Dance therapy, or dance/movement therapy (DMT), as defined by the American Dance Therapy Association, is “the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual.” (www.adta.org) People seeking psychotherapy often turn to verbal therapists; dance/movement therapists work in both the verbal and nonverbal realms using the body as a primary medium for expression and, like many psychotherapists, have private practices with individual clients.  Dance/movement therapists […]

Find a Therapist/Supervisor


The Referral Service The Directory below provides a list of registered dance/movement therapists in private practice working with individuals and/or groups. Also included are practicioners’ locations, special interests and areas of expertise. Who We Serve Adults, children, adolescents and families with a wide variety of needs, including: Autism, Depression, low self-esteem, poor body image, addiction,  Anxiety Disorders, physical rehabilitation/brain injury, survivors of physical and/or sexual abuse, Adult Children of Alcoholics or dysfunctional families, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases, relationship […]

Our Mission


The New York State Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association (NYSADTA) is a state division of the national American Dance Therapy Association (www.adta.org). The chapter is dedicated to promoting professional practice and providing resources for dance/movement therapy professionals while increasing public awareness of dance/movement therapy as a licensed profession in New York State. The chapter adheres to its own by-laws and maintains ethical standards set by the ADTA. Dance/movement therapy, as defined by the ADTA, is “the psychotherapeutic […]

What We Do

NYSADTA provides education, professional support, resources, research opportunities, and opens avenues of communication between dance/movement therapists and professionals from related fields. The Chapter seeks to align with other creative arts therapists such as art, drama, music, poetry and psychodrama therapists in order to support, inform, and diversify the dance therapy community.

NYSADTA engages in a variety of activities such as publishing newsletters, providing forums, and offering educational workshops that are available to dance/movement therapists, students, and mental health professionals. In addition, an active public relations committee serves to increase the public’s awareness and use of dance/movement therapy as a psychotherapeutic modality.

Finally, the NYSADTA provides a comprehensive list of qualified dance/movement therapists for those who seek dance/movement therapy, as well as a list of supervisors for students and recent graduates.


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    ADTA #GivingTuesday November 29, 2016

    ADTA is participating in #GivingTuesday this year! Show your support in promoting awareness about donating to the Marian Chace fund by joining the ADTA’s thunderclap! Click this link and sign up! This year the money raised on Giving Tuesday will be distributed as grants to ADTA members who will then provide services to our nations Veterans & Military Personal. Stay tuned for more information on how to apply for one of the grants!

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    CALL TO ACTION!!! WED. NOV. 16, 2016

    ACTION ALERT Contact your members of Congress on WED., November 16!  Background: ADTA is joining with other members of the Mental Health Liaison Group, a coalition of national organizations interested in ensuring all Americans have access to quality mental health services, to push for passage of mental health reform legislation. Each day next week (Nov. 14 – 18), different organizations will be phoning and emailing their members of Congress to get a bill passed before […]

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    Celebrating 50 years of the American Dance Therapy Association (1966-2016)! Regular Registration Conference Rates end September 8th! Register now! Register Here! Come be part of the ADTA’s 50th anniversary celebration at this year’s annual conference in Bethesda, MD from October 20 – 23, 2016.  Join us as we bring the power of dance/movement therapy to the Washington DC area.  Highlights of this year’s conference include: Keynote speakers Dr. Stephen Porges and Dr. Sue Carter in conversation with […]

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    “Where in the heck is Matt?” Video taping!

    Save the date!         The ADTA would like to invite you to a video taping for “Where the heck is Matt?”         Have you seen the videos of Matt Harding dancing around the world? Matt is creating new videos this year and, as part of our 50th anniversary celebration, ADTA members are invited to dance with him on May 22, 2016!         This event is made […]

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    May 21, 2016 DANCE PARADE

    The NYSADTA board invites you to participate in the 10th Annual Dance Parade! Dance Parade is: A 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to inspire dance through the celebration of diversity. Our volunteer supported organization produces the annual Dance Parade on Broadway followed by DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park. In the months leading up to the Parade and Festival we offer Community Engagement Programs in Schools, Recreation Facilities and Senior Centers throughout New York City. – […]

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    92Y Workshop: Songs of Our Selves

    Songs of Our Selves: The Hidden Stories in Dance Revealed Through Music and Lyrics Patricia P. Capello, BC-DMT, LCAT, NCC and guest faculty Nancy Koprak, BC-DMT, LCAT Saturday, April 16th, 2016, 1 session, 1:30pm-6:30pm $100 until April 8th / $125 after Music and lyrics are essential tools for the expanding dance/movement therapy community, enabling the therapist to reach diverse populations despite differences in diagnosis, age, gender, language or ethnicity. In this experiential workshop participants explore the […]

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    Dynamic Relaxation and Meditation Workshop March 19th!

    The NYSADTA board invites you to: Dynamic Relaxation and Meditation (DRM): Workshop for Stress Reduction and Holistic Health Enhancement Presenter: Prof. David Y. F. Ho David Y. F. Ho was Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Hong Kong. As a teacher, he faced the challenge of introducing unconventional (some would say audacious) approaches to therapeutic intervention and prevention into Hong Kong society. He has had extensive multicultural experiences in Asia as well as North America. He […]

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    Songs of Protest Workshop Pictures

    On February 11, 2016 the NYSADTA chapter participated in a workshop titled: Songs of Protest: How music and dance can change the world.  Please enjoy our pictures of the evening. Please click the link below.        

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    If you haven’t already, please check out the ADTA blog! It is a great resource and is a great way to stay connected to DMT news and education opportunities!  If you are interested in writing for the blog please email adtabloginfo@gmail.com or andewelling@yahoo.com.    

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    FREE EVENT ~ FREE EVENT ~ FREE EVENT ~ FREE EVENT The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) invites the public to participate in the 2015 filming of “ADTA Talks.” Audience members will learn about dance/movement therapy (DMT) and its uses with a variety of populations (see topics below.) What: Live, filmed informational talks about dance/movement therapy (DMT) You may view 2013 ADTA Talks here: http://tinyurl.com/pxongvv When: Thursday, October 22nd (Audience kindly requested to arrive on […]