Dance Therapy Association of Australia

DTAA Committee

General Committee and Executive

The General Committee has a responsibility to DTAA members to fulfill the organization’s functions as expressed in the Aims, which are part of the Constitution. The Aims include providing identity, representation and criteria for certification and registration (Professional Membership) of Australasian dance movement therapists. The Association activities include providing opportunities for networking, publishing a journal, producing professional literature, organising in-services and conferences (professional development),establishing resources (library; responding to enquiries) and addressing industrial and /or employment issues.

To achieve these Aims, a number of sub-committees are in place that report back to the General Committee. These are Admin; Finance; Publications including Journal; Professional Membership & PACFA; Professional Development; Regional Liaison; Promotions; Research and the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation. All DTAA activities or business come under one of these committees. The General Committee meets every six weeks at a member’s home in Surrey Hills, Melbourne, where we receive warm hospitality, conducive to pleasant and social meetings.

An Executive Committee comprising the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer provide leadership for the Committee.



General Committee Members

Kim Dunphy (President)

Kim (BA, Grad Dip Movement Dance, M.Ed, PhD, DTAA (Professional Member) has worked as a dance educator and therapist in a range of settings, including community groups, schools, hospitals and disability services. She has lectured in dance education at Deakin and Melbourne Universities and dance movement therapy at RMIT University and Phoenix Institute. Kim is currently a Mackenzie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the newly established Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she will explore her interests in assessment and evaluation of DMT. Her publications include Freedom to Move: Movement and dance for children with intellectual disabilities with Jenny Scott (2003), and a chapter in the edited collection Counselling and Psychotherapy Works published by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (2015).

Prior to her role as President, Kim was Vice-President for almost a decade, with contributions to the DTAA in other roles prior to that. Kim has a lifelong passion for dance and its contribution to a good life, and her work in dance therapy enables others to have that enjoyment as well. Kim views her work with the DTAA as essential, given the small size and relative youth of our profession. She believes that DM therapists need to work together to improve the quality and reach of our services, and that the DTAA is a vital agent in that task.

Contact Kim on kimfdunphy@gmail.com


ElizaethMcKenzieElizabeth Mackenzie (Vice-President)

Elizabeth (Cert. Primary Teaching, Cert Teacher-Librarianship, Grad Dip. Movement and Dance, Dip, Dance Therapy IDTIA, Dip. Classical Yoga and Meditation, Dip Steiner Ed, Graduate of Hakomi Psychotherapy Training, DTAA (Professional Member) has professional experience that includes primary education, creative dance teaching, yoga and meditation teaching, dance therapy and recreation.  Elizabeth directed Moving Together, a community dance therapy program in the City of Boroondara for mothers and babies, focussing on a shared movement experience to enhance the mother-baby relationship. She currently works as Activities Co-ordinator at St Vincent’s Prague House in Melbourne, offering an activities and wellbeing program to address social isolation through arts, recreation and community experiences for people with acquired brain injury and mental health issues.  Elizabeth has been a member of the DTAA Committee since 2005.

Contact Elizabeth on elizabethmackenzie@fastmail.com.au


Jane GuthrieJane Guthrie (Secretary)

Jane (B. App. Sc. Phyty, Grad Dip Movement and Dance, Dance Therapy Certificate, M. Ed {Advanced Studies in Movement and Dance}, DTAA (Professional) is an experienced dance movement therapist, physiotherapist and Certified Movement Analyst who was formerly Head of Department in a busy rehabilitation hospital. She has lectured in dance movement therapy at IDTIA, Phoenix Institute and RMIT University. Jane is skilled in working with clients who have head injuries, work related injuries and other neurological problems. She incorporates dance movement therapy as part of a holistic approach to her clients’ needs, using a combination of functional and expressive approaches to movement. Jane is an Associate Editor for the international journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy.She was the DTAA’s President between 2007 and 2015, and is currently editor of the journal Moving On.

Contact Jane at jguthrie@alphalink.com.au


Ben AssanBen Assan (Treasurer/Finance)

Ben Assan, (Bachelor Child and Adolescent Psych Nursing, Grad Dip Movement Dance, Post Grad Dip Family Therapy, Adv Cert Couple Therapy, DTAA (Associate), originally from Ghana, is a child and family therapist at the Austin Hospital. He uses his dance movement therapy expertise in his work with hard to engage adolescents and their families. Ben has experience in community residential and forensic mental health and has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Australian Journal of Psychiatry.

Ben can be contacted at Ben.Assan@austin.org.au


Jennifer AuJennifer Au (Assistant Treasurer)

Jennifer Au, (Dip Dance Movement Therapy, DTAA (Associate), originally from Hong Kong, is a locum dance therapist for Dance Family in Bayswater and the Respite program at the City of Casey and a casual Disability Support Workers at Villa Maria. She teaches ballroom and sequence dancing at a local community centre. She was in the IT industry for more than 20 years. She wants to help others, through dance movement therapy, to have a better quality of life.

Jennifer can be contacted at jsfau999@gmail.com.


Sharon PaetzoldSharon Paetzold (Minute Secretary)

Sharon Paetzold, Grad Dip Ment Hlth Sc.(Child, Adolescent & Family Therapies), Dip Gestalt Therapy, BSW (Hons), Dip Soc. Sc., Integrative Tanztherapie (DMT, Germany), DTAA (Associate), works as a clinical social worker and gestalt movement therapist with children, youth and adults in private practice.

She is a certified trainer, clinical consultant, therapist and supervisor who provides therapeutic and consulting services across Melbourne. Sharon has substantial clinical experience in child, adolescent and family psychiatry, primary health care, family violence and sexual assault services for more tha 25 years. Special areas of interest include – complex trauma and body psychotherapy, interpersonal violence and trauma, attachment and trauma issues, post traumatic stress and comorbidity issues.

Contact Sharon on sharon.paetzold@gmail.com


Anna SchlusserAnna Schlusser (General Member)

Dip. Dance Therapy IDTIA, M Ed. (Advanced studies in Movement and Dance, Melb. Uni), Dip. Ed. Movement and Dance (Goldsmiths, London Uni), Grad. Dip Movement and Dance (Melb. Uni), Diploma KTC Perth, WA, (kindergarten teacher training), DTAA (Professional).

Anna has worked as a dance educator and therapist in a range of settings, including studio settings, community arts centres, kindergartens, day care centres and schools. She is currently IDTIA’s Coordinator of Advanced Clinical Training. She lectured for IDTIA’s Certificate course, and provides supervision to IDTIA’s ACT dance therapy trainees. She is interested in performance as therapy. Her Masters thesis Inclusive Practice in the Performing Arts was based on ten years of dance and theatre improvisation and performance with “Stretch Physical Theatre”, a group of adults with and without intellectual disabilities. She enjoys assisting edit DTAA’s journal Moving On. She taught creative dance to children, parents and young children, and adults for twenty years.

Contact Anna on annasc@netspace.net.au


Faith BoltonFaith Bolton (General Member)

Faith Bolton (Bachelor of Arts (Dance), Cert Dance Movement Therapy IDTIA, Dip Yoga Teaching, DTAA (Associate) is a dance movement therapy practitioner with experience in disability, aged care and mental health fields. She is also a co-editor of the DTAA’s journal Moving On. As a relatively new member of the General Committee, and the dance movement therapy community more widely, Faith is excited to support the growth of this field and carries a strong belief in the transformative capacities dance movement therapy holds as a healing modality.

Contact Faith on faith.elisabeth.bolton@gmail.com