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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 Associate, Provisional Professional and Professional Membership status to applicants who meet the training criteria, and Student or General 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.





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


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Upcoming Events:

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“Embodying Culture Past, Present and Future: The moving body as a site of cultural reproduction, cultural encounter and cultural co-creation

Presented by Sara ‘Zora’ Boas – MCC, MA, RDMP –dance movement psychotherapist and practising artist who, in this workshop, will draw on anthropological theory, artistic practice, and coaching skills, to enrich and illuminate professional practice through a cultural awareness lens.

Session times:
2 Saturday Evenings.
Session 1 – Saturday 22 May 2021 | Session 2 – Saturday 29 May 2021
Time: 6.00pm to 9.00pm AEST Sydney Time

A Zoom Webinar on two consecutive Saturday evenings.

CLICK HERE to download full event details

DTAA Research Form

Body, Relationship, Space: Dance Movement Therapy as an Intervention in Embodied Social Work With Parents and Their Children

Wednesday 21st April 2021  |  6.00pm-7.15pm (Melb/Syd Time)  |  8.00pm-9.15pm (NZ Time) 75 Minute Zoom

Our next Research Forum will focus on a new article by dance movement therapist and social worker Anna Crooks and lecturer in social work Jo Mensinga.

The article ‘Body, Relationship, Space: Dance Movement Therapy as an Intervention in Embodied Social Work With Parents and Their Children’, discusses two key points:

  • How the field of social work could benefit from incorporating DMT principles into practice;.
  • How the field of DMT could benefit from applying social justice theories on DMT interventions for greater social transformation.

The session will start with a short body movement activity. This will be followed by an introduction to Anna and Jo, who will then present the paper. The forum will then open for discussion. The following questions will be used to guide the discussion:

  • How do participants see their own DMT practice related to social activism and relevant to broader social transformation, rather than just the individual?
  • How much scope do participants have to apply social justice theories to DMT interventions in their own work?
  • What are some of the barriers and challenges DMT practitioners may face in approaching their work as an act of social justice that can potentially affect social transformation?
  • What support do DMT practitioners need to approach their work as an act for social justice that can potentially affect social transformation?
  • How could the dialogue between the fields of social work and DMT be facilitated and enabled?

    Full Details and access to Research Forum Article available to members only.