Board and Executive

The Board has a responsibility to DTAA members to fulfil the organization’s functions as expressed in its objectives, which are part of the Constitution. The objectives are to improve the health, wellbeing and creativity of the people of Australasia, by improving the quality and expanding the reach of dance movement therapy in Australasia. This is achieved by providing identity, representation and criteria for certification and registration (Professional Membership) of Australasian dance movement therapists. The Association’s activities include providing opportunities for networking, publishing a journal, producing professional literature, organising in-services and conferences (continuing professional development), establishing resources (library; responding to enquiries) and addressing industrial and /or employment issues.

To achieve these objectives, a number of Committees undertake specific tasks and report back to the Board. These are Governance; Ethics; Finance; Publications; Professional Membership; PACFA liaison;  Professional Development;  Research; Training and Education; Marketing and Promotions; and the Hanny Exiner Memorial Fund. Other specific projects arise from time to time, such as the current Competency, NDIS and Supervision projects that are led by sub-committees. All DTAA activities or business come under one of these committees. The General Committee meets monthly by Zoom and at least annually in person at the Annual General Meeting.

An Executive Committee comprising the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer provide leadership for the Board.

Board Members

                                Sandra Lauffenburger (President; Convener, Professional Membership Committee; Convener,

                                                  Competencies Committee)

Sandra Kay Lauffenburger, B.Ed. M.Sc. B.Soc.Sci.(Hons Psych), DTAA (Prof. DMT) Reg. 203-01, PACFA Clinical Member & Supervisor (Reg. 020209), Certified Laban Movement Analyst

Sandra works in private practice as a dance movement and somatic psychotherapist. Her therapeutic focus is chronic illness, psychosomatic issues, and childhood developmental trauma. For more than two decades, she has taught movement analysis and dance movement therapy around the world, including for the Wesley Institute (Australia and Canada), IDTIA and DTAA (Australia) and the Apollo Institute (PRC). Her professional focus is integrating movement analysis theories with psychodynamic frameworks to support dance movement therapists toward greater efficacy in their work.  Currently, she offers this combination to DMT supervisees who work with individuals.

Prior to taking on the role of Secretary, Sandra has acted on the Board of DTAA for three years. She convenes the Professional Membership Committee which supported the growth in Professional Membership over the past three years, developed a Register of Professional Members, established CPD auditing procedures, and is currently streamlining the application process. Additionally, Sandra convenes the Governance Committee, which wrote DTAA’s Constitution (adopted in 2018) and is currently compiling bylaws for the association’s governance procedures.  She is a member of the Competency Committee which wrote the new Competency Standards (also adopted in 2018), and in 2017 she led the development of DTAA’s definition of dance movement therapy.  Sandra passionately believes that DMT is the ‘complete’ psychotherapy as it works with all aspects of the person in ways unique from other psychotherapies and creative arts therapies.  In addition to teaching and supervising, she spends time writing on DMT’s uniqueness.

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Connor Kelly (Vice-President; Convener, Ethics Committee)

Guam, Pacific
MA, BC-DMT, LPC, Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy New York University(USA), Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist (USA), Licensed Professional Counselor (Colorado, USA). Over 30 years in the field of dance/movement therapy including in-depth knowledge and practice of authentic movement, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Physical Storytelling. Based in New Plymouth, New Zealand with a consulting and private practice, offers: therapy, supervision, and training workshops.

Prior to her Vice President role on the DTAA board Connor served as Convenor of Regional Representatives (now branches),  member on the PMC and Constitution committee, as well as Education Chair on the ADTA and president and vice president of two Chapters in the USA, Her passion for the profession of Dance/movement Therapy drives her service for the growth.promotion and access to this work and the health of those living in Australasia.

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                                      Eileen McDonald (Secretary; Convener, Governance Committee; Convener,

                                                     Supervision Committee)

Cert IV Training & Assessment, BA Communications & Drama, TC (Dance), Grad Dip Dance Therapy, M Counselling
Eileen has been teaching and choreographing community arts, folk dance and sacred forms of dance internationally for more than 30 years. Eileen trained in DMT with the IDTIA and Wesley Institute. Her dance movement therapy experience since 1989 includes work in community, clinical and educational facilities with aged care & dementia, children/adolescents, disability, carers, mental health, and with refugee & migrant populations. She has been a lecturer in the Wesley Institute Graduate Diploma of Dance/Movement course, is a member of the DTAA National Committee, and a supervisor for IDTIA. Eileen provides DMT & expressive arts therapy presentations and workshops at Australian and international mental health, disability and performing arts conferences.
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Francoise Bale (Treasurer; Convener, Finance Committee)

Central Coast, NSW.

