About the Event

Dance Therapy/Movement Therapy Summit

March 10-12, 2023

Dance Therapy & Movement Therapy (DT/MT) Summit is part of World Arts & Embodiment Forum 2023 brought to you by Inspirees and its partners. The theme of WAEF 2023 is Stabilization, Innovation & Breakthrough – Cultivating Resilience through the Embodied Arts.

Mar 10, 2023 to Apr 30, 2023 GMT+8

Curators & Panelists

  • Dr. Tony Yu Zhou (CEO, Inspirees Education Group)

    Dr. Tony Yu Zhou

    CEO, Inspirees Education Group

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  • Prof. Vivien Speiser (Lesley University)

    Prof. Vivien Speiser

    Lesley University

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  • Marcia Plevin (Co-Founder, Creative Movement Association)

    Marcia Plevin

    Co-Founder, Creative Movement Association

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  • Joan Wittig (Pratt Institute)

    Joan Wittig

    Pratt Institute

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  • Susan Scarth (Former president, EADMT)

    Susan Scarth

    Former president, EADMT

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  • Sharon Chaiklin (Co-founder, American Dance Therapy Association)

    Sharon Chaiklin

    Co-founder, American Dance Therapy Association

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  • Prof. Helen Payne (University of Hertfordshire)

    Prof. Helen Payne

    University of Hertfordshire

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  • Yael Barkai (Former President, Israeli Association of Creative & Expressive Therapy)

    Yael Barkai

    Former President, Israeli Association of Creative & Expressive Therapy

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  • Rosa Maria Govoni (Co-founder & Co-Director, Art Therapy Italiana)

    Rosa Maria Govoni

    Co-founder & Co-Director, Art Therapy Italiana

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  • Dr.  France Schott-Billmann (University Paris Cité)

    Dr. France Schott-Billmann

    University Paris Cité

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  • Dr. Diana Fischman (Founder & Director, B r e c h a Argentia)

    Dr. Diana Fischman

    Founder & Director, B r e c h a Argentia

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  • Irina Biryukova (Founder & Former President, DMT Russian Association)

    Irina Biryukova

    Founder & Former President, DMT Russian Association

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  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Koch (Alanus University)

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Koch

    Alanus University

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  • Prof. Rainbow Ho (Hong Kong University)

    Prof. Rainbow Ho

    Hong Kong University

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  • Devika Mehta (Co- Founder, DMT Indian Association)

    Devika Mehta

    Co- Founder, DMT Indian Association

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  • Dr. Sudesh Mantillake (University of Peradeniya)

    Dr. Sudesh Mantillake

    University of Peradeniya

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  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Mastnak (Beijing Normal University)

    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Mastnak

    Beijing Normal University

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  • E. Connor Kelly (President, Dance Therapy Association of Australasia)

    E. Connor Kelly

    President, Dance Therapy Association of Australasia

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  • Dr Athina Copteros (South African National Arts Therapies Association)

    Dr Athina Copteros

    South African National Arts Therapies Association

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  • Dr. Kyung-Soon Ko (Jeonju University)

    Dr. Kyung-Soon Ko

    Jeonju University

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         Download all speakers' bios at bottom of this page.

Event Description

Dance Therapy & Movement Therapy (DT/MT) Summit contains 28 sessions with almost 50 speakers involved, including key conversations (120min), 17 Presentations (30min) and 7 Workshops (90min) in online format. 

Key conversations in the DT/MT Summit will focus upon the development of the field globally, the role that DT/MT and other arts-based embodied practices can play in the amelioration of trauma, and in the restoration of resilience in a world in the wake of the Covid epidemic, climate changes and increasing numbers of refugees displaced by famine, warfare, and ecological disasters.

The summit will begin on Day 1 with a focus on pioneers and pathfinders across the world in the development of the field in their countries, and will move chronologically, geographically and geopolitically. Day 2 will focus on clinical, educational and community applications of dance/movement and other embodied uses of the arts around the world. Day 3 will focus on trauma and resilience and will engage presenters and participants in key conversations about applications of Dance Therapy and Movement Therapy and other forms of arts-based embodied practices in the prevention and treatment of trauma and PTSD as well as provide strategies towards building resilience and preventing burnout and compassion fatigue.


*  The Schedule below is based on Beijing Time. Please download the Schedule with different time zones at the bottom of this page. Please note that all the sessions will be recorded and will be available for viewing within 3 days after the whole summit. Contact us if this is not clear.

  • Day 1 (March 10, 2023)
    08:00 - 08:30Harnessing Beauty in the Healing Practice of Dance/Movement Therapy
    Session: Presentation (30 min)
    Topic: Clinical application/Wellbeing/Professional practice
    Speakers: Rebekka Dieterich-Hartwell, Anne Margrethe Melsom, Mary Patterson, Lara Tant
    08:30 - 09:15Enhancing Resilience: Teaching Embodiment Practices to Adolescents and Young Adults
    Session: Presentation (45 min)
    Topic: Education/Wellbeing
    Speaker: Susan Bauer
    09:15 - 10:45LivingDance~LivingMusic: Where Dance is the Star and Psychology the Supporting Actor.
    Session: Workshop (90 min)
    Topic: Theory/Clinical application/Social justice
    Speakers: Danielle L. Fraenkel, JeffreyMehr
    15:00 - 15:30The Neuroscience of Dance Therapy
    Session: Presentation (30 min)
    Topic: Theory/Clinical application
    Speaker: Wolfgang Mastnak
    15:30 - 16:00Reflections on the Influence of Ethnic Chinese Cultural Attribute on Individual Vitality in Dance Therapy
    Session: Presentation (30 min)
    Topic: Clinical application/Indigenous healing/Professional practice
    Speaker: Hao Xin
    16:00 - 16:15Break
    16:15 - 16:45Developing Methods for a receptive dance movement therapy
    Session: Presentation (30 min)
    Topic: Theory/Clinical application
    Speaker: Rosemarie Samaritter
    16:45 - 18:15Where is the Dance in Dance Movement Therapy (Psychotherapy) ?
    Session: Workshop (90 min)
    Topic: Clinical application/Professional practice
    Speaker: Jeannette MacDonald
    19:15 - 19:30Opening
    Speakers: Tony Zhou, Vivien Speiser
    19:30 - 22:30Global Panel - From tradition to diversity, innovation and breakthrough: Key conversations on dance and movement therapy around the world
    Session: Key Conversation (180 min)
    Topic: History/Community/Professional practice
    Speakers: Sharon Chaiklin, Helen Payne, Yael Barkai, Rosa Maria Govoni, France Schott-Billmann, Diana Fischman, Irina V. Biryukova, Sabine Koch, Rainbow Ho, Devika Mehta, Sudesh Mantillake, Wolfgang Mastnak, Connor Kelly, Marcia Plevin, Kyung Soon Ko, Athina Copteros
    Day 2 (March 11, 2023)
    08:00 - 08:30Indigenous Practice and Teaching of Dance Movement Therapy: Eastern and Western Perspectives
    Session: Presentation (30 min)
    Topic: Education/Indigenous healing/Professional practice
    Speakers: Linda Cao Baker
    08:30 - 09:00Move before we dance--Localized Practice and Experience in Dance/Movement Therapy
    Session: Presentation (30 min)
    Topic: Indigenous healing/Professional practice
    Speaker: Zhang Mao
    09:00 - 09:15Break
    09:15 - 10:45The Concept of Yin and Yang in Dance/Movement Therapy ---- A Cycle of Return, Re-feeding and Vitality
    Session: Presentation (30 min)
    Topic: Education/Community/Professional practice
    Speaker: Katee Yan Shen, Hao Xin
    15:00 - 15:30Dance Rhythm Therapy between tradition and modernity
    Session: Presentation (30 min)
    Topic: History/Theory
    Speaker: France Schott-Billmann
    15:30 - 17:00Introduction to Physical Storytelling with Application to Supervision within Dance Therapy
    Session: Workshop (90 min)
    Topic: Professional practice/Clinical supervision for DMT
    Speaker: E. Connor Kelly, Steve Harvey, Tanvi Rodrigues, Song Tingting
    17:00 - 17:15Break
    17:15 - 17:45Expressive Arts Therapy for building Empathy and Self-Esteem in Adolescents
    Session: Presentation (30 min)
    Topic: Community/Indigenous healing/Wellbeing
    Speaker: Mausam Nagda
    17:45 - 18:15Dance/movement therapy for autism children
    Session: Presentation (30 min)
    Topic: Community/Performance/Wellbeing
    Speaker: Magulan Danmu
    20:00 - 20:30Buddhist Psychology intersects with Dance Movement Therapy
    Session: Presentation (30 min)
    Topic: Indigenous healing/Wellbeing/Spirituality
    Speakers: Anubha Doshi & Tripura Kashyap
    20:30 - 21:00Introducing Dance Movement Psychotherapy in Eastern European Psychiatric Hospitals and Mental Health Communities
    Session: Presentation (30 min)
    Topic: Clinical application/Community/Professional practice
    Speaker: Loredana Larionescu
    21:00 - 21:15Break
    21:15 - 23:15Western Teachers, Chinese Students: How Shall We Meet?
    Session: Key Conversation (120min)
    Topic: Education/Clinical application/Community
    Speakers: Joan Wittig, Marcia Plevin, Rosa Maria Govoni, Christina Devereaux, Thania Acarón, Tony Zhou, Katee Shen, Michelle Chan, Uliana Dzyuba and others
    Day 3 (March 12, 2023)
    08:00 - 08:30How can DMT help children who experienced neglect and abuse embody their experience that occurred during the pre-verbal stage?
    Session: Presentation (30 min)
    Topic: Clinical application/Professional practice/Disability
    Speaker: Mioi Forster-Nakayama
    08:30 - 10:00Culturally Sensitive Dance Movement Therapy for Grief and Trauma Recovery
    Session: Workshop (90 min)
    Topic: Clinical application
    Speakers: Ilene Ava Serlin
    15:00 - 15:30Using the relationship with our cells and inner ecosystem to bridge inner connection and outer expression within the field of Dance Movement Psychotherapy
    Session: Presentation (30 min)
    Topic: Clinical application/Wellbeing
    Speakers: Aparna Ramkrishnan
    15:30 - 17:00The resilient dancing of a mountain community
    Session: Workshop (90 min)
    Topic: Community/Wellbeing/Professional practice
    Speaker: Monica Re
    17:00 - 17:15Break
    17:15 - 17:45Dance movement therapy for depression: the evidence so far and future directions
    Session: Presentation (30 min)
    Topic: Clinical application
    Speaker: Vicky Karkou, Supritha Aithal, Zoe Moula, Emma Perris
    17:45 - 18:15The contribution of DMT in the exploration, integration and prevention of birth trauma.
    Session: Presentation (30min)
    Topic: Education/Wellbeing/Trauma
    Speaker: Ana Luisa Meza Ferrari
    19:30 - 20:00Dance Movement Therapy tools to empower female community leaders in rural areas who have been victims of the armed conflict in Colombia.
    Session: Presentation (30mim)
    Topic: Community/Social justice/Professional practice
    Speaker: María Andrea García
    20:00 - 21:15Dance Movement Therapy for people diagnosed with personality disorder
    Session: Workshop (75min)
    Topic: Clinical application/Professional practice
    Speaker: Simone Kleinlooh
    21:15 - 22:45A dynamic dialogue engaging diverse arts and embodied perspectives on meeting trauma and building resilience
    Session: Key Conversation (90min)
    Topic: Cross-cultural dialogue/Diversity of healing practices/Creative perspectives
    Speakers: Susan Scarth, Amber Gray, Farah Fancy, Michelle Chan, Ronen Meirovich,  Sevin Seda Güney, Ulrich Sollmann

1.The specific time of some sessions is subject to change. Final schedule will be availabel on January 31, 2023.

2.The recordings of sessions will be available for 45 days after the DT/MT summit.


Standard Price
RMB 1,100
Early Bird Price

Expires at 12 am on January 31, 2023

Students price

For current students only (please upload your student ID)

RMB 660
Group Price

This price is for registration as a group of 3 attendees

RMB 2,640
IACAET Members price

For IACAET members only

Member Price RMB 550
Special Discount Ticket

Who is eligible:
1. If you submitted proposal to WAEF2023 (regardless of acceptance status outcome)
2. Students/graduates in Inspirees certification programs

RMB 550
Free Ticket

For DT/MT Summit Curators and Speakers only


Speakers' Biographies and Full Agenda

WAEF2023 DTMT Summit讲者简介(Speakers' bio) .pdf
DTMT Summit Schedule(with different time zones).pdf