The Dance-Movement Therapy Association of Australia is the professional body for practitioners, students, researchers and others interested in dance therapy. It is a national not-for-profit organisation with networks throughout Australia.
The DTAA has approximately 130 members, from all states and territories in Australia, and some overseas members, mostly from New Zealand and the USA.
The executive committee is based in Melbourne because this has been where the majority of training has taken place, hence the major population of practitioners in the field. However, there are dance-movement therapists in all states and we have an active interstate liaison committee. The association encourages the attainment of a 'Professional Membership' status by dance-movement therapists who meet the criteria set by our Professional Membership Committee. We also provide our membership with communication and information via two journals per year and regular e-bulletins; run conferences (three so far, the most recent conference held in November 2007 with Sharon Chaiklin as our keynote speaker; provide professional development activities, and maintain an on-line database of practitioners working in Australia. We have also published three volumes of Dance-Movement Therapy Collections, that reflect the work and growth of dance-movement therapy in Australia.
Our services include:
- bi-annual journal
- extensive library
- publications for sale
- listings of Professional and Associate members all around Australia
- local and international training information
- professional development events
- professional insurance