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Dance therapy

What is dance therapy?

Dance therapy refers to the use of physical movement is a therapeutic context, aiding the expression of emotions and experiences. The American Dance Therapy Association defines dance therapy as the “psychotherapeutic use of movement for furthering emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration of the individual.” Dance therapy does not entail any specific or choreographed therapeutic ‘dance’; instead, the therapeutic nature of dance is completely individualised, and guided by a therapist based on an individual’s needs.

What is the evidence for dance therapy?

Dance therapy refers to the use of physical movement is a therapeutic context, aiding the expression of emotions and experiences. The American Dance Therapy Association defines dance therapy as the “psychotherapeutic use of movement for furthering emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration of the individual.” Dance therapy does not entail any specific or choreographed therapeutic ‘dance’; instead, the therapeutic nature of dance is completely individualised, and guided by a therapist based on an individual’s needs.

 

May 2016

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