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Naomi Aitchison

Naomi Aitchison – Bio


Naomi Aitchison was awarded Life Membership of the DTAA in 1997. Naomi worked for 17 years as a dance movement specialist with a variety of populations but largely in settings for elderly and psychogeriatric clients. She has also been an educator for other practitioners and students. She was one of the Victorian committee members of the Australian Association for Dance Education (now Ausdance) who in the early 1980s initiated a number of Dance Special Interest Groups, one of which was for dance teachers and others using dance with populations of disadvantaged people. She maintained her commitment to the growth and professionalism of dance as therapy, becoming a member of both the Working Party and Steering Committee which led to the launching of the DTAA in 1994.
As a founding member of the DTAA she remained on its committee for many years, taking on a number of duties including President, Librarian and Resource Officer. In addition she was co-editor of the DTAA’s newsletter from its inception and has continued her editorial role, fostering the newsletter’s development into the Association’s professional journal – Moving On – of which she is also co-editor. Together with others she helped to establish the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation, on whose Managing Committee she has remained since its inauguration and of which she is Convenor. In addition to her ongoing support for dance movement therapy, she has, since retiring from paid work, taught creative movement and dance at U3A Hawthorn, which she enjoys immensely.

Moving On journal: Special Issue: Focus on Dr. Marcia B. Leventhal Volume 11, No. 1-2

Edition: 2013 Vol. 11 Nos. 1-2

Edited by Jane Guthrie with Naomi Aitchison and others

This collection of writings by Dr. Marcia Leventhal includes reprints of historic articles, and some articles not previously published. It includes writings on the influences that led to Dr Leventhal’s strong views about the essential nature of dance as a therapy; the impact she had on the development of dance therapy and the emergence of dance therapy in Australia. The issue also contains the history of the successful dance movement therapy training program that Dr. Leventhal set up in Australia that can be read about in contributions from Tony Norquay and Jennifer Helmich.

There are also writings by others about her work and reminiscences from friends, colleagues and students, including Iris Rifkin-Gainer, Patricia Capello, Jane Wilson Cathcart, Anne Marie Ruta Buchanan and Professor M. Linda Graham from the USA. Jenny Czulak Riley, Elizabeth Loughlin, Elizabeth Mackenzie, Jane Refshauge, Naomi Audette and Fran Ostroburski are some of the contributors from Australia, along with Gerry Harrison and Amanda Kougioufa from the UK, and Nina Alkalay from Greece. The volume is generously illustrated with many photographs from Dr. Leventhal’s career as a dancer, actor, therapist and dance therapy educator. This impressive record of one of the pioneers of dance movement therapy would make a valuable addition to the collection of anyone interested in the history of dance movement therapy education and practice.

Bibliography of writings by Dr. Marcia Leventhal
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Peggy Hackney – in Melbourne

Edition: 2007 Vol. 6 Nos. 3-4

Laban, Bartenieff Movement Analysis, The Movement Choir, creating community, DTAA Conference, Professional development

This brief article gives an extended biography of Peggy’s work, reflecting on her visit to Australia in 2007 for the DTAA’s ‘Weaving the threads’ conference. As the keynote speaker for this conference, her speech is referred to in addition to ‘The Movement Choir’ that was facilitated by Peggy. (p.14)

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A Conversation With Jenny Czulak Riley

Edition: 2010 Vol. 9 Nos. 1-2

Ballet, performance, theatre, Children’s radio, DMT philosophy, embodiment, professional development

Naomi Atchinson interviewed Jenny, covering a wide spectrum of topics including Jenny’s early work developing ABC radio material for children’s expressive dance to her later work and publication Growing Older Dancing On. Her wide influence and active support of the development of the DTAA, including the philosophical challenges to define and describe dmt, are also discussed in relation to another of Jennn’y publications Dance Therapy Redefined. Jenny’s passion, fortitude and vision for the profession shine’s throughout this article. (pp 4-9)

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Edition: 2011 Vol. 9 Nos. 3-4

A full edition with reflections on Australian octogenarian dance-movement therapy pioneer – Mary Builth, conference papers and reports focussing from Australia’s: ‘Arts and Health International Conference’ and the ADTA’s annual conference are presented. A new peer reviewed section and the DTAA’s latest publication is reviewed, with the inclusion of articles on the fields of DMT in special education, developing your business and movement in the field of expressive arts. Tributes to Naomi Audette/ Mirabai Light are shared.

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Edition: 2012 Vol. 10 Nos. 1-2

This issue of Moving On focuses on writings related to Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), including some from dance movement therapists (DMTs) who are also Certified Movement Analysts (CMAs) and/or CMA’s with backgrounds in other somatic movement practices.

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