Coming 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 offer activities that will enable 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 admin@dtaa.org.au.


The practice of Authentic Movement: a two-day immersion – with Connor Kelly

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November 2018
Balmain Town Hall, Sydney
370 Darling St Balmain, Balmain NSW 2041

The Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA) invites dance movement therapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, creative arts therapists, body workers, dancers, and those interested in exploring the use of movement and dance in their work to join us for this two-day immersion into the practice of Authentic Movement. This professional development workshop, facilitated by international presenter Connor Kelly, is suitable for practising and student therapists and practitioners.

On Saturday, Connor will facilitate two rounds of movement: working in dyads in the morning, triads in the afternoon and concluding with a breath circle.

Sunday morning is dedicated to a Long Circle, while in the afternoon we’ll look at ways to integrate Authentic Movement into your work, and how you might introduce the practice to clients.

For more information download flyer or book here.


Research forum webinars for members, (usually) last Wed of the month, 6-7 pm (Australia EST); 8-9 (NZ).

DTAA Research Committee conveners Sue Mullane and Ella Dumaresq offer members a series of online discussion forums. A friendly, energised, ‘book-club’ style experience will be fostered to engage participants with research in an open, inclusive, and yet rigorous manner. More information available for members here.

Enquiries: Sue Mullane  mullane.susan.m@edumail.vic.gov.au or Ella Dumaresq ella.dumaresq@gmail.com

Next webinar: November 28, 6-7 pm AEST; 8-9 NZ (final webinar for 2018)

Forum 9: Leventhal, M. (2008). Transformation and Healing Through Dance Therapy: The Challenge and Imperative of Holding the Vision. American Dance Therapy Association 30, 4– 23.

Questions for discussion:

  1. What interests you about Leventhal’s DMT model which draws on the art-science of dance and Newtonian + Quantum physics paradigms?
  2. Based on what you have read in this article, what is your understanding regarding the implementation of the 5-phase model?
  3. How could you bring this model to a client who does not use language such as “soul-self”, “higher purpose” and “highest potential” (p.10) to describe themselves?
  4. What do you think about Leventhal’s suggestion DM therapists may be defined as “true leaders/ explorers of the 21st century?” (p. 21). What expectations and/ or limits do you face in your DMT work?
  5. Leventhal’s fourth imperative, to abstract from dance its potential to “release, reclaim, extend and develop” (p. 22), generates for her the terms: FIELD, ENERGY, HOLDING, WITNESSING, FLOW AND METAPHOR as supportive of change and transformation. What vocabulary would you use to support your/ our own DTAA’s continued change and transformation?

Please download the article and access the zoom link via the members only webinar resources page here.


Body as Voice Training Part 3 – Amber Gray

Friday 14- Monday 17th December 2018
Emely Baker Centre, Edinburgh Gardens, Melbourne
Alfred Crescent, North Fitzroy, VIC 3068

The DTAA is pleased to welcome Amber Gray back to Australia for Part 3 of Body as Voice. Amber offers unique training in Restorative Movement Psychotherapy for survivors of trauma in a body, movement, and rhythm based framework.

Part 3 of Body as Voice will build on and continue work with the dyadic therapeutic relationship – integrating working with families, groups and communities. This group- focused module emphasises integration, wholism and restoration of a sense of belonging. Polyvagal informed DMT is elaborated, and based on the group composition, working with everything from group therapy to large-scale disaster and complex humanitarian emergency responses are optional topics. This class serves as an integration and closure for the cohort.

Body as Voice Part 1 and 2 are prerequisites for attending this workshop, please contact admin@dtaa.org.au if you think you may qualify for admission based on other experience.

For more information or to book please email admin@dtaa.org.au


Liljan Espenak’s Psychomotor Therapy System – with Nana Koch

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January 2019
Edinburgh Gardens Community Room, Melbourne
Alfred Crescent, North Fitzroy, VIC 3068

The Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA) is excited to welcome Nana Koch to Melbourne. Nana was closely mentored by Liljan Espanek – a pioneer of dance movement therapy in the USA – when she was a student, and is now a leader in her field in carrying Espanek’s legacies forward. Join us for this very special event, which is the first time this pioneer’s theories and philosophies, that were strongly influenced by Wigman, Adler and Lowen, have been presented in Australia in this capacity. In this workshop attention is paid to the ways in which Liljan used expressive dance and diagnostic movement tools to facilitate integration, the ideal body, and feelings of well-being. Adler and Lowen’s influence on Espenak’s work is discussed, along with concepts inherent in psychomotor therapy and its areas of application.

By acquainting participants with Espenak’s concepts of diagnosis, restructuring, and integration, they will learn how she used particular exercises to help patients express “the four emotions,” develop muscle-memory, and experience catharsis, all leading to behavioural change.

This two day workshop will be suitable for dance movement therapists, psychotherapists, psychologists and creative arts therapists.

For more information: download flyer or book here.