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Denis Kelynack

Denis Kelynack – Bio


Denis Kelynack, 1927-2010
Denis Kelynack first became aware of dance movement therapy in 1971 at a workshop given by Tamara Greenberg at the Centre for Energetic Studies in San Francisco. Realising that it is possible to bring internal issues into movement and, also using movement to change them, had an enormous impact on Denis who was, at the time, a counselling psychologist. Returning to Australia, Denis enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Movement and Dance to study with Hanny Exiner. On graduating, Denis was invited to teach in that course. His subject, Psychology and Dance, focussed on ways of bringing the Jungian archetypes into human movement. Later, he and Warren Lett worked together to lead the therapy section of a dance therapy subject with Hanny Exiner and Karen Bond. Feeling it was still important to understand the physical or ‘body’ aspects of dance therapy, Denis went on to engage in another project with Hanny Exiner. He and Hanny worked as a duo over three years, where Hanny was the therapist and Denis the client. This resulted in the book Dance Therapy Redefined (Exiner and Kelynack, 1994). Later Denis joined the teaching team in the RMIT dance movement therapy course. His work explored ways in which symbols can lead to a richer dance experience.
Denis was President of the DTAA between 2001 and 2007. As President, Denis worked closely with the core committee and convened a number of sub-committees. During his Presidency, the DTAA achieved membership of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) and the roles of various sub-committees were more closely defined. In retirement Denis returned to the piano, writing songs and choral works, while he continued as a loyal and valued member of the dance therapy community. A conversation between Denis and Jenny Czulak Riley and an article about him, written by Sarah Jones in 1993, were published in Moving On Vol. 7 No’s 3 and 4, 2008 – 2009

Working with Anna Halprin – Reflections

Edition: 2004 Vol. 3 No. 3

Tamalpa Institute, Daria Halprin, ‘life/art process’, transformational dance, Circle the Earth, professional development

Tony Norquay, Viv Neale and Denis Kelynack, each share a reflection on their connection with Anna Halprin. (pp 5-8)

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Reflections of Moment to Moment Creative Change – Penny Best workshops in Melbourne

Edition: 2004 Vol. 3 No. 1

play, supervision, therapeutic relationships, three dimensional relating

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…“Moment to Moment Creative Change’, was a five day event organised by the DTAA and presented by Penny Best. It was a combination of ‘Three dimensional relating’ and ‘Relational Creative Processes Model of Supervision’. The first reflection provides a sense of the overall, highlighting the importance of ‘play’ emphasised by Penny, whilst the other reflections relate more specifically to the content of particular sessions or days.” (pp 20-24)

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The DTAA: the Year Behind and the Year Ahead

Edition: 2002 Vol. 1 No. 1

DTAA formation, Foundation Australian dance therapy, Australian dance therapy history

Two of the founding members of the Dance Therapy Association of Australia (DTAA), Jane Guthrie and Denis Kelynack, reflect on their 2001 origins and describe the intentions and processes required for full professional establishment of the DTAA. Varied roles and responsibilities fulfilled by volunteer members are overviewed including; professional development and membership, sharing knowledge, resources and milestones, as well as the launch of the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation. (pp 5-7)

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