Book Description and Table of Contents

Dance and Creativity within Dance Movement Therapy International Perspectives

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

About the Editors

About the Contributors

Foreword by Sondra Fraleigh



Part I: About Dance

  1. Dance Comes to the Frontstage in Dance Movement Therapy. Hilda Wengrower.
  2. Back to Basics: The Aesthetic, Poetic, and Contemplative Movements’ Attributes That Heal in Dance Movement Therapy.  Rainbow T. H. Ho.
  3. On the possibility of Authentic Movement: A Philosophical Investigation. Rona Cohen
  4. The Invisible of the Dancing Body. Ruth Ronen        

Part II. Research

  1. The Significance of Dance in Dance Movement Therapy: An International Online Survey with DMT Novices. Iris Bräuninger and Ulf-Dietrich Reips.      
  2. A Way to Embodiment through Aesthetic Relationship: Transformational Body Tracings. Zeynep Çatay and Marcia Plevin.
  3. "Being Moved" as a Therapeutic Factor of Dance Movement Therapy. Sabine C. Koch
  4. Wording the Complexity of Dance Movement Therapy: A Scoping Review on How Dance Movement Therapists Describe Their Clinical Practice. Rosemarie Samaritter and Marja Cantell
  5.  Creating Breeds Creating.      Susan Dee Imus.
  6. Creating the Dance of Self: A stage theory of the Creative Process in Dance/Movement Therapy. Kristine Purcell.Part III. Practice
  7. Dancing Activism: Choreographing the Material with/in Dementia. Beatrice Allegranti.
  8. Seeing with the Heart: The Aesthetics of Dance/Movement Therapy with Older Adults and People with Dementia. Donna Newman-Bluestein.
  9. Dance-Rhythm-Therapy for Patients with Parkinson's disease. Emilie Jauffret-Hanifi, Svetlana Panova, France Schott-Billmann.
  10. Dance Movement Therapy and Psycho-Social Rehabilitation: Model Sampoornata. Sohini Chakraborty.
  11. Asian Cultural Body, Dance, and Therapy: A Korean Perspective. Kyung Soon Ko.
  12. Dance/Movement Therapy in Japan and its Cultural Roots. Yukari Sakiyama.
  13. Dance Movement Therapy and Flamenco: Relationships through Traditional Rhythms. Elena Cristóbal Linares.
  14. Time, Space, and an Aesthetics of Survival: Dance/Movement Therapy and Embodied Imagination after Unimaginable Loss. David Alan Harris.
  15. As the Dance Winds Down: Coping with Aging as a Dance Therapist. Jane Wilson Cathcart.


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