you a new resource created to support applicants to writing applications to HEMF. It provides guidance on writing, prior research and literature reviews and the practicalities of conducting research. http://dtaa.org.au/hemf/

Marylee Hardenbergh coming to Melbourne, January 2018

Marylee Hardenbergh is an Internationally renowned choreographer and Dance Movement Therapist, and founder of Global Water Dances. Training under Irmgard Bartenieff and Penny Lewis Bernstein, Hardenbergh has received numerous awards and grants organising outdoor specific choreographies for more than thirty years. In this workshop, she will discuss the therapeutic aspects of creating community-based movement choirs and performances. Involving dance and dance therapy communities, the workshop will culminate in a site-specific event performed at a place chosen with participants. Stay posted for details!


e-Bulletin: Current Moves