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2005 Vol. 4 No. 1

“Sit Down, Be Quiet” – A Study of the Effectiveness of Dance/Movement Therapy in an After-School Program

Keywords
After-school care, attention getting behaviour, dance movement therapy, education interventions, humanistic psychology

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This is an evidenced based research project. The research measured the effects of a dance movement therapy intervention in an after-school care program. The intervention was a therapeutic contract between teacher, dance movement therapist, and first grade students. The number of disciplinary interactions was measured and graphed. The study was designed to compare the number of disciplinary interactions in the classroom when there was no contract, year one, and when there was a contract, year two. A humanistic psychology theoretical framework was used, a model of health rather than pathology, focusing on using the therapeutic contract to increase a sense of safety, support, belonging and intimacy. The study shows that disciplinary interactions decreased dramatically. It is recommended that the study be used to illustrate the use of dance movement therapy in the growing after-school care industry. (pp 2-7)

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Early development and symbolic physical action – An email from Joan Chodorow

Keywords
Winnicott, infant-mother attachment, Mary Ainsworth, Charles Stewart, patterns of behaviour, emotions

Joan writes a brief overview of infant-mother attachment pairs of behaviours identified by Mary Ainsworth and her associates in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as additional behaviours identified by Charles Stewart. In conclusion, a schematic view of the behaviours and a reference list on the theories is provided. (pp 8-9)

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Trance Dance

Keywords
Middle Eastern Dance, Indigenous dance, ecstatic dance, 5 rhythms, Whirling Dervishes, performance

Maria describes her journey with trance dance from her teenage years through to her present practices of facilitating workshops, performing and entertaining. Exemplifying experiences with trance as a spiritual, healing and transforming practice, reference is given to trance dance festivals and workshops and trance embracing cultures including Moroccan, Egyptian and Turkish.  The challenges of marrying performance with trance is explained in connection to a special performance of the Egyptian Zaar, whereby Maria shares her preparation and approach for this event, including her post trance euphoria. (pp 10-13)

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An interview with G. Hoffman Soto

Keywords
Tamalpa Institute, performance improvisation, somatics, Neuro Linguistic Programming, voice work, group work

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“During 2004, one of the students at Tamalpa, Zoi Hall, conducted an email conversation with Soto as a series of classes unfolded. The conversation illustrates the nature of the relationship between his work and dance therapy, and gives insight into an experienced teacher at work; holding participants’ stories and supporting them to express themselves through movement and voice.” (pp 14-18)

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About Depression on Mind and Body

Keywords
mental illness, symptoms, meditation, relaxation techniques, creativity, hormone balance

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“As an introduction to this article Ana offers an impressionistic vignette of depression as it impacts on mind, feeling and body of depressed people based on the material she has been studying, observations and personal interactions.” The article then overviews depression, including the symptoms, causes and refers to the National Action Plan for Depression in outlining the seriousness of this disorder. A description of what has been helpful for some depressed individuals with or without psychotherapy and medication, expands upon the various benefits of DMT in contributing key therapeutic changes. (pp 19-23)

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The Dance in Dance Therapy

Keywords
aesthetic expression, ritual, diagnostic assessment, pedestrian movement, movement interventions, transformation

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This article presents three extracts from a conversation on the ADTA listserve on the nature of the “Dance” in “Dance Therapy.” The conversation weaves through different aspects – from reflections on the elements – that make ‘the dance’ in Dance Therapy, to a discussion about cultural attitudes, the way in which the word ‘dance’ is used metaphorically, and ending with a poignant image of an historical depiction of dance. (pp 24-25)

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