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Dance and Creativity within Dance Movement Therapy
International Perspectives

ISBN 9780429442308
Published October 26, 2020 by Routledge
324 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Dance and Creativity within Dance Movement Therapy discusses the core work and basic concepts in dance movement therapy (DMT), focusing on the centrality of dance, the creative process and their aesthetic-psychological implications in the practice of the profession for both patients and therapists.

Based on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary inputs from fields such as philosophy, anthropology and dance, contributions examine the issues presented by cultural differences in DMT through the input of practitioners from several diverse countries. Chapters blend theory and case studies with personal, intimate reflections to support critical descriptions of DMT interventions and share methods to help structure practice and facilitate communication between professionals and researchers.

The book’s multicultural, multidisciplinary examination of the essence of dance and its countless healing purposes will give readers new insights into the value and functions of dance both in and out of therapy.

Table of Contents

Part I: About Dance; 1. Dance Comes to the Frontstage in Dance Movement Therapy; 2. Back to Basics: The Aesthetic, Poetic, and Contemplative Movements’ Attributes That Heal in Dance Movement Therapy; 3. On the possibility of Authentic Movement: A Philosophical Investigation; 4. The Invisible of the Dancing Body; Part II. Research; 5. The Significance of Dance in Dance Movement Therapy: An International Online Survey with DMT Novices; 6. A Way to Embodiment through Aesthetic Relationship: Transformational Body Tracings; 7. "Being Moved" as a Therapeutic Factor of Dance Movement Therapy; 8. Wording the Complexity of Dance Movement Therapy: A Scoping Review on How Dance Movement Therapists Describe Their Clinical Practice; 9. Creating Breeds Creating; 10. Creating the Dance of Self: A Stage Theory of the Creative Process in Dance/Movement Therapy; Part III: Practice; 11. Dancing Activism: Choreographing the Material with/in Dementia; 12. Seeing with the Heart: The Aesthetics of Dance/Movement Therapy with Older Adults and People with Dementia; 13. Dance-Rhythm-Therapy for Patients with Parkinson's disease; 14. Dance Movement Therapy and Psycho-Social Rehabilitation: Model Sampoornata; 15. Asian Cultural Body, Dance, and Therapy: A Korean Perspective; 16. Dance/Movement Therapy in Japan and Its Cultural Roots; 17. Dance Movement Therapy and Flamenco: Relationships through Traditional Rhythms; 18. Time, Space, and an Aesthetics of Survival: Dance/Movement Therapy and Embodied Imagination after Unimaginable Loss; 19. As the Dance Winds Down: Coping with Aging as a Dance Therapist.

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Hilda Wengrower, PhD, DMT, is co-editor with Sharon Chaiklin of The Art and Science of Dance Movement Therapy: Life is Dance and has published papers and chapters in multiple languages on subjects related to dance movement therapy. She teaches internationally.

Sharon Chaiklin, BC, DMT, is a founding member and past president of the American Dance Therapy Association and past president of the Marian Chace Foundation. She has worked clinically for many years and taught internationally.


"Heartfelt admiration and appreciation to Sharon Chaiklin and Hilda Wengrower as they envision and co-create a completely new edited collection together with leading members of the international Dance/Movement Therapy community. The reader is a privileged witness."  

Joan Chodorow, Ph.D., BC-DMT, author of Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology: The Moving Imagination

"The editors offer a precious and original contribution to the development of new perspectives for DMT in the contemporary world. It is an effective tool to update as a dance therapist and also to dialogue with colleagues from other professions in light of shared scientific acquisitions. New research and applications testify to the vitality of this discipline within different cultures. This book represents an important didactic support for dance movement therapists and a stimulating encounter for other experienced professionals."

Vincenzo Puxeddu, M.D., Ph.D., DMT, EADMT President (European Association Dance Movement Therapy), co-director DMT Master program Paris University