Dance/movement therapists work with people of all ages who have social, emotional,cognitive, or physical problems, both in groups and individually. Dance/movement therapy can be a powerful tool for stress management and the prevention of physical and mental health problems.
Dance/movement therapy may be part of a treatment plan, or may be the primary treatment modality. It can also be used in assessing individuals and families. Dance/movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional and physical integration of the individual.
Dance, by its very nature a physical activity, shows promise for use in physical therapy. Dance therapy as defined by the American Dance Therapy Association is the “psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional and physical integration of the individual” and is not to be confused with dance per se.
Dance/movement therapists work in Psychiatric hospitals, clinics, day-care facilities, community mental health centers, developmental centers, correctional facilities, special schools, and rehabilitation facilities. They may also work as consultants or may conduct research.