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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; Workplace Development (including NDIS), 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 Supervision project that are led by sub-committees. All DTAA activities or business come under one of these committees. The General Committee meets approximately monthly by Zoom and if possible, annually in person at the Annual General Meeting.

An Executive Committee comprising the President, President-Elect (currently vacant), Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer provide leadership for the Board.



Elizabeth Connor Kelly (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).


Mioi Forster-Nakayama (Secretary; Convener, Workplace Development Committee)

MA in Dance and Movement Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths, University of London, Diploma in Movement Arts (Attakkalari Centre for Arts and Mixed Media, Bangalore, India), BA in Sociology (St.Paul’s University)

Email: / Web:

Tracey Nicholson (President-Elect; 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.

Mob: 0400 600 360 / Email:  / Web:

Robyn Price
(Treasurer; Co-Convener, Professional Development Committee)

BA, Grad Dip Movt & Dance, Grad Dip Dance Therapy, M Gestalt Therapy
Prof. DMT, GANZ.

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Board Members


Sandra Kay Lauffenburger (Convener, Professional Membership Committee)

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


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

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


Virginia Woods (Convener, Training and Education Committee)

Bachelor of Arts, Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Masters by Supervision- Melbourne Institute of Expressive and Creative Arts Therapies, Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance, Graduate Diploma in Dance Therapy


Brigitte Puls (Convener, Research Committee)

Clinical Psychologist (NZ reg), Psychotherapist (NZ reg), Dances of Universal Peace cert leader (MDUPANZ), Supervisor (ATI cert.).


Theresa Jackson (Convener, Gender, Diversity and Culture Committee)

B.A Dance NYU, M.A Dance Therapy NYU, Grad. Dip.Ed. UTS, Adult and Community Ed. UTS, Migrant, Asylum and Refugee Grad. Cert. Charles Sturt University.

Tel: 02 9660 5683 / Email:

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