ARBN 633105736

Sally Denning

Sally Denning – Bio


Sally Denning, Prof. Member DTAA, Masters in Ed (Dance Movement Therapy), Grad Dip Movement and Dance, Grad Cert Dance Therapy, Grad Cert Leadership in Education & Training, B. Ed, Certificate in Play Therapy, Certification in Choice Theory Counselling. She is also currently completing a PhD in dance movement therapy. Sally has worked with children and adolescents at risk in the education system and conducted extensive training for teachers and other professionals in the field. Currently she works full time at the Australian Childhood Foundation as a Therapeutic Specialist, working clinically with children who have experienced trauma and abuse. Sally has also worked with children with Down Syndrome, adults with MS, depression and those who wish to discover more about themselves. Previously, Sally worked for 14 years as a professional belly dancer and since retiring from this role has, on occasions, applied belly dance as a tool within some of her dance movement therapy sessions.

The importance of Fred: Dance movement therapy with children with complex trauma

Edition: Dance Therapy Collections 4

Keywords: dance movement therapy, trauma, mindfulness, sensory work, play, art

Page #: 67

It is through movement and the felt sense that we learn to experience ourselves in relation to others and our environment. The use of the mind body connection, sensory awareness and dance movement therapy has been implemented by the author to form a comprehensive multi-sensory therapeutic intervention. A case study example is presented to describe the use of dance movement therapy with a traumatised 10-year-old client. Information

is provided on the neurobiology of trauma and how dance movement therapy can assist in trauma recovery. This approach resulted in improved client outcomes including an enhanced ability to self-regulate affect, participate effectively in educational activities, improved social relationships and capacity for empathy.



Dancing Your Sacred Centres: Middle Eastern Dance, Movement Therapy and the Chakra System

Edition: Dance Therapy Collections 3

Middle Eastern dance, dance movement therapy, chakra system

Page #: 127

This paper discusses the combined practice of Middle Eastern Dance, Movement Therapy and the Chakra System and their role in health, wellbeing and personal growth. The researcher draws upon experiences from her private movement therapy practice and research material from a Masters thesis that discusses the therapeutic bene ts of Middle Eastern dance. It is anticipated that this paper will provide potential clients and dance movement therapists with research and case study information about a healthy and enjoyable practice to assist with health issues and provide insights into the physical and psychosocial impact of an ancient art form integrated with contemporary therapeutic practice.


Professional Development Reflections. Becoming Human – workshops run by Penelope Best

Edition: 2014 Vol. 12 Nos. 1-2

February 14-16th 2014 at Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne.

Presenter: Penelope Best.

Reflections: Michelle Royal, Sally Denning, Judith Adcock, Virginia Woods (pp 55-61)

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Reflections on Workshop with Dr Steve Harvey – Dynamic Family Play and Physical Storytelling

Edition: 2006 Vol. 5 Nos. 3-4

Dynamic family play, Physical story telling process, professional development, performance, themes,

Sally describes her participation in this one day workshop which involved games, discussion, embodying concepts and understanding play possibilities for use in family therapy. Potential application of the Physical Storytelling practice is outlined from Steve’s work and from the group’s participation in the process, with one person’s story providing rich experiential learning material for the group. (pp 23-24)

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Review – Helen Payne’s Workshop on “Authentic Movement” I see a Mover

Edition: 2007 Vol. 6 No. 1

therapeutic process, Carl Rogers, somatisisation, impulse work, stillness, therapeutic relationship, group work

Sally gives an introduction of a 3 day workshop that she participated in, by commencing with the 10 ground rules for facilitating an Authentic Movement session. Processes of Authentic Movement and roles of ‘The Mover’ and ‘The Witness’ are described with examples from the workshop. Expressive journal reflections from the workshop are shared giving a sense of the transformative power of this experience. Rob describes her experiences of the workshop by discussing the meaningfulness of the challenges and restrictions of Authentic Movement. Rob also shares the significant shifts and differences she notices within herself post the workshop, supported by the generosity of time offered in the experientials. (pp 22-24)

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Book Review: Arching Backward. The Mystical Initiation of a Contemporary Woman

Edition: 2005 Vol. 4 No. 4

Book Author
Janet Adler

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Reflections: Workshops presented by Penelope Best

Edition: 2006 Vol. 5 No. 1

empathic attunement, supervision, professional development, inquiry, client’s voice, perceptual perspectives

The DTAA was pleased to welcome back Penny Best from the UK in March 2006. Penny, now a frequent visitor to Australia, conducted a five day Professional Development Event. She has become well known to our dance–movement therapy community and this time offered an excellent and stimulating three day event ‘Reflecting, Shifting & Transforming – in – Relation’ and two separate workshops on “Reflected Images: The Supervisor revealed through the Therapist who is revealed Through the Client’. We are very pleased to have received several contributions for publication. Sally Denning provides a reflection on the overall five day event, whilst Robyn Price reports on the 2nd day of the 3 day event and contributes a short poem from the content of the 3rd day. Elizabeth Mackenzie takes an interesting Haiku form approach to distill what she said was “a wonderful exploration of Dance-movement therapy practice and theory in the workshops”, and within this indicates that her perceptions and understanding were heightened by her attendance. (pp 22-26)

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Book Review: Authentic Movement – Moving the Body, Moving the Self, Being Moved Vol. 2

Edition: 2007 Vol. 6 Nos. 3-4

Patrizia Pallaro

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