Dance/Movement Therapy: At the Core of
Global WellBeing

Our species has known for ages that dance may function even in the wake of horrible atrocity as a potent vehicle for collective transformation and healing.  For the dance/movement therapist at work in the fragmenting aftermath of violence and life-threatening events, the integration of mind and body is fundamental to theory and practice. 

In drawing with proper sensitivity on a culture’s timeless sources of recovery in such contexts, the dance/movement therapy modality mirrors the emboldened ethics of contemporary community development.

Mobilizing and rebuilding communities affected by war and organized violence invariably involve recognition that the afflicted population is made up of active agents capable of self-determination and change.  The dance therapist, like an effective community organizer, works to join clients on their own terms, respecting their autonomy, encouraging their self-esteem, and empowering them to trust in a body—and often, a community—that likely carries within it what is needed to ensure integrity of self and collectivity alike.