Dance therapy is alive and well in 2012 and stands strong in this tumultuous time in our history. This year’s ADTA conference in Albuquerque, NM was a colorful collage of connection, new ideas, creativity, and deep wisdom. The International Balloon Fiesta was the perfect backdrop for this meeting, as we all felt lifted by one another’s support and enthusiasm. In the two days that I attended workshops I experienced dance through drumming, touch, eco-therapy, clinical assessment, and trauma exploration. Dance as therapy is crucial to the healing of humanity’s wounds; the evidence cannot be ignored. So wherever you are, dance strong, dance loud, and dance often. You owe it to yourself.
So happy to see the media paying attention to the success of mind-body therapies in treating trauma symptoms with Veterans and military members.
Really interesting branch of psychology that I have just become aware of. I used to teach hip hop dance classes and have always found this form of dance to be quite therapeutic. Check out their website!
There is a new educational video created by Veterans Health Administration about the recreation and creative arts therapies. Dance therapy is mentioned and I make a short appearance leading a group of Veterans in a dance therapy session. This video is a great resource and potential teaching tool for recreation and creative arts therapists. If interested in a copy, I will connect you with the person who faciltates the project.
My research on mirror neurons and DMT is discussed in this recently published book. Please check it out if you get the opportunity. Thanks!