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

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 present Writing for Publication
Saturday 21: Sandra Lauffenburger presents Somatics, Effort/ Shape, Self psychotherapy and Supervision Foundations for DMT 
Sunday 22:  Annual General Meeting,  including book launch, competency project discussions, awarding of PM certificates, HEMF Award.

For more information, flyers and booking links visit our events page:

Dance Therapy Research Grants Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation: A new website resource – HEMF Research Resources Webpage

The DTAA is pleased to share with you a new resource that has been created to support applicants in thinking about and writing applications for funding with HEMF. It provides guidance on writing, prior research and literature reviews and the practicalities of conducting research. There is a link in the HEMF dropdown menu on the DTAA website or you can click here: We encourage you to consider making an application to the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation for a research grant in the  next round. HEMF invites applications for research grants to undertake projects that could advance the field of dance movement therapy through evaluation, research and quality assurance activities.  Non DTAA members are also eligible to apply. Grants of up to $3000 are offered. Info:

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!


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

psychotherapy and counselling