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A body is a body among other bodies

Marian Chace

Dance Movement Therapy

Since the beginning of civilization, the flow of dance creates and renews the social bond, animates the healing practices, feeds the personal and the collective well-being. In the contemporary youth cultures, the everlasting and ubiquitous "need to dance" re-emerges (Schott-Billmann).

After the last world war, in the framework of an extraordinary group therapies flowering, the workshops by Marian Chace, Trudi Schoop and Rose Gaetner opened spaces of vital awakening in the places of the most radical impoverishment of the person, the psychiatric hospitals. Since then, more than seventy years have passed. Dance Movement Therapy (Dmt) today is a profession with a solid theoretical and methodological background, based on the movement studies and the psychodynamic knowledge.

Dmt is part of the Arts Therapies, professions with an artistic and social matrix that develop the creative potential to increase individual and collective health. The knowledges, skills and competences for a professional practice of the Arts Therapies in Italy are defined by the UNI 11592:2015 Standard, pursuant to Law 4/2013.

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