Grad Dip DMT( Wesley), Production Engineering Certificate( TAFE Sydney), Professional Dancer, RAD (Scully -Borovansky).

Programs for children with Learning difficulties and behavioural problems, mentored children with Kidshope World Vision, working with school and community organisations supporting children and youth, conducted workshops for Anxiety and wellness. Currently working with Elderly and Dementia. Francoise has a gentle caring approach to create a safe and fun-filled space using dance and movement as well as drawing to facilitate expression where applicable.

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                                    Kim Dunphy (Past – President; Convener, NDIS Committee)

Kim Dunphy, BA, Grad Dip Movement Dance, M.Ed, PhD, DTAA (Prof. DMT), has worked as a dance educator and therapist in a range of settings, including community groups, schools, hospitals and disability services. She has lectured in dance education at Deakin and Melbourne Universities and dance movement therapy at RMIT University and Phoenix Institute. Kim is currently a Mackenzie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she is exploring her interests in assessment and evaluation of DMT.

Prior to her role as President, Kim was Vice-President for almost a decade, with contributions to the DTAA in other roles prior to that. Kim has a lifelong passion for dance and its contribution to a good life, and her work in dance therapy enables others to have that enjoyment as well. Kim views her work with the DTAA as essential, given the small size and relative youth of our profession. She believes that DM therapists need to work together to improve the quality and reach of our services and that the DTAA is a vital agent in that task.

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Robyn Price (Co-Convener, Professional Development Committee)

BA, Grad Dip Movt & Dance, Grad Dip Dance Therapy, M Gestalt Therapy
Prof. DMT, GANZ.
Robyn is a dance movement therapist and Gestalt psychotherapist whose approach is gentle, supportive, body inclusive and trauma-informed. Where appropriate, she draws on creative processes that include dance- and music-making, drawing and sand-tray, to explore or deepen understanding. She finds these nonverbal approaches particularly helpful when working with traumatic or early-life issues, where words are unavailable.
Robyn works with individuals and groups, in private practice and within organisations, and her experience encompasses mental health (anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, trauma, eating disorders), addiction recovery, aged care/dementia care, loss and grief, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, life transitions, adults with disabilities, and children with developmental or learning issues. She has lectured/tutored in DMT training programs and offers DMT supervision. Areas of interest: The body in psychotherapy, the effects and treatment of developmental trauma, adult attachment processes, creativity in therapy, developmental movement,  authentic movement, Body Mind Centering/somatic processing.

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                                  Jane Guthrie (Convener, Publications Committee; Co-Convener, Professional

                                                       Development Committee)

Jane Guthrie

Jane Guthrie, B. App. Sc. Phyty, Grad Dip Movement and Dance, Dance Therapy Certificate, M. Ed {Advanced Studies in Movement and Dance}, DTAA (Prof. DMT), is an experienced dance movement therapist, physiotherapist and Certified Movement Analyst who was formerly Head of Department in a busy rehabilitation hospital. She has lectured in dance movement therapy at IDTIA, Phoenix Institute and RMIT University. Jane is skilled in working with clients who have head injuries, work-related injuries and other neurological problems. She incorporates dance movement therapy as part of a holistic approach to her clients’ needs, using a combination of functional and expressive approaches to movement. Jane is an Associate Editor for the international journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. She was the DTAA’s President between 2007 and 2015 and is editor of the journal Moving On.

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Juliette Kirkwood (Liaison to PACFA)

AssocDip, BAppSc, Grad Dip DMT, DTAA (Prof DMT) Reg. No. 208-01; PACFA Reg. Provisional 25337

Juliette has been a dance movement therapist since 2005 including lecturing in the Graduate Diploma of Dance Therapy at Wesley Institute for five years. Juliette has facilitated dance movement therapy sessions in a psychiatric hospital setting and more recently with the benevolent society. Her work includes both inpatient and outpatient programs dealing with a wide range of mental health issues. Juliette has developed DMT programs for specific client groups in the community such as Aboriginal women’s health retreats, Arabic women’s health, general women’s health and Authentic Movement workshops for the community.

Juliette is a partner in private practice: mBodyWisdom, which offers a variety of services including private DMT sessions as well as group, community and corporate programs. Juliette’s specialises in adult mental health including psychiatric disorders, women’s mental health, drug and alcohol misuse and complex trauma in adult survivors of child abuse.

