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.


Current Moves (our e-newsletter)

Upcoming Events: More information for all of these here

Sunday 11 October 2020 1:15pm-5:00pm AEST

(3 hours CPD)
DTAA’s Annual General Meeting during which matters affecting the membership will be presented for questions and approval, as well as a celebration of our new members. Click Here to Download AGM 2020 Document Package

Spiralling Inward: Interoception as a Dance and Somatic Movement Therapy Practice and Process

An online workshop presented by Dr. Amber Gray
Sunday 27 September, 2020 – 9:30am to 12:30pm AEST
This 3-hour workshop will combine science, spirit and experiential processes to refine and enhance our interoceptive abilities, a radical act of micro-empowerment.
Click here to book.  Full event details Download Brochure.

Research Forum for September: DMT/ DMPT in times of Covid 19

Wed 30 Sep, 5:30-6:30pm AEST; 7:30-8:30pm NZT
Our friendly monthly discussion group of latest research relevant to DMT, this month addresses DMT/ DMPT in times of Covid 19. Hosted by Kim Dunphy, with discussant Brigitte Puls introducing three short articles. This free event is for DTAA members only: article, discussion questions and Zoom link here.

DTAA’s Annual General Meeting Weekend

Saturday 10 October 2020 9:30am-12:30pm AEST
(3 hours CPD)

Workshop 1: Dance Movement Therapy Models and Measures

Three distinct population groups will be highlighted experientially in this workshop. The DM Therapists will present the models they use, with their personal influences on them, together with their assessment procedures. The chance to see how various DMTs organize their program delivery, whilst ensuring that their work is evidence based, will be provided.

Book Now (Members Only Event)
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Saturday 10 October 2020 1:30pm-4:30pm AEST
(3 hours CPD)

Workshop 2: A Celebration of Dance – Indigenous Dance Practices and DMT

As the second half of our pre-AGM day, the DTAA is delighted to welcome you to a joyful afternoon of dancing with your fellow DTAA members, a rare opportunity to embody the dance practices of four diverse cultures: Indigenous Australian, Indigenous New Zealand or Maori, Japanese, and African.

Book Now (Members Only Event)
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Resources on the website:

HEMF Professional Development: Guidelines for Developing a Research Project

The Hanny Exiner Memorial Fund are excited to share with you a Professional Development opportunity that you can enjoy anytime.  In this interview, Steve Harvey discusses multiple approaches to research methodology and then explores with Natalie Poole a potential DMT research project.  We hope that this inspires DM Therapist that maybe interested to share their work and knowledge through research to support the development of DMT. A gentle reminder, Grant applications are due Friday 18th September. More…