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.


Current Moves (our e-newsletter)

Upcoming Events: More information for all of these here

Research Forum: 
Tuesday 16th March 2021 commencing 6.00pm (Syd/Melb Time)

Fresh off the press: the Arts in Psychotherapy Journal has just published a peer reviewed article ‘Moving forwards with competence: Developing industry competency standards for dance movement therapists across Australasia’ by three professional DTAA members: the late Dr Kim Dunphy (OAM), Sandra Lauffenburger (DTAA President) and Dr Sally Denning.

We are delighted to have the convener of the Competency Standards Committee and one of the article authors, Dr Sally Denning, introduce this work at our first Research Forum (RF) for 2021.

For full details on the Research Forum, log into the members’ section of the website.

Did you miss the DTAA Special Awards Ceremony at our 2020 Annual General Meeting?

Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients!