The Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation
Johanna (Hanny) Exiner was one of the great influences in the development of dance movement therapy in Australia. Many of those who worked in the field in Australia learnt from Hanny not only many valuable skills and insights about dance as therapy but also, most essentially, about the nature of dance itself. In 1997, when she opened the Dance Therapy Conference, she spoke of her implicit beliefs in the aesthetic experience of dance itself as a powerful and healing tool.
Hanny’s life and work were honoured in a special edition of Moving On, the DTAA’s journal, in September 2008. The National Library of Australia’s Australia Dance Collection has more information about Hanny Exiner here.
Formation and Purposes of the Foundation
The Hanny Exiner Fund was established in 2001. Its existence is due to the vision of Hanny’s late husband, Bob, and the generosity and interest of their sons, Ron and Jess Exiner. The Fund is now a Foundation whose major purpose is to provide financial assistance for people undertaking research in the field of dance movement Therapy. It also aims to encourage a broader range of research and to increase understanding of dance movement therapy methodology and its effects. HEMF operates under the auspices of the DTAA.
HEMF Research Grants
Due to an exciting change of relationship between HEMF and the DTAA that has just taken place, the next round of grant applications has been postponed until early 2022. HEMF has become an incorporated Association in its own right. Although now two separate organisations, both HEMF and the DTAA will continue to work together, as needed, for the mutual benefit of dance movement therapy in Australasia.
This move to delay the next round of applications will give the Foundation’s new trustees (the HEMF committee) time to adjust procedures accordingly. The next round of grant applications will be open from the beginning of February and close on the last Friday of April (29th). Going forward, the grant will be offered annually, closing on the last Friday of April. In the interim, members of the HEMF Committee are still available to answer enquiries or offer support.
Contact: Heather Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
More information: Grant Criteria & Application Forms | Previous Awardees
HEMF Research Resources
The HEMF Research Resources page has been set up in response to the growing interest in and need for our community to conduct research into our dance movement therapy practice. This wish was strongly expressed at the Dance Movement Therapy Conference, “Broadening the Spectrum”, in 2015. At that time, the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation undertook to establish an online research resources site for the Australasian dance movement therapy community. We have chosen to start with two key areas:
- The basics of putting together a research submission (for HEMF or other organisations)
- Listing and description of Australasian dance movement therapy research studies.
HEMF Professional Development Grants for Dance Movement Therapy
The Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation offers Professional Development Grants to promote access to professional development for individuals with a significant interest in increasing their expertise in dance movement therapy. These grants will be for those individuals who might not otherwise be able to avail themselves of an opportunity to participate in professional development activities such as workshops, seminars and conferences. Details of future grants will be posted when available.
HEMF Annual Achievement Award
The Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation presents an annual award, the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation Achievement Award, to recognise a new, significant piece of writing or other contribution that advances the field of dance movement therapy or exceptional service to the profession. The award is decided by the HEMF Committee on the basis of an annual review of contributions to the DTAA journal Moving On and/or in consideration of recommendations from members of the dance movement therapy community. The award comprises a gift and citation and is presented at the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia’s Annual General Meeting.
2020: Naomi Aitchson
2019: Anaia Treefoot and Kim Dunphy
2018: Suzie Graham Kuzmanovski in memoriam
2017: Jennifer Helmich
2016: Sally Denning
2014: Naomi Audette (Mirabai Light) in memoriam
2013: Tony Norquay
2012: Anna Ganz
2011: Mary Builth
2010: Jenny Czulak Reilly
2009: Denis Kelynack
2008: Elizabeth Loughlin
2007: Sandra Kay Lauffenburger
2006: Michelle Royal
2005: Heather Hill
HEMF Memorial Address
The Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation sponsors a keynote address at DTAA conferences, with a leading DM therapist from Australasia invited to make a presentation to the delegates.
The Foundation invites donations to support research and dissemination of research findings. Donations should be addressed to The Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation and sent to:
H.E.M.F., C/O DTAA
P.O. Box 641, Carlton South,
HEMF Managing Committee
Convener: Mandy Agnew
Treasurer: Ron Exiner
Research C0-Ordinator: Heather Hill
Secretary: Teri McNeil & Jane Guthrie (Assistant Secretary)
General Committee: Beatrice Lucas
Mandy Agnew: 0437 348 808
Grant Criteria-Research in DMT
Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation in DMT
Criteria for selection of recipients for research of Dance Movement Therapy-Development Grants
Deadline for 2022 Grant Application is Friday 29 April 2022