American Dance Therapy Association

Hey all! I thought it was funny that I came across this. I’m in Baltimore, Maryland every weekend and this weekend in particular, my friend and I took a little road trip with no real destination in mind. We drove for a good 30 minutes before we ended up in Columbia, Maryland. While driving through this city, I saw the American Dance Therapy Association headquarters. I was not looking for it at all, but thought it was so funny to have just come across it. It was interesting to see something I have been studying for the past few months so close to home.

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“Tell me the last time you danced..”

I love this quote. I also find it interesting that it was published by Anxiety is one of the leading problems associated with dance therapy. This quote explains that with anxiety, dance really helps to clear the mind of all the problems one is going through.

Strengthening the brain

I pulled out a few points from this article about how dance can do more than just be an exercise.

  • Dance is first and foremost a stimulating mental activity that connects mind to body
  • Dance invokes imagery in the service of graceful movement.
  • Dance focuses attention on eyes, ears and touch as tools to assist in movement and balance
  • Dance increases awareness of where all parts of the body are in space.

Therapy for a battling cancer patients

The University of Hong Kong published a study in which 22 cancer patients between the ages of 39 to 69 were recruited from Hong Kong, China. These participants were suffering from many different forms of cancer that included breast cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, and nasopharyngeal carcinoma. The patients were placed into an environment where they could exercise through dance, were tested using a stress scale, self-esteem scale, and evaluated at completion of all tasks. Results showed that after participating in dance movement therapy, there was a significant reduction in their stress levels stemming from the cancer diagnosis, a positive change in overall self-esteem, and happier and healthier individuals. The interaction between mind and body was important since cancer traumatizes the body from the diagnostic stage all the way to the treatment phase (Ho, 2005). The program was relatively short, which allowed them a “trial” run to show how effective dancing can be on their overall well-being (Ho, 2005).

Ho, R. (2005). Effects of dance movement therapy on Chinese cancer patients: A pilot study in Hong Kong. Arts in psychotherapy, 32, 337-345.