Friday, August 22, 2008
Dance therapist......What does it involve?
What does it involve?
The role of a dance therapist, or dance movement therapist (DMT) is to use movement and dance to help people with a range of emotional, social, psychological and physical issues. The aim is to help increase body awareness, stimulate spontaneous expression of emotions and promote social interaction.
Dance theapy is practised as both individual and group therapy in a variery of settings, including health, education and social services as well as in private practice. It is becoming increasingly popular as the modern focus on alternative ways of keeping healthy grows. Dance therapy can make a big differnece to people of all ages and with many different needs. A career in dance therapy could be for you if you are looking for a truly gratifying role, where you are able to bring about positive change in people's well-being.
What skills will I need?
Somw people choose to train in dance therapy after a career in the performing arts. Altough this is not the only route, it is normallly essential to have some experience prior to postgraduate study. A dancer's career is relatively short, due to the very physical nature of the job, but the wealth of knowledge gained through dance training, performance and teaching can contribute greatly to a cancer that is no less rewarding.
If you want to train as a dance therapist and haven't had this experience, an honours degree in dance, movement, performing arts, psychology, nursing or medicine can be an advantage. Dance therapists are required to be hard-working and dedicated and cadidates must be mature, resilient and imaginative by nature. They should also have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
What's the study route?
To become a DMT you need a postgraduate qualification recognised by the Association of Dance Movement Therapists (ADMTUK). For this you will often also require a degree in a related subject and will need to be at least 23 years of age.
For further details on dance therapy, its uses and training, the official ADMTUK website has all the information you might need:
American Cancer Society: Dance Therapy
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