Juliette’s diverse background enables her to bring an understanding of a wide range of dance movement therapists settings to her role as PACFA Liaison Officer. Juliette considers the DTAA’s relationship with PACFA as crucial in the overall strategic plan for DTAA. Juliette is passionate about communication and understanding between PACFA and the DTAA to facilitate a mutually beneficial outcome for all stakeholders.

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Maeve Larkin  (Convener, Marketing and Promotions Committee)

Maeve Larkin B.Ed, DTAA (Prof.DMT) Reg. 209-01, PACFA Reg.22126, Dip.Counselling.

Maeve facilitates DMT groups for people living with dementia in aged care and the community. Maeve has experience working with adults with intellectual disabilities and facilitating workshops for the general public. She also offers private counselling and DMT sessions. She has extensive experience of somatic approaches, particularly Bodymind Centering. Maeve’s current interest is using DMT and her teaching skills to increase aged care volunteers understanding and use of non-verbal communication when interacting with people living with dementia.

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Sue Mullane (Convener, Training and Education Committee; Co-convener, Research Committee)

B. Ed., Grad. Dip. Educational Studies – Special Education, Grad. Dip. Movement Dance, M. Ed. (DMT), Certificate IV- Training and Assessment, DTAA (Prof. DMT) is an experienced educator and dance movement therapist. Early in her teaching career, she taught in primary and secondary mainstream schools where her involvement with dance in education in Wollongong, NSW, included a role as inaugural Regional Dance Consultant, K-12. Once qualified in dance movement therapy, Sue worked with a focus on disability and trauma with adults and children in a variety of Melbourne-based education, community and health settings. For the past ten years, she was a movement specialist in a large, special developmental school where she supported students with intellectual disability and other complex needs. Sue has completed research, presented and published on dance movement therapy and trauma recovery, and assessment of outcomes in school-based therapeutic movement programs. She has lectured in dance movement therapy at La Trobe University, Ikon Institute of Australia, and Phoenix Institute. Sue is currently a PhD candidate (Deakin University) where she is exploring what arises as personal and social knowledge through participation in shared improvised movement.

                               Ella Dumaresq (Co-convener, Research Committee)

Melbourne CBD, Inner city area, northern suburbs, western suburbs (Footscray area), eastern suburbs.
Organisation Name: Integral Body Motion
Diploma of Dance Movement Therapy, Phoenix Institute 2014 Bachelor of Arts, Monash University – First Class Honours in German Studies, 2012. Advanced RAD classical ballet technique (Royal Academy of Dance)
Ella is dance movement therapist and graduate researcher at CATRU (Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit), University of Melbourne. Based at VCA & MCM, Ella’s PhD project is about exploring women’s experiences and perceptions of exiting prison and transitioning into community. Dance movement therapy is the primary mode of inquiry for this project, and collaborative models of research and practice underscore this study. As a dancer, practitioner, and researcher, Ella is interested in the ways in which arts based practices and embodied inquiry can help inform and strengthen both practice and theory within the Creative Arts Therapies and beyond. Ella has also been practicing within Aged Care since graduating from DMT her studies in 2014.
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           Tracey Nicholson (Convener, Training Organizations Committee)

Bachelor of Education, Diploma of dance movement Therapy, Diploma of Contemporary Pilates & Teaching Methodology, Graduate Certificate in Movement Based Somatic Therapy, Level 4 member of the Australian Pilates Method Association, Grad Cert in Pilates-based Rehabilitation.
Areas of specialty include children and adolescents particularly behavioural problems; children with anxiety disorders, chronic illness & has extensive experience in education, mental health & rehabilitation. Tracey is CEO of Tensegrity Training – a Registered Training Organisation (#60182) that offers Nationally Accredited training in Pilates Instruction and Somatics & Dance-Movement Therapy – a post- graduate qualification in Movement Therapy & Somatic Psychotherapy drawing on the framework of Laban Movement Analysis, Developmental Movement & Dance Therapy. Can offer mentoring and placement for emerging dance movement Therapists as well as provide supervision by phone or Skype for dance movement Therapists who are not in the area.  Mob: 0400 600 360 / Email: Web:


                         Mandy Agnew (Convener, Hanny Exiner Memorial Fund)

Eastern suburbs, Melbourne city
IDTIA Advanced Dip of DMT. Offers individual sessions for those who wish to explore life through movement. Experience with fragile elders with dementia, mothers and babies experiencing postnatal depression, young children and teenagers challenged by Autism/Aspergers, children/teens experiencing social and emotional hardship. Currently working weekly with young people with special needs. Also Mandy facilitates a weekly woman’s personal growth and self-exploration session called Authentic Balance-Authentic Movement.
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