The Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation
Formation and Purposes of the Foundation
Johanna (Hanny) Exiner was one of the great influences in the development of dance-movement therapy in Australia. Many of those who worked in the field in Australia learnt from Hanny not only many valuable skills and insights about dance as therapy but also, most essentially, about the nature of dance itself. In 1997, when she opened the Dance Therapy Conference, she spoke of her implicit beliefs in the aesthetic experience of dance itself as a powerful and healing tool. Hanny's life and work were honoured in a special edition of 'Moving On', the DTAA journal, in September 2008.
The National Library of Australia's Australia Dance Collection has more information about Hanny Exiner here.
The Hanny Exiner Fund was established in 2001. Its existence is due to the vision of Hanny's late husband, Bob, and the generosity and interest of their sons, Ron and Jess Exiner. The Fund is now a Foundation whose major purpose is to provide financial assistance for people undertaking research in the field of Dance-Movement Therapy. It also aims to encourage a broader range of research and to increase understanding of Dance-Movement Therapy methodology and its effects.
Trustee – Dance-Movement Therapy Association of Australia (DTAA)
Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation Professional Development Grants for Dance Movement Therapy
The Foundation's major purpose is to provide financial assistance for people undertaking research in the field of dance movement therapy. It also aims to encourage a broader range of research and to increase understanding of dance movement therapy methodology and its effects. With the aim of further fostering professional development in the field of dance movement therapy, the Foundation is offering annual grants of up to $200 each. The purpose of each grant is to promote access to professional development for an individual with a significant interest in increasing their expertise in dance-movement therapy. These grants will be for those individuals who might not otherwise be able to avail themselves of an opportunity to participate in professional development activities such as workshops, seminars or conferences, or to purchase Dance-movement Therapy related educational materials or texts.
2014 will see the inaugural grants being made available to people wishing to participate in the Penny Best workshop in February being presented by the DTAA and the HEMF.
The Foundation's funds are invested so that from time to time it offers small grants for research in dance-movement therapy. HEMF recognises that the advancement of the profession requires that research be undertaken and reported on. The awarding of the grants is as much to provide public encouragement and recognition of this work as financial assistance.
Each year small grants are made for research, or discrete projects that contribute towards research, that are assessed to advance the field of dance-movement therapy through evaluation, research and quality assurance activities. . The grants could be used to 'seed' initial investigation and enquiry into the field or provide some support for more developed research projects. The findings of research projects funded by HEMF are reported in 'Moving On', the DTAA Quarterly journal and on this website. Grants are usually a maximum of $2,000.
All projects are to:
- be from applicants who are students or practitioners in the field of dance therapy, or working towards the development of dance-movement therapy, in Australia, whether or not they are members of the Dance-Movement Therapy Association of Australia,
- be conducted in Australia,
- be carried out into the use of dance-movement therapy, or relating to it, (e.g. it could be into the use of music for dance-movement therapy) to contribute to its unique knowledge-base,
- contribute to the understanding and further development of the practice of dance-movement therapy in Australia: to deepen the understanding of its impact.
Enquiries: Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Bouthaina Mayall about the suitability of their proposed project on email@example.com or (03) 9853 8097.
Applications for the HEMF grants this year are closed. An announcement as to the awarding of grants will be made when the review process is completed.
Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation Annual Achievement Award
The Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation presents an annual award, the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation Achievement Award, to recognise a new, significant piece of writing or other contribution that advances the field of dance-movement therapy or exceptional service to the profession. The award is decided by the HEMF Committee on the basis of an annual review of contributions to the DTAA journal Moving On and/or in consideration of recommendations from members of the dance movement therapy community. The award comprises a gift and citation and is presented at the Dance-Movement Therapy Association of Australia's Annual General Meeting.
2013 Award to Tony Norquay
The Foundation is delighted to announce that the recipient of the Annual Achievement Award for 2012/2013 is Tony Norquay.
His part in the growth and development of dance movement therapy in Australia has been fundamental. One of the major roles he undertook was as a result of being elected the first Convenor of the International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia in February 1992. Since then he has been a key member of that organization until his retirement from it in October this year.
The announcement of this award was made, as usual, at the DTAA’s A.G.M. on November 9th 2013.
Tony was not present at that event so was later sent the citation and gift, which came as a complete surprise to him. This is part of what he wrote after receiving it:
“How surprised and humbled, slightly embarrassed and yet delighted I am. … Such a prestigious award – do I really deserve it? … though it is true I have done a lot, there is so much more that could be done, and has been done by so many others. I am truly most honoured to be the recipient ... I am still a major champion of dance movement therapy in all its forms and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.”
(For this we are all truly grateful - Naomi A.)
The citation read as follows:
The members of the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation Managing Committee are delighted to select you as the recipient of the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation Annual Achievement Award for 2012/2013. This is in recognition of your considerable contributions to the field of dance movement therapy in Australia. Please accept our congratulations.
In particular we acknowledge and honour your long career in teaching and leading classes and workshops in dance movement for personal growth and creative expression since 1978, as well as your work as a dance-movement specialist in psychiatric settings.
Most significantly, for the profession as a whole, has been your commitment to Dr. Marcia Leventhal’s work and your role in bringing into existence the International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia, which has ensured that dance movement therapy training has been maintained and developed in Melbourne and been influential far beyond Victoria.
Your participation in the Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance at I.E.C.D. in 1977/78 awoke in you a passion for the potential of dance movement as a medium for self expression, healing and personal growth (a passion which has never lessened). This led to you develop and maintain a focus on it as a fundamental part of the program at the Augustine Centre. That spiritual centre for learning, where you spent many years as Coordinator of Programs and later as Director, was a magnet for people who experienced that same power inherent in the dance under your creative and sensitive leadership.
After your sabbatical in the early 1980’s, your embodiment of the work of Anna Halprin added a new aspect to your work and has enriched it, not only for yourself, but also for many, many people fortunate enough to have enjoyed the sessions, workshops and classes you have and still do lead.
As previously stated by you, your “particular interest in the dance-movement work is to encourage people to find the eloquent, creative and nourishing dance that lies within and to bring it into full being”. There can be no better objectives for any of us working in field of dance movement therapy."
The Foundation invites donations to support research and dissemination of research findings. Donations should be addressed to The Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation and sent to:
H.E.M.F., C/O DTAA
P.O. Box 641, Carlton South,
Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation Managing Committee
Naomi Aitchison, retired (previously dance therapist and dance educator)
Dianne Albiston, Clinical Program Manager at ORYGEN Youth Health
Ron Exiner, retired, former local government manager
Jane Guthrie, DMT and physiotherapist, Royal Freemason's Homes Victoria, and private practice
Dianne Albiston, Health Services Manager and Occupational Therapist
Bouthaina Mayall, teacher and dance movement therapist
Naomi Aitchison: (03) 9878 1602 or