Dance Therapy Advocates Virtual Summit

Event Type
Online Event
Event Description

The DTA Summit was born out of an interest in creating community, visibility, and support for the field of dance/movement therapy.

The DTA Summit is for anyone and everyone who: is interested in dance/movement therapy, is a practitioner in the field of dance/movement therapy, wants to connect with like minded individuals who are passionate about dance/movement and its inherent therapeutic nature, wants to learn more about the field of dance/movement therapy.

It is designed to meet the needs of people who do not attend annual conferences and are looking for other ways to connect to the dance therapy community.  It is designed to create space for out-of-the-box thinking, showcase ways that dance therapists are working and creating work, and to connect dance therapists across the world.



Thursday, June 10

7:00-9:00pm  Pre-summit Networking (Breakout Rooms)


Friday, June 11

9:00-9:45am  Welcome/Movement with the Community

​10:00-11:30   Introduction to the BodyMind Approach® for Somatisation, Dr. Helen Payne

12:30-2:00     Creativity Unleashed: Disrupting Our Own Inner Narratives and Expanding the Possibilities of the Ways We Work and Live, Jennifer Giuglianotti

2:30-4:00      Building Fearless Flawsome JEDI Leaders (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion): Disrupting Oppression through Self Reflection, Farah Fancy​

4:30-5:15       Coffee Chat*

​5:30-7:00       Embodied Ethical Decision-Making: Pathology vs. Cultural Relationships, Megz Roberts

Saturday, June 12

9:00-9:45       Movement with the Community

10:00-11:30   Aligning Your Inner Self, Christina E. Fontonelle

12:30-2:00      Follow the Flags, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks

2:30-4:00        Moving through Mud: Holding the Grief Your Clients Carry, Grace Bella Harman

4:30-5:15        Coffee Chat*

5:30-7:00        The Power of Rhythm to Unify & Honor Diversity, Suzanne Hastie

7:30-9:00        Creative Dialogues: Explorations of Personal Experiences Across the Globe During the COVID Pandemic Using Creative Arts Improvisation Online, Dr. Steve Harvey and E. Connor Kelly

Sunday, June 13

9:00-9:45       Movement with the Community​

10:00-11:30   Soma and the Body Panel (Each panelist will speak to how their approach is unique. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panelists and learn where to contact them and find more information on how to continue the conversation)

12:30-2:00     Using Movement to Release Relationship-Rooted Trauma, Dr. Charla Lewis

2:30-4:00       Right to Embody: Polyvagal-informed DMT-A Human Rights Framework, Dr. Amber Elizabeth Gray

4:30-5:15       Coffee Chat*

5:30-7:00      Te Kanikani: A Dance of Bicultural Practice in Aotearoa New Zealand, Jan McConnell

7:15- 8:30      Disruption Ceremony


*Coffee Chat - an informal and unstructured meetup for participants and presenters to chat and get to know one another.  Breakout rooms will be available.

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