What does Dance Movement Therapy propose?

According to the Argentine Association of Dance Therapy (AADT) dance movement therapy (DMT) is "the therapeutic and / or psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance that seeks to favor processes of emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration". The way we move is the product of thought patterns, and in the same way, various ways of moving and expressing ourselves through the body directly affect thought and emotions.

DMT originated in the United States in the 1940s by dancers and dancers who began to explore the therapeutic effects of dance and movement in neurotic and psychotic patients, in people with traumas and with organic or mental illnesses . Some of the most important references are Marian Chace, Trudi Schoop, Lilian Espenak, Mary Whitehouse, among others.

Movement is considered as the unit of analysis, as is the word in verbal psychotherapies. It works by generating conditions of availability so that the repertoire of body movements is expanded, thus also expanding the thought patterns and the range of emotional experiences that can be experienced.

It is beneficial both for people with various disabilities or pathologies and for those who want to deepen their knowledge of themselves, have the need to heal past traumas or face specific situations of each stage of the life cycle.


Body and mind interact as a unit, and a modification in any of them influences the whole person

Movement is a process loaded with symbolism, which makes it possible to easily reflect unconscious processes

The body is a record of marks that cannot be expressed by the word, or that require a non-verbal approach prior to the appearance of the word<br>

Creativity and art in movement allow experimenting with new ways of being and being in the everyday world

A safe space and the careful accompaniment of the therapist dance favor the exploration of the internal world of the consultant and personal expression

The therapeutic group space allows exploring new ways of bonding and creating bonds with characteristics different from those we know