Welcome to the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia

The Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA) is the recognised professional body for dance movement therapy in Australasia. It sets the standards for Professional and Provisional Professional levels of membership, training and supervision. The DTAA also warmly welcomes General and Student members.

The DTAA promotes the growth, development and recognition of the dance movement therapy profession in Australasia by:

  • establishing and maintaining standards for training, research and professional practice
  • providing a means of communication, education and networking between dance movement therapists, other health professionals, employers and clients
  • liaising with other relevant peak and professional bodies
  • providing information and resources for dance movement therapy practitioners, students and the wider community
  • offering Provisional Professional and Professional Membership status to applicants who meet the training criteria, and Associate, Student or Overseas membership to others interested in dance movement therapy.

Member resources include the opportunity for recognition as a dance movement therapist, bi-annual journal, regular news of events, insurance, library and professional development opportunities.


Australian Award for our previous President

DTAA is very proud of Dr Kim Dunphy OAM who received a Medal of the Order of Australia for her work in dance movement therapy. Well done Kim!
More information on the ABC website.



DTAA recognises, acknowledges and respects the ancestors, elders and families of all Indigenous peoples of the lands on which we stand and practice.





NEW -Working Online: Resources for DM therapists during 2020

Colleagues, we are excited to be working with you during this challenging global time as we forge new dance movement therapy pathways in a ‘socially distanced’ world. Your work as practitioners is invaluable, and we are collating resources here to help support you in your work.


Upcoming Events: More information for all of these here

Cellular Breathing for Dance Movement Therapy: Sunday July 19, 5pm – 7pm AEST

This workshop presents the fundamentals of working with the breath for Dance Movement Therapists and body-oriented counsellors and psychotherapists. Download Flyer | Book through TryBooking.

Research Forum: Tuesday 30 June, 5- 6 pm, AEST, 7-8pm NZ.

DTAA members are encouraged to join what is a friendly, energised, ‘book-club’ style experience, engaging participants with research in an open, inclusive, and yet rigorous manner. Research articles will cover a wide range of topics and include studies from both qualitative as well as quantitative research traditions.

Discussion this month focusses on a new article by Professor Sabine Koch that is important for all dance movement therapists: Indications and contraindications in dance movement therapy. Learning from practitioners’ experience, GMS Journal of Arts Therapies, 2019, Vol. 1.

Further information here.

Taking Your DMT Practice Online – Free Webinar for DTAA Members conducted Sunday April 26th. 

Recording available to members here*

*Sincere apologies for the recording at times not being on the speaker.

Taking dance movement therapy online is the topic for this Webinar organised by the DTAA for its members. This is an urgent issue for the many DMTs unable to conduct their normal face-to-face groups and client sessions due to the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus and mandatory physical distancing regulations. Right now, it is not possible for DMT’s in Australasia to continue to practice in the typical way. There is an alternative, however, as we will show in this webinar. During the two-hour event, we aim to:

  • support DTAA DMTs to understand how to modify or expand their practices, or aspects of them, to include online delivery;
  • give DTAA members the confidence to set up online services for clients, should they choose to do so.

Further information, including agenda and presenters available here.

Making Connections Suicide Prevention Program (MCSPP) –

POSTPONED to May 2021 – Expressions of interest open.

Observe – Understand – Respect (OUR)

The Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA) and The Creative Arts and Music Therapy Research Unit of Melbourne University (CAMTRU), are excited to welcome Associate Professor Susan Imus to Melbourne to give a two-day presentation and training that offers a unique approach to suicide prevention.

More information here.

Enquiries: Jane Guthrie 0451924015; Email: info@dtaa.org.au

Resources on the website:

Annual Report 2018-2019 now available here.

Webinar: DTAA’s Competency Standards for Dance Movement Therapy: what are they are, and what do they mean for our profession? 

A recording of this event now available on the Competencies Standards page.

DTAA NDIS resources webinar – now available on-line

Learn more about new DTAA NDIS materials and how they might be used to advance employment options and capability here.  Hosted by President Kim Dunphy and presented by consultant and Prov Prof member Tessa Hens.