American Dance Therapy Association

American Dance Therapy Association

American Dance Therapy Association was founded in 1966 to establish and maintain high standards of professional education in the field of dance/movement therapy.


Dance/movement therapy has been a distinct profession since the 1940's. The pioneers of the movement saw the relationship of how the body and mind interact in health and in illness. Whether it be an illness of the mind which affects the body, or an illness of the body that impacts the mind and spirit, these early therapists saw the need to treat these issues. For dance/movement therapists, healing has always meant mobilizing resources from that place within where body and mind are one. Since its founding in 1966, the American Dance Therapy Association has worked to maintain the highest standards of professional education and competence in the field.


* ADTA maintains a registry of dance/movement therapists
* Sets and monitors standards for the masters level programs
* Publishes the American Journal of Dance Therapy
* Publishes timely monographs for its members and for allied professionals
* Holds a professional conference every year
* Supports formation of regional groups, conferences, seminars, workshops and meetings

Today's Dance/Movement Therapists integrate dancers' knowledge of body, movement and expressive spirit with the skills of counseling, psychotherapy and rehabilitation. We help a wide range of people, from children with autism to seniors in their declining years, including those people with spinal cord injuries and mental illnesses.

ADTA is the only organization solely dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the profession of dance/movement therapy.

External links

* [ Official site]

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