Dance Therapy Association of Australia

DTAA Forthcoming Events

The Dance of Connection in Dementia Care: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Donna Newman Bluestein from the US will be in Melbourne
Saturday February 21, 2015 from 9.30 – 5.0pm

Collingwood Senior Citizen’s Centre
Eddy Court, Abbotsford

The day will be divided into two workshops:

‘Dancing with Older Adults and People with Dementia’ in the morning
‘The Dance of Interaction: Embodied Relationships in Dementia Care’ in the afternoon

The morning workshop provides a model for a dance/expressive movement program that is fun, engaging and esteem-building; while in the afternoon ‘The Dance of Interaction: Embodied Relationships in Dementia Care’, will focus on Quality of life (QoL) indicators that are relevant to this population.

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The Fourth Australian Dance Movement Therapy Conference

The Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia turns 21 in 2015.
To celebrate, the DTAA and the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation are pleased to present this exciting event:

National Conference: Broadening the Spectrum:
Dance and other expressive arts therapies for health and healing
July 10-12, 2015
The Historic Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, Victoria.

Sherry GoodillThe conference will explore how dance movement therapy and other creative arts therapies can function as single and multi-modal approaches to health and healing;

and how dance movement therapists can make valued contributions to multi-disciplinary teams.


  • How can the healing potential of dance movement therapy be strengthened through connection with other creative arts modalities?
  • How can dance movement therapists work in partnership to promote client outcomes, especially in areas of trauma and attachment?
  • How can we strengthen the use of evidence in approaches to dance movement therapy?
  • What is the relationship between dance movement therapy and our indigenous cultures?


  • Skill development in dance-movement therapy
  • Therapeutic applications of dance for specific populations and communities
  • Professional issues and supervision
  • Research and evaluation

We’re honoured to have Dr. Sherry Goodill, Chairperson of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University, USA, and President of the American Dance Therapy Association, confirmed as our first keynote speaker.

Pre and post conference workshops with local and international presenters will be offered:

9-10 July with Sherry Goodill, and 13-14 July with other presenters TBC.

Call for Presentations:

Proposals are now invited for presentations addressing conference themes. Interested professionals are invited to offer a presentation from their area of interest that will contribute to the knowledge base and practice of dance movement therapy. New dance movement therapists and first-time presenters are particularly encouraged to submit a proposal. The sharing of experiences through conference involvement is an excellent professional development exercise and contributes to the profession overall and to individual presenter’s skills and confidence.
Presentations may take the form of papers, workshops, panel discussions, performances, DVD showing or poster sessions.

Proposal submission form
Proposals should be submitted to Conference Co-ordinator, Dr. Kim Dunphy,
Deadline for proposals: Friday December 5, 2014
Outcomes will be advised by late January 2015

The DTAA Committee welcomes interest from members in contributing to the development of the conference. Please contact: Kim Dunphy on

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