There is absolutely a therapeutic component to this work.  Though we are not movement therapists, in our classes, instructors use movement, a component of dance, to assist with emotional and behavioral challenges. For that reason, the “dance” comes from the individual, not the instructor, as an organic expression of the self. It becomes the responsibility of the instructor and each class member to to support and validate each individual’s existence through witnessing, mirroring, and expounding upon movements that arise in this therapeutic movement conversation.

According to the American Dance Therapy Association, “Dance/movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration of the individual.” This physical practice of moving our bodies has much greater effect than we may realize. It is a proven creative arts therapy that uses movement and often times verbal processing to observe, assess and intervene in a person’s overall health.

Benefits include

  • improving body image
  • self-esteem
  • focus
  • attention
  • communication skills
  • self-awareness
  • enhance the functioning of the body’s circulatory and respiratory systems

Drastically Reduces

  • stress, fears and anxieties
  • feelings of isolation
  • body tension
  • chronic pain
  • depression

Dance/movement therapy has been used with individuals dealing with, but not limited to, Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, ADHD, cancer, chronic pain, depression, dementia, mental illness, mood and anxiety disorders, movement disorders, sensory processing disorders, trauma, and even violence prevention.