Principles of Dance/Movement Therapy

Principles of Dance/Movement Therapy
Goodill & Morningstar 1993
Body and Mind are extrictably linked in the process or growth and development.

Movement heightens sensation, kinesthesia, and proprioceptive functions in such as way as to make the body image a dynamic, rather than static aspect of self-concept.

The movement channel is our first communication system and is established in infancy. The nonverbal mode is available to those who cannot successfully utilize verbalization in therapy, or to express that which is verbally inaccessible.

The therapeutic relationship can be successfully established at a nonverbal level via movement interaction.

The creative process, with the elements of improvisation and symbolic express, is inherently therapeutic in nature.


Principles of Dance Movement Therapy
Marian Chace 1993

Body Action
Therapeutic Relationship
Rhythmic Group Activity

According to Marion Chace, “dance is communication and thus fulfills a basic human need.” (Foundations of Dance/Movement Therapy p.77-81)
Please answer those questions only base on the materials that I upload ,don’t copy and paste . paraphrase and analyze the materials

Body Action
• How does a person hold his/her body?
• How does a person move?
• Where is his/her movement limited?
• How is his/her breathing?
• How does a person experience the action of his/her body?
• Are their postural changes that relate to psychic shift?
• What is the relationship between one’s motility and emotional expression?

• What is the larger meaning behind this movement?
• What is the underlying complexity of thought or emotion?
• How does this symbol help the person to recall a memory?
• How is the person able to reenact this moment or experience?
• How is this re-experience different form the original experience?

Therapeutic Movement Relationship
• How is movement being used to connect to another person?
• How does the therapist incorporate the patient’s movement in her responses?
• How does the therapist reflect movement?
• How does the therapist build trust?
Group Rhythmic Movement Relationship
• How does rhythm help to organize people’s behaviors and attention?
• What rhythms or energies are predominant in the group?
• How does rhythmic action relate to the feelings of the group?
• How does rhythm help in group cohesion
Principles of Dance/Movement Therapy