Dance Therapy in Dementia

person-centred, engagement, connection, aesthetics, quality of life, transformation

This article was made available to the DTAA by kind permission of Stirling. It was first published in Dementia Now, Vol. 7, no. 6, Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling. web:

Heather’s article gives a succinct and clear description of dance therapy and its particular contribution in the context of dementia care. Within a group dmt context the relational values of person-centred connection, embodied communication and conversation inform the work, giving way for individuals to be themselves. The “magic” of transformation is one of a myriad of whole person benefits over-viewed, as well as the positive contributions dmt can offer to attending staff and family. (pp 27-31)

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