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 [...]



Moving Stories
: Portraits of Dance/Movement Therapy is a stylistically engaging video that depicts the essence of the use of movement as a therapeutic intervention.
It captures the grace, awkwardness, pain and joy in the creative artistry of ordinary people lovingly invited to move together by skilled and caring therapists. This is a DVD that Dance/Movement Therapists will be [...]

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 [...]

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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    May 2014 Workshop

      HOW TO BECOME A PUBLISHED AUTHOR – An Evening of discussion with a distinguished panel of journal editors and writers on how to publish your clinical work   A workshop sponsored by the NYSADTA                                                                                                              PANELISTS:     CathyAppel, MS, MSW , LCSW, LCAT, BC-DMT                                    Corinna Brown MA, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT, Certificate in Neo-Reichian Psychotherapy                                    Beate [...]

  • Winter Newsletter

    Winter Newsletter

    December 18, 2012 Season’s Greetings! As this year comes to an end, I’d like to take the time to reach out to our membership in the spirit of reconnecting to ourselves and to each other. This past year brought many opportunities for growth and healing. As a board, we were proud to offer events such [...]

  • Hurricane Sandy

    After The Storm

    November 8, 2012 Dear NYS-ADTA Community, It is with a heavy heart filled with emotion that I write this letter on behalf of the NYS-ADTA Chapter Board.  Over the course of the last 10 days Hurricane Sandy moved through our physical community and wreaked havoc on our personal communities. As such, the Board met for [...]

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    The New Board

    Dear New York creative arts therapy community, Please accept this letter as an introduction to the new NYS-ADTA Board of Directors:  Cara A. Gallo, President, Deniz Oktay, Vice-president, George Jagatic, Treasurer, Marie McKenna Aguirre, Programming, Jackie Gonzalez, Public Relations, Laura Raffa, Fundraising, Gianna Lafronza, IT, Jennifer Daniels, Recording Secretary, Stephanie Gail Ross, Corresponding Secretary, Angela [...]

  • Marina

    Marina Abramavic & Witnessing

    Last spring I had the opportunity to see The Artist is Present, a new work at the MOMA by performance artist, Marina Abramavic. The piece involved a taped off square in the atrium, surrounded by lights and a camera crew. Within the square, Marina sat in a simple, wooden chair. Across from her was an [...]

  • Dancing


    by Karin Nadler Just the other day, I was shopping for last minute Halloween accessories at Party City. I made a left out of the store and started walking west on 14th Street. My friends were laughing at me because they could not believe how excited I was simply because we were walking past Pratt. [...]