Dance Therapy Association of Australia

Training Information

The dearth of accredited dance movement therapy training courses in Australasia that can bring practitioners to a professional level (in most professions a Masters degree) is an issue that the DTAA has been working to address for years.

Dance movement therapy training programs in Australasia


Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit, University of Melbourne

A new possibility for post-graduate level DMT study in Australia emerged in 2016. The University of Melbourne has established a Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit, in the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, in which it is expected that post-graduate studies in dance movement therapy will be offered, from Graduate Certificate to PhD level. The Unit’s first PhD scholarships were offered in mid-2016, with future options for DMT scholars likely. DTAA’s President Kim Dunphy is a Mackenzie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Unit, undertaking research in dance movement therapy from mid 2016-2019, and Kim will support the establishment of DMT training programs.
For more information: Dr. Lucy Bolger, Academic Coordinator, Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit (CATRU), VCA & MCM, University of Melbourne.  T: (03) 9035 9496 Email:

IDTIA: International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia, Melbourne

The IDTIA has trained dance movement therapists since 1989 and has run courses at Introductory, Certificate and Advanced Clinical Training levels. The Teaching Faculty, all experienced professional dance movement therapists and teachers currently practising in their respective fields, are graduates of the IDTIA Advanced program who received their training from American dance movement therapist and International educator, Dr Marcia Leventhal PhD CMA ADTR.

For more information: IDTIA website

Diploma of Dance Movement Therapy, Phoenix Institute, Melbourne. COURSE NOW CLOSED

The Diploma of Dance Movement Therapy offered at Phoenix Institute between 2014 and 2015 closed in December 2015, after the Australian Careers Network, who purchased the Institute from Martin Peake in late 2014 were investigated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for a range of serious professional misconducts. The investigation related to on-line training courses that were not offered at the Phoenix premises.  The dance movement therapy program offered at Phoenix was owned by the Australian Dance Movement Therapy Training Group (Kim Dunphy, Jane Guthrie and Linda Murrow) and was not part of the investigation. All 19 students who studied the course through to completion in 2015 graduated after successful completion of nationally accredited standard work.  Enquiries to the ADMTTG:

New Zealand:

Certificate in Dance Movement Therapy, Dance Therapy NZ

This training programme is offered independently by senior dance movement therapists working with Dance Therapy NZ (DTNZ).

For more information: or email

Related training

Graduate Certificate in Movement Based Somatic Therapy
Various locations across Australia.
More details:

Training overseas

The following list provides information about dance movement therapy and other training that may be of interest to dance movement therapists, that has been provided to us for advertising.

A comprehensive list of dance movement therapy training programs is available from the ADTA website.


First UK Certification Programme in Laban Movement Studies
Moving Forth in Scotland is collaborating with Laban Institute for Movement Studies® New York (LIMS® NY) to offer in Scotland an accredited Certification Programme in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies® First UK Certification Programme in Laban Movement Studies
Moving Forth in Scotland bring LMA/BF training from Laban Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS), NY, to the UK.
LMA is not simply a tool to ‘understand, classify and interpret human movement’ but a framework that enables the student to become immersed in their embodied experience of self, offering a new depth of self-knowledge and a clearer awareness of other. Laban Studies raise the profile and volume of non-verbal expression – in artistic and mundane contexts. Those who will benefit from these studies include dance movement therapists, actors, artists, musicians, health and body practitioners.
Programme Coordinator: Karen Studd CMA ISMETA, Principal Assistant: Susan Scarth SrDMP CMA.
Further information, or email


Roehampton University, UK: MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy
The uniquely interdisciplinary MA course in DMP integrates theoretical, experiential and clinical learning, preparing students to practice as dance movement psychotherapists. Cutting edge research cascades into teaching emphasising the social, biological and psychological construction of the moving body and meaning-making. Students are encouraged to develop a self-reflexive practice and the ability for critical reflection on creative processes. On successful completion of the MA students enter the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK professional register.
Programmes: MA DMP. PHD DMP. Foundation Course in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
Enquiries: Course convener Beatrice Allegranti Email: Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 3377
Geoffery Unkovich Lecturer in Dance Movement Psychotherapy Email:
Yeva Feldman Lecturer in Dance Movement Psychotherapy Email:
Centre for Arts Therapies Research CATR

MA Dance & Somatic Well-Being: Connections to the Living Body, University of Central Lancashire
Connections to the Living Body is a unique visionary and pioneering program offering a professional training in Dance & Somatic Movement Education. The program is on the cutting edge of contemporary international practice, exploring the creative skills required to practice with ingenuity, individuality, insight and sensitivity. All sessions are taught in the spirit of self-discovery, non-judgment and self-reflexivity. The course is facilitated through open-ended processes of self-discovery and sensory-imaginal heart-centred educative models.
University of Central Lancashire, School of Creative & Performing Arts Preston PRI 2HE UK
Phone: 0044 (0)1772 892400. Email: | Website


ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Training Association)
Visit ISMETA Website
PO BOX 5903, Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 413-446-6009  Email:


Dance of Life® & Dance Therapy Training Program
Petra Klein and the Jardín Mariposa Team
International Institute for Dance Therapy, IIDT, Jardín Mariposa, Tenerife, España| | |