Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dance Therapy

One of the benefits of being a volunteer at the Lowe Art Museum is enjoying the lectures by artists and professors on a weekly basis. Our last lecture was a little different, not exactly a lecture. The University of Miami Dance Therapy Class came to perform for us. The interesting part is that they came to do their interpretation of two art pieces that we share with our visitors on a regular basis, "Shattered Illusions" by Jeffrey Spencer  and  "Fox Games"  by   Sandy Skoglund.

What exactly is dance therapy and how was this presented to us? "Dance therapy involves using movement to help people deal with physical, emotional, social problems, illness and other challenges. Therapists help people integrate their emotional and physical needs to relieve stress, build confidence, and overcome emotional problems." According to Wikepedia, Dance-movement therapy, ('DMT) or dance therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance to support intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body. As a form of expressive therapy, DMT looks at the correlation between movement and emotion. Although dance has been a method of expression for centuries, it  wasn’t until the past half century that it was characterized as a form of therapy. 

"Fox Games" by Sandy Skoglund

Through dance therapy,  the body was being used to share what they saw in the art pieces and how it made them feel.  They looked at each piece and let the images speak to them on a personal level.  Below are photos and videos of their interpretation.

Dance Movement Therapy can be used to heal serious disorders and diseases. It is also said that this therapy is very effective in helping to heal other disabilities and diseases. Examples of these include:
  • Physically Handicapped

Use this link ADTA to find out about becoming a therapist or finding one in your area. 

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