Dance Therapy Association of Australia

DTAA Forthcoming Events

DTAA Events

The DTAA runs regular professional development events to enable our members to keep up to date with the latest developments in DMT and related areas of professional knowledge. We aim to offer sufficient hours of PD to assist all members to reach the necessary hours for professional development per year. Most of our events are also open to other interested professionals. Members who have suggestions for PD topics they would like the DTAA to address, or who would like to offer a PD on a topic of their expertise, should contact PD Committee Convenor Jane Guthrie on

Laban Movement Analysis: Teasing out the essentials for Dance Movement Therapy and other movement practices.

JaneGuthrie  heatherhill

When: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of Feburary 2017

Where: Balmain Town Hall, 370 Darling Street, Balmain, Sydney

A two day immersion in movement behaviours, observations and analysis

Jane Guthrie and Heather Hill combine to present a workshop that connects LMA theory with practical application in the field. In order to do so, they will draw on specific areas for the purposes of recording movement observations and analysis, program planning and development.

Over the two days, the workshop will cover:

  • A “walk through” the main areas of the LMA framework, drawing on theory, embodied experience/practice and observational exercises which include practicing using the language of LMA.
  • Presentation of how the framework has been applied to a population with dementia for observation, planning and evaluation.  Drawing attention to the psychological and social aspects of LMA, and implications for planning therapeutic interventions with this group of people.
  • Consideration of LMA application to other populations, through case studies from a wide range of areas, and small group discussion and presentation.

Throughout the workshop, there will be opportunities to engage with and embody the LMA theory, to practice observations, and to workshop applications to particular contexts.  Participants are invited to bring in case material from their practice, or consider their own movement profiles and what might be important movement experiences.

Jane is a CMA as well as a DMT and physiotherapist.  Her knowledge and experience from this background is linked with Heather’s approach as a specialist in the area of Dementia and person centred care. Their approaches to using LMA complement each other but come from differing perspectives.  Heather is a DMT who has worked for 30 years with older adults and people with dementia.

To register please follow these links to Trybooking: or

For inquiries contact:, Robyn Price (NSW contact) 0412585568 or Jane Guthrie, (03)95924017

To see more information about the workshop please see our flyer: LMASydneyWSFlyer

Sara Boas Workshop in Sydney

Dates: 5th  – 7th May 2017
Venue:The Drill Hall, 1C New Beach Rd, Rushcutters Bay NSW, 2011
Friday:One day on Trans-cultural competence.
Saturday and Sunday: Art making as healing, focusing on the therapeutic value of dance creation and performance for those who include creativity in their work. The content will be of interest and appeal to a wide range of health and wellness workers.
Trybooking links will be released soon for registration. For anyone interested a supervision session can be arranged on the Saturday evening, please register your interest for this at