Dance Movement Therapy International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia (IDTIA) is a member association of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

'Dance Movement Therapy offers expressive movement experiences which engage body, mind and emotion'. The modality of dance/movement therapy had its beginnings in the USA in the 1940’s. It came into existence as a partnership between modern dance and psychiatry.

Dance Movement Therapy is the use of improvised movement as a way of treating social, emotional, cognitive, and physical problems'.

What is a dance movement therapist?

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Book recommendation 'An Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy in Psychiatry' uses historical background and extensive clinical material to introduce the reader to the theoretical foundations and practical techniques of the therapy. The Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australia is the professional body for practitioners, students, researchers and others interested in dance movement Therapy".

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Australian Ballet Company

Queensland Ballet

Alana Haines Awards 

Western Australian Ballet Company

Moulin Rouge~ Paris

Queensland National Ballet Company

Royal Ballet School

English National Ballet School

English National Ballet

Royal New Zealand Ballet Company

Hamburg Ballet

Ajkun Ballet Theatre Company

Houston Ballet 

The Ailey School

Dance Directory

Aus Dance Ausdance-Australia's professional dance advocacy organisation. 'Ausdance embraces all aspects of dance from performance to teaching: from Multicultural, social and recreational dance to the advancement of dancer's health. Above all, Ausdance focuses the cause and value of dance as a matter of concern for state and federal governments…an organisation truly and visibly representative of the whole dance profession' - Dr Peter Brinson

Bangarra Dance Theatre; "Bangarra Dance Theatre is fuelled by the spirit, energy and inspiration derived from the culture, values and traditions of Indigenous Australians. From these roots, we create theatre that is artistically innovative, technically outstanding and truly exciting to audiences throughout Australia and the world.

The Royal Academy of dance is one of the largest examining and teacher education organisations for classical ballet in the world.

The International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia has trained dance therapists since 1989 and runs courses at Introductory, Certificate and Advanced Diploma levels. The Teaching Faculty, all experienced professional dance therapists and teachers currently practising in their respective fields, are graduates of the IDTIA Advanced Diploma programme who received their training from American dance therapist and International educator, Dr Marcia Leventhal PhD CMA ADTR.

The Dance Therapy Association of Australia is the professional body for practitioners, students, researchers and others interested in dance-movement therapy in Australia.

The Australian Ballet School, the school of The Australian Ballet, is the national centre for excellence in classical dance training in Australia.

The Australian Ballet is Australia's national ballet company, performing works from the classical repertoire as well as contemporary works and commissions.

Queensland Ballet - One of only three full-time professional ballet companies in Australia, Queensland Ballet is a showpiece of the State’s arts culture. The Queensland Dance School of Excellence, established in 1982, operates in partnership with Queensland Ballet and Kelvin Grove State College.

The Sydney Dance Company

“…beautifully controlled and engrossingly effective … creative precision and exhilarating energy.” Sydney Morning Herald.

Prix de Lausanne

Young dancers seeking to pursue a professional career in classical ballet / scholarships

Expressions Dance Company;

Maintains its place at the forefront of contemporary dance... a commitment to excellence in all areas of the company. The Company produces main stage performances; regional, national and international tours; an extensive education program of touring performances and workshops; community dance classes; and development opportunities for emerging performers and choreographers.

Cecchetti Ballet Australia

Mission Statement: "The aims of Cecchetti Ballet Australia are to provide our teaches and students with the best ballet education, inspire them to achieve their full potential and foster in them a love and enjoyment of dance."

New Zealand School of Dance is one of the southern hemisphere's leading dance conservatoires, training the professional dancers of tomorrow.

Ajkun Ballet Theatre was founded in the year 2000 in the vibrant community of New York City, Ajkun Ballet Theatre has become known as one of the Country's most original professional Companies.

The National Theatre Ballet School - As well as full training in classical ballet, with the option of taking RAD (Royal Academy of Dancing) Examinations the school offers a full range of adult and children’s classes for both sexes including jazz and tap.

The Australian Dance performance Institute PL (ADPI) is a full-time tertiary institution offering nationally recognised/accredited performing arts courses.

The Royal Ballet School enjoys worldwide recognition as a renowned institution for classical ballet training assuring its purpose and its commitment to excellence.

Melbourne Ballet Company is a project-based, professional dance company. Its diverse repertoire is built on traditions of classical ballet and contemporary techniques. It is committed to Contemporary Ballet as an artform and the integrity of its performances have been widely appreciated.

Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Established in 1738 ` 

Funky Moves teacher Nina Jeftic has provided dance education to many dancers and performers with dedication for almost 20 years. 'With over 600 students in the past 4years, students of Funky Moves have enjoyed performing in companies such as Bangarra Dance Theatre, New York City Ballet, Sydney Dance Co...'

Ecole Ballet & Dance Theatre - 'As faculty of one the most highly regarded (and longest-established) private ballet schools in Australia we are intensely proud of our paramount standards of teaching".

Queensland National Dance Company is "recognized for possessing strong classical and contemporary technique, strength, musicality and stage artistry". QNDC allows students to study under the Russian Vaganova method of classical ballet, a sought after syllabus, particularly in QLD.

"I don't want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance." ~ George Balanchine

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