Dance Therapy Association of Australia

In this volume

2003 Vol. 2 No. 3

A Complementary Form of Speech/Language Intervention: Can Music And Movement Help Children With Communication Disorders?

Keywords:
speech pathology, music, movement, children, communication disorders, research

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This investigation reports on the evolution, features, processes and outcomes of a devised complementary treatment approach, one combining traditional speech pathology treatment strategies with the structured use of music and movement, for children with communication disorders (p. 30).

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Editorial

Rachael introduces herself as part of the new editorial team and overviews this issue on focusing on the healing power of dance.

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From Outer to Inner Landscapes in a Community Dance Project

Keywords
Women’s liberation, performance, historical drama, community arts

In the mid-nineteenth century the protestant Magdalen Asylums, initially of London, sought the evangelical reformation of female (usually pregnant) prostitutes through the service of laundry work. This article shares dramatic reactions of dancers that walked the site of the Magdalen Asylum in Carlton, Australia. The reactions were rehearsed in studio and the process toward performance enhanced with poetry and sculpture. Despite the lack of political address in this article, performer responsibility when performing provoking subject matter is discussed and concludes the article. (pp 2-4)

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Using Music and Movement in Reflection of Clinical Experience

Keywords
Music improvisation, Authentic movement, Initiatic art, Heuristic, Artistic expression

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…“This paper presents a project of discovering the use of music improvisation, ‘authentic movement’ and ‘initiatic art’ drawing to reflect on clinical experience. Within the ‘heuristic’ process of emersion, expression, incubation, illumination and documentation, the use of artistic expression with a written journal allows experience that is not easily articulated, to be acknowledged and gradually understood. The use of self-axis references in the reviewing stage of the process accentuates the therapist’s narrative being revealed through the project.” (pp 7-12)

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Attunement

Keywords
attunement, Attachment theory, Vital affect, psychodynamic theory, Stern, Kestenberg

This article explored the concept of attunement, which is accepted as of importance to Dance Movement therapy (DMT) but is not widely understood. Links were made between attunement and psychodynamic attachment theories. The discussion re-evaluating the theories and illustrating non-verbal communication through the quality of affect and movement in early life. Dance therapists emerged as ideally placed to guide clients to access these early communication experiences. The primary link between psychodynamic attachment theory and attunement in the outcome of the paper, overall writing to refocus on previous attachment research. (pp 13-18)

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Dancing in Liquid Emeralds: Dance Therapy in the Pool

Keywords
kinaesthetic vocabulary, aqua therapy, ideokinesis, buoyancy, flexibility

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…“The purpose of this article is to persuade dance movement therapists to explore the joys and benefits of bringing their therapy into the water. One of the revitalizing aspects of dancing in the water is that, moment-by-moment, the liquid environment gives you startling new choices and causes you to move in ways that are totally different ways from the ways in which you move on land.” (pp 20-24)

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Enlivening Shape – A Reflection

Keywords
Laban Movement Analysis, Internal space, Shape analysis

An overview of a workshop experience. Themes include the concept of ‘shape’ as proposed in Laban Movement Analysis. Functional shape forms identified by Laban, the Pin, Wall, Ball and Screw are explored and a brief discussion of ‘internal space’ follows. (pp 25-26)

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