In this volume

2003 Vol. 2 No. 2

Interacting with the audience, interacting with life: Budapest and beyond

DMT supervision, relational movement, Interactional Shaping, observed movement, group work, creative process

Penny has edited her own transcript from a seminar given in Budapest, Hungary at the First World Art Therapy Congress, drawing on her research of the use of creative processes within supervision for dance movement therapists in the UK. In illustrating the premise of her supervision practice through presenting examples from her supervision practice and two case studies, Penny expands upon the relational space in the therapeutic relationship and discusses awareness of client perceptions through body empathy, specifically therapist self awareness. In conclusion, Penny describes the ways she engaged with her listening audience, inviting embodied reflections. (pp 2-6)

Musical Pathways: From the Classroom to the Community

music therapy, disabilities, community arts, performance, special education, arts therapy

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Catherine writes: “In this article I will endeavour to share some insights into my continuing journey to understand and articulate the relationship between community arts and arts therapy. In recent years the nature of “community music therapy” work has come under much discussion in the music therapy community, as more music therapists seek work in community settings and work alongside community musicians. I would like to present a snapshot of the development of musical pathways between my work in special education and the broader community, most particularly with a group of adolescents with intellectual disabilities who were participants in a music performance project.” (pp 7-9)

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How Does Butoh Become Meaningful to Seiryukai Dancers: Self Perception, Social Relations, and Community

Butoh, Ecopsychology, Hijikata Tatsumi, dance group

The founder of the ‘butoh’ genre, Hijikata Tatsumi emerged in post-war Japan, an irreverent and challenging choreographer and intellect. In this article, a field researcher’s active relationship with a Butoh dance group illustrates dance therapy from a specifically ‘butoh’ perspective. The field notes express links to ecopsychology by the integral relationship between family, community and the earth. The notes detail the expression of the dancer’s unconscious and subconscious. In conclusion, the researcher evaluated the ‘butoh’ genre as pivotal to self analysis for this sample. (pp 10-14)

Authentic Movement, Groups and Psychotherapy

Authentic movement, mover and witness, collective body, body awareness

This article describes the ‘authentic movement’ discipline based on body and mind awareness and has basic importance to Dance movement therapy (DMT). This central relationship was experienced by engaging the body in a non-judgemental way. Within a tradition that encourages the process of change, two tools essential to ‘authentic movement’ were explored; analysis of the ‘mover and witness’ and the sensation of the ‘collective body’. The article concludes with further suggestions for the beneficial effects of ‘authentic movement’ outside clinical settings. (pp 16-17)


‘Give Them Us!’, The Arts In Dementia Care

Nursing home residents, quality of life, dementia, art appreciation

Despite much investigation into the quality of nursing homes, the needs of residents from their own perspective seems poorly understood. In this article, interview data collected from Westminster Health Care Centre explored the principles of quality of life for residents in nursing homes with dementia. The discussion substantiated the hypothesis that the positive effects of art-making result in improvements to care-giving outcomes. Concepts raised were aesthetic sensibility, appreciation and taste in accordance with the genuine desire for artistic pursuits. This article conclusively illustrates the intention from this sample of nursing home residents, to live more creatively. (pp 19-20)


Dance Movement Therapy in Italy

professional development, professional training, accreditation, Laban Movement Analysis, Authentic Movement, Quantum Physics

This article is based on a paper Marcia wrote for the International Panel at the ADTA 2002 conference in Vermont, US.A.

This features a first-hand glimpse at the life of a founder and the paths taken to establish a national dance movement therapy association in Italy. Marcia Plevin’s passion for dance movement therapy is shared as she tells the story of establishing the APID and founding various training programs and reviewing organisations who are teaching DMT in Italy. A wide range of DMT approaches and activities are overviewed, showcasing the growing field and opportunities.(pp 20-23)

Dance Psychotherapy ~ Therapist at work

private practice, therapeutic relationship, mind-body-soul-spirit, attunement, existential, transpersonal

This is a brief case study, vividly describing a portrayal from the DMTs perspective, of one private dance movement therapy session with a client who is processing relational challenges within her family. (pp 24-25)

Dance Autobiography – A Reflection (Report on Denis Kelynack workshop)

professional development, intersubjective response, artistic reflections, dancing stories, dyads, group work

A report on the DTAA Professional Development provided by Denis Kelynack on April 5, 2003 at Dancehouse. This is a very brief reflection on Ben’s experiences and learning as a DMT, through participation in Denis’ professional development workshop. (p. 26)

Contact Improvisation: Adding to the dance therapy toolkit

dance movement therapy training, professional development, non-verbal communication

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“The contact improvisation techniques offer a great tool to pop into the therapist’s toolkit. They could be introduced in the most elementary of activities – a walking warm up that invites people to greet each other though hands, shoulders and so on – and then developed according to the abilities of all participants…” (p. 27)