Associate Membership

The category of Associate Membership has been created to acknowledge the many members who work under professional designations other than dance movement therapy, and who may use some dance movement therapy or therapeutic dance in their work. This significant group of practitioners includes many who have been strongly involved in the foundation and growth of the dance movement therapy profession in Australia and have created employment opportunities for others.

The DTAA welcomes Associate membership listings from a range of professionals. This range is divided into two streams:

  1. Those beginning their pursuit of the track of Professional membership who already have a qualification in DMT, and
  2. Other applicants with qualifications in various arts therapies, allied health, or body movement areas, who are also dancers, use dance movement therapeutically, or have some qualifications in dance.

Those who join in the second stream (2) as above are not on a pathway to professional membership of the DTAA unless they firstly complete a DMT training accepted by the DTAA’s Professional Membership Committee (PMC)

The following list of courses in Australasia are acceptable for Associate Membership, but do not all lead directly into the professional membership pathway. Each application is assessed individually.

  • Graduate Diploma of Movement and Dance (Dance Therapy stream) or the
  • Dance Therapy Certificate from Melbourne University, prior to and up to November 1999.
  • Graduate Diploma of Dance Therapy from Wesley Institute
  • Diploma or Certificate in Dance Therapy from the IDTIA
  • Dance Therapy from the Graduate Diploma in Visual and Performing Arts at RMIT
  • Diploma of Dance Movement Therapy, Phoenix Institute
  • Somatic-based Movement Therapy, Tensegrity Training
  • Certificate Dance Movement therapy New Zealand

Other applicants can obtain Associate membership if they have received equivalent qualifications in Australasia or overseas.

Please note that arts therapists, allied health practitioners, body workers, or somatic practitioners, who are dancers or use dance therapeutically in their practice, are welcomed by the DTAA as members but cannot be considered in the Professional Membership stream of Associate Membership until they complete a DMT training that is accepted by the PMC.

Application process
Applicants for Associate Membership should complete the DTAA Online membership form if not already members of the DTAA, to become a general member. Then apply for Associate Membership by emailing with scanned copies of relevant qualifications and contact details for two professional referees for the membership committee to review.
The DTAA Professional Membership Committee will review the application at their next meeting and advise the applicant of their decision immediately thereafter. In the meantime, the member will be given all privileges and information as of a General Member.

Stream 1: Progress to Professional Membership:
Associate Members intending to move towards Professional Membership are strongly encouraged to gain further training and work towards the next step of Provisional Professional Membership. Following completing a full DMT training, the next step is to apply for this level of membership by filling in the Provisional Professional Membership Form and submitting it to the PMC.

Ongoing commitment of Associate Members

  • Only current financial members may claim Associate Membership of the DTAA, therefore  Associate Membership status ceases once membership lapses.
  • Associate Members are expected to continue expanding their professional expertise through ongoing professional development and involvement with the DTAA.

Fee Structure for Associate Membership

  • Please see the standard Associate Membership fees on the general application form
  • Student membership is available under this category for full-time students, or part-time students who have no other income. Members who are studying and in part-time employment are not eligible for lowered rates. These rates are only available for full time students.
  • Concession membership is available for pensioners or concession card holders.

Rights of Associate Members
All Associate Members are entitled to list their status on their CV as a professional affiliation.

Updated April 10, 2016
If you have questions regarding Associate Membership contact:
Sandra Kay Lauffenburger

Professional Membership Convenor
Email: or 0407248323, or contact