2nd Edition

Creative Dance and Movement in Groupwork

By Helen Payne Copyright 2020
    372 Pages
    by Routledge

    372 Pages
    by Routledge

    This invaluable resource for teachers and therapists continues to explore the link between movement and emotions presented in the first edition of this innovative book. It provides 180 practical activities with a clear rationale for the use of creative dance and movement to enrich therapy or educational programmes.

    This book features session plans divided into warm-ups, introductions to themes, development of themes and warm-downs and explores many areas, including developmental movement processes, non-verbal communication, and expression communication. In addition to thoroughly updating the content of the original edition, this timely sourcebook includes new material on creative dance and dance movement psychotherapy, added references throughout and updated resources to reflect the most current knowledge.

    Creative Dance and Movement in Groupwork will be an invaluable asset for group leaders wishing to enhance their practice, as well as a starting point for those wishing to learn more about the field. It provides guidance and practical information that is suitable for working with clients of all ages and for those with a professional or practical interest in the educational, health, recreational or psychotherapeutic use of the arts, this book may act as one of many guiding lights on your journey.




    SECTION 1 Background

    SECTION 2 Practical & Theoretical Issues

    SECTION 3 Activities

    SECTION 4 Information

    INDEX Alphabetical list of activities


    Helen Payne has been an educationalist in special education and is one of the leading pioneers in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) in the United Kingdom and abroad. She was a major innovator of DMP in the UK, leading the development of the professional association, the first research and publications and has over 100 publications in book, peer reviewed journals or conference proceeding formats. As well as a small private practice she conducts training in integrative authentic movement and The BodyMind Approach.

    "This new edition of Payne’s classic book is a thorough resource for all professionals using movement and dance activities to stimulate creativity and self-expression for children, adolescents and adults in both recreational, community and therapeutic settings. Payne’s detailed format provides clear information about how to structure activities without being directive; encouraging professionals to use these ideas as guidelines to support or refresh their own skills in exploring the power of dance and movement in groups. This book will especially resonate with all those interested in the mind-body relationship, which has always been at the core of Payne’s work."

    • Suzi Tortora, ED.D., BC-DMT, C.M.A., LCAT, LMHC, dance movement therapist, Dancing Dialogue, USA

    "This is an excellent introduction to the use of movement and dance in groupwork. It presents theoretical foundations supported by research and the long-time practice of Prof. Payne, as well as helpful structures and procedures. The author presents very clearly the differences between the use of movement and dance in DMP and in other professions.

    Readers will find all the significant details needed to know and to consider in order to be successful in helping people in groups benefit from the positive contributions of dance and creative movement.

    Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) has greatly developed in the last decades. There are publications, both books and academic journals, which present advanced research and specific and new applications. This volume fills the need of beginners/students who feel uncertain of how to prepare and organise themselves for their practice. It will be a very good guide and companion that will complement their studies and supervision. As a lecturer in MA training programmes for DMP and as supervisor, I can imagine the smiles of relief of students and professionals in their first stages of their careers when they hold this book in their hands."

    • Hilda Wengrower, Ph.D., DMT, co-editor of The Art and Science of Dance/Movement Therapy: Life is Dance (Routledge, 2009)

    "This new edition of Creative Dance and Movement in Groupwork is a welcome and practical resource for dramatherapists and teachers for its attention to the body and what it can tell us. Payne’s understanding of the power of the body, moving with the body and what is brought from within it underpins this new edition. Updated and widely referencing the latest research in the field of Creative Movement, Payne also offers empathy and understanding of the Creative Arts practitioners’ work and our wide range of client groups. The joy that movement and dance offers is shared in this clearly written new edition and the dramatherapist can explore examples of work within educational, health and community settings."

    • Lindsey Fooks, dramatherapist and teacher, Edge Hill University, UK

    "As a professional trainer in creative movement and dance, I give a thumb’s up to Helen Payne’s expanded version of her first book, which was published in 1990. It is an excellent resource for movement activities that can be applicable for the clinical dance movement therapist, as well as practitioners in health, education and social settings. It is not a "how to do it" manual.

    Particularly important is her emphasis on the creative contribution that the reader of this book will give to any of the activities listed."

    • Marcia Plevin, psychologist, dance movement therapist, co-founder of Creative Movement and Dance: the Garcia-Plevin Method