What is Dance Movement Therapy (DMT)?
DMT is defined by the European Association Dance Movement Therapy (EADMT) as ‘the therapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual and social integration of the individual.
Symposium ‘The Dancing Brain’
Dance movement therapy and it’s Contributions to Neurocognitive health
Saturday October 2nd and Sunday 3rd, 2021
Maastricht – Netherlands
The board members of the Dutch association (NVDAT), are happy to share with you the ins & outs of the upcoming symposium in in Maastricht, which is in the South of the Netherlands.
The symposium “The Dancing Brain” will take place prior to the EADMT General Assembly on Saturday October 2nd (all day) and Sunday 3rd (morning).
The GA will start after lunchtime.
We’re cooperating with the organisation of the ‘Dutch Dance Days‘ festival (DDD), which will be held from Sept 30 – Oct 7th in the same city. This is the first time an NVDAT dance therapy event takes place in cooperation with a big and important festival within the Dutch’ dance scene. As NVDAT we’re proud to be hosted by the DDD, as it is a huge step towards the acknowledgment and visibility of DMT in the Netherlands.
Due to the Covid-19 regulations, it will be a ‘hybrid’ symposium; parts will take place with live participants and will be streamed online, parts will be solely online.
The Dancing Brain
‘Dance Movement Therapy and Its Contributions to Neurocognitive Health’
Does dance influence the brain?
How can dance therapy contribute to the neurocognitive health of people with for example Acquired Brain Injury, Korsakov Syndrome and dementia?
What methods and instruments do dance therapists use when working with people with these neurocognitive challenges?
Filled with lively workshops and interesting presentations, by both national and international dance therapists, neuropsychologists and professors, this event is a source of knowledge about Dance Therapy in relation to Neurocognitive Health.
As keynote speakers we will welcome:
Dr. Beatrice Allegranti,
Italian-Irish award winning choreographer, Dance Movement Psychotherapist:
“Moving Kinship with the More-than-Human. Working with the entanglements of choreography, affect and the brain.”
Prof. Dr. Hedda Lausberg,
Dance therapist, Full Professor of Neurology, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Psychiatry at the German Sport University Cologne:
“Presenting BAST System, a diagnostic tool for the analysis of movement behaviour.”
Prof. Dr. Susan van Hooren,
Neuropsychologist, Endowed professor in Arts therapies and
full Professor in Clinical psychology
“The neuropsychology of expressive body movement: Moving to a stronger evidence base for dance movement theory with
There will also be 6 workshops for you to choose from!
See the attached program for more info.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Maastricht on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of October.
The NVDAT board – firstname.lastname@example.org & the organisation committee
All info and program will be continuously updated online at: https://nvdat.vaktherapie.nl/the-dancing-brain