Kattenstroth, J.C., Kalisch,T., Holt, S., Tegenthoff, M., et al. (2013). Six months of dance internventions enhances postural, sensorimotor, and cognitive performance in elderly without affecting cardio-respiratory functions. Front Aging Neurosci, 5, 5.

Coubard, O. A., Duretz, S., Lefebvre, V., Lapalus, P., et al. (2011). Practice of contemporary dance improves cognitive flexibility in aging. Front Aging Neurosci, 3, 13.

Heiberger, L., Maurer, C., Amtage, F., Mendez-Balbuena, I., et al. (2011). Impact of a weekly dance class on the functional mobility and on the quality of life of individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Front Aging Neurosci, 3, 14.

Kattenstroth, J. C., Kalisch, T., Kolankowska, I., & Dinse, H. R. (2011). Balance, sensorimotor, and cognitive performance in long-year expert senior ballroom dancers. J Aging Res, 2011, 176709.

Kattenstroth, J. C., Kolankowska, I., Kalisch, T., & Dinse, H. R. (2010). Superior sensory, motor, and cognitive performance in elderly individuals with multi-year dancing activities. Front Aging Neurosci, 2.

Use it or Lose it: Dancing makes you smarter-New England Journal of Medicine 


The Art and Science of Dance/Movement Therapy (2010)
Life is Dance
Edited by: Sharon Chaiklin, Hilda Wengrower
The Art and Science of Dance/Movement Therapy offers both a broad understanding and an in-depth view of how and where dance therapy can be used to produce change. The chapters go beyond the basics that characterize much of the literature on dance/movement therapy, and each of the topics covered offers a theoretical perspective followed by case studies that emphasize the techniques used in the varied settings. Several different theoretical points of view are presented in the chapters, illuminating the different paths through which dance can be approached in therapy.

Supervision of Dance Movement Psychotherapy (2008)
A Practitioner’s Handbook
Edited by: Helen Payne
Supervision of Dance Movement Psychotherapy is the first book of its kind to explore the supervisory process in the psychotherapeutic practice of movement and dance. Helen Payne brings together international contributors to discuss how the language of the body plays an important part in the supervisory experience for psychotherapists and counsellors. Contributors consider a variety of models and examine the role of supervision in a range of professional and cultural settings, forming a theoretical base to current practice in dance movement psychotherapy. Chapters include:

  • an overview of supervision in dance movement therapy
  • working psychotherapeutically with the embodied self
  • transcultural issues
  • the use of authentic movement in supervision
  • a novice practitioner’s experiences.

Outlining key concepts from both theory and practice, this book contributes towards a deeper understanding of the mentor-trainee relationship and the curative power of movement and dance. Supervisors and supervisees in dance movement psychotherapy as well as the arts therapies, counselling, and psychotherapy will find it invaluable.

Dance Movement Therapy (2006)
Theory, Research and Practice, 2nd Edition
Edited by Helen Payne
What can dance movement contribute to psychotherapy? This thoroughly updated edition of Dance Movement Therapy echoes the increased world-wide interest in dance movement therapy and makes a strong contribution to the emerging awareness of the nature of embodiment in psychotherapy. Recent research is incorporated, along with developments in theory and practice, to provide a comprehensive overview of this fast-growing field.

Meaning of Movement (1999) 
by Amighi

Dance and Other Expressive Art Therapies (1996)
When words are not enough
Edited by: Fran J. Levy

An introduction to Dance Movement Therapy in Psychiatry (1992)
By: Kristina Stanton-Jones
Dance Movement Therapy, like the other arts therapies, can provide a safe and effective therapeutic intervention for psychiatric clients in community health care. An Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy in Psychiatry uses historical background and extensive clinical material to introduce the reader to the theoretical foundations and practical techniques of the therapy. The book also outlines a new school of practice, based on the ‘symbolic’ approach, which combines traditional Dance Movement Therapy methods with the theories of W.R. Bion and D.W. Winnicott.

Dance Movement Therapy: Theory and Practice (1992)
By: Helen Payne
The complexity and diversity of dance movement therapy is both clarified and celebrated in the contributions to this book which documents pioneering practice in a variety of settings in the UK. Experienced dance movement therapists from many different theoretical orientations and working with a range of clients, from the very young to the very old, come together to reveal their thinking, working methods and techniques.

Dance Movement Therapy: Theory and Practice offers practising dance movement therapists new ideas and approaches, students an insight into their subject’s versatility and adaptability, and other mental health workers, allied educators and professionals a clear picture of the nature and importance of dance movement therapy.

Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology (1991)
By: Joan Chodorow
Dance/movement as active imagination was originated by Jung in 1916. Developed in the 1960s by dance therapy pioneer Mary Whitehouse, it is today both an approach to dance therapy as well as a form of active imagination in analysis. In her delightful book Joan Chodorow provides an introduction to the origins, theory and practice of dance/movement as active imagination.

Beginning with her own story the author shows how dance/ movement is of value to psychotherapy. An historical overview of Jung’s basic concepts is given as well as the most recent depth psychological synthesis of affect theory based on the work of Sylvan Tomkins, Louis Stewart, and others. Finally in discussing the use of dance/movement as active imagination in practice, the movement themes that emerge and the non-verbal expressive aspects of the therapaeutic relationship are described.

An Introduction to Medical Dance/Movement Therapy: Health Care in Motion (2005)
By: Sharon Goodill


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