Twenty-two reasons why it’s awesome to be a dance/movement therapist.

Photo credit: Greg Inda

Photo credit: Greg Inda http://www.greginda.com

By now it’s no secret that I use Dance.Movement.Therapy. as a platform to tackle topics relating to all things dance/movement therapy (DMT).  Lately I feel as though I’ve dived into more difficult topics, like therapist transparency and the DMT culture.  Although I do find it important to continue to question, examine and discuss our work for the growth of the field in general, when it really comes down to it, I truly love being a dance/movement therapist and this crazy thing called DMT (despite what you might be starting to think…).  In no particular order, below are 22 reasons why it’s awesome to be a dance/movement therapist.

  1. I dance daily.
  2. I have the opportunity to collaborate with other creative arts therapists.  I specifically work with a music and an art therapist.
  3. I witness my clients express themselves through dance, movement and creativity.
  4. I help my clients meet their therapy goals in a creative way.
  5. I get to use my graduate degree.  As in, I have a job in my field.
  6. I have the privilege to do beautiful work (emphasis on privilege).
  7. I am not just a dancer or a therapist.  I am both.
  8. I provide a way for clients to express things that may be difficult to verbalize.
  9. I am usually surrounded by people who love to dance on a daily basis.
  10. I see the world through the lens of movement.
  11. I am apart of the DMT community.
  12. I give my clients permission to explore their authentic self in the DMT studio.
  13. I witness my clients connect with each through dancing, watching each other perform and collaborating artistically.
  14. I provide my clients choice by allowing them to explore a different way of moving, and thus a different way of being in the world.
  15. I know my own personal movement style because of my knowledge in DMT and Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), and that helps me be a more mindful person.
  16. I help nonverbal clients say something through the use of dance and movement.
  17. I have met amazing individuals (fellow dance/movement therapists or like-minded individuals) in my journey as a dance/movement therapist.
  18. I am deeply impacted by my clients’ wisdom on a daily basis.
  19. I am a walking, talking, breathing and moving advocate for the creative arts therapies.  My choice to become a dance/movement therapist has given visibility to DMT.
  20. I am an embodied person as a result of my continued DMT education and the work with my clients.
  21. I use my skills in dance, dance improvisation, choreography and LMA on a daily basis.
  22. My clients remind me daily of the beauty in the many different ways of being and dancing based on our array of abilities as individuals.

 

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About emilyadannunzio

Board Certified-Dance/Movement Therapist. Movement Analyst (GL-CMA). Researcher. Dancer. Bartender. Detroit, MI.
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11 Responses to Twenty-two reasons why it’s awesome to be a dance/movement therapist.

  1. Jeannine says:

    Love the photo you chose! 🙂 And thank you for succinctly reminding me of the beauty of our work. It’s easy to forget sometimes ;). Your words are a ray of sunshine☀️

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  3. Donna-PA says:

    How would someone become a DMT? I love to dance. I have danced daily at times of my life as therapy (not knowing it) I have theme songs all the time & mainly car dance &chair dance more.

    • Hi Donna-PA,
      An individual becomes a registered-dance/movement therapist once he/she completes the necessary graduate work through one of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) accredited programs, or through an alternate route program. Here is a link to information about different programs in the U.S. http://www.adta.org/ApprovedAcademicGraduateEducation There are international programs as well. A strong background in dance, psychology, human development, social work, and/or counseling (to name a few) is usually necessary for admission to such programs. I hope that information is helpful, and please feel free to e-mail me with further questions.

  4. Olivia says:

    This is great, I love it!

  5. Mary says:

    Emily, it is refreshing to see that you invested the time to write down the 22 reasons. What a wonderful world! Thank you for sharing this — -and the photo is brilliant!

  6. krisdanig says:

    I am so happy I found your blog! I have recently graduated from my masters in drama therapy and I can really relate to your 22 reasons list. I agree it is such a privilege to be working in such a special field! cheers!

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