Analysis Of Dance-Movement Therapy

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Dance-Movement Therapy takes the emotional and expressive aspects of dance to provide a therapeutic experience to the clients. The American Dance Therapy Association defines dance/movement therapy as the “psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual” (ADTA, 2015). It is a form of Expressive Art Therapies. In Dance-Movement Therapy, the body movements are understood as behaviors and are taken as the base for assessment of the individual as well as for building interventions around it. This therapeutic form of dance can be administered in individual or group settings. It can be used with clients reporting medical, physical, psychological, social or emotional issues. Since it is a budding therapeutic approach, it isn’t practiced as much as the other psychotherapies. Dance has been used as a healing tool for thousands of years to signify fertility, birth, sickness and death. But it is only around the starting of 20th century that it found its way to become a therapeutic approach. It started in USA with Marian Chace, a dancer, choreographer and performer. She opened a dance school in Washington DC where she started noticing the effect dance and movement was having on her students. They reported increased well being which made the medical doctors also took notice. They started sending their patients to her academy. When psychiatrists too became of aware of the benefits the mentally ill patients were

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