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

Sara Boas Workshops in Sydney


The Dance-Movement Australasia (DTAA) is delighted to present two professional development-in-movement workshops facilitated by International dancer, healer, researcher and leadership coach Sara Boas. From Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7, 2017, Sara and the DTAA welcome DMTs, psychotherapists, arts therapists, wellness practitioners, coaches, consultants, dancers and other artists to join us at the historic Drill Hall dance space on the water’s edge at Sydney’s Darling Point for one, two or three days of movement-based exploration and learning.

Dates: Friday 5th  – Sunday 7th May 2017
Venue: The Drill Hall, 1C New Beach Rd, Rushcutters Bay NSW, 2011

Friday: Transcultural Competence Workshop
Through an intensive experiential engagement, the workshop explores the real challenges and opportunities that we encounter in our work, whether or not our practice is explicitly ‘cross-cultural’. Participants are encouraged to question their own assumptions about culture, identity, ‘difference’ and more, and to develop new ideas and ways of working, all within a safe and supportive learning environment.

Saturday and Sunday: Art Making as Healing.
This two-day workshop focuses on the therapeutic value of creation and performance, as well as the artistic potential of therapeutic process. With a focus on dance and improvisational movement, but also incorporating poetry and drawing, the workshop combines experiential exploration with reflection, discussion, and theoretical analysis.

For anyone interested a supervision session can be arranged on the Saturday of the following weekend (May 13th, times TBC), please register your interest for this at

To book please click on the following links to access Trybooking: or

For further information on the workshops and Sara Boas please go to this flyer: SaraBoasFlyer2017

Writing a successful grant proposal: professional development workshop for dance movement therapists with Dr Kim Dunphy

This workshop offers participants the opportunity to develop a successful grant proposal. It includes skill development in finding a relevant grant opportunity, sharpening responses to selection criteria, providing relevant background and articulating the benefits of the proposed project for stakeholders from funders, to participants and the wider profession. Participants should come with a specific project or grant round in mind, and will spend the day working specifically on that task.  Expect to complete the session with a proposal well-developed for submission!

Regional, interstate and overseas participants welcome:
Participants who are not able to attend in person are invited to participate in the workshop using free conferencing technology Zoom.

The Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation grants for DMT research close on July 17.

Date and time: Saturday May 27 9.30-4.30;

Venue: Fitzroy Library, Meeting room 1, 128 Moor St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

To Register: Go to – or

For more information please view this flyer: 2017 Grant Proposal Writing with Dr Kim Dunphy Flyer

Another session later in the year will offer professional development in how to write for publication.

Presenter: Kim Dunphy has written successful grant proposals for hundreds of thousands of dollars to funding bodies in Australia and other countries, including local, state and federal governments, philanthropic organisations, private funders, universities, professional service organisations (including PACFA and UNESCO), and others. All of these have been for arts projects or research and many for dance movement therapy. She has also made successful proposals to HEMF and supported several other DM therapists to write them also. Kim’s most recent application was for a Mackenzie Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Melbourne, where she is now Australasia’s first salaried DMT researcher.