American Journal of Dance Therapy

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 37–46 | Cite as

International Dance/Movement Therapy Research: Theory, Methods, and Empirical Findings

  • Sabine C. Koch
  • Iris Bräuninger


This article provides an overview of the results from the 1st International Research Colloquium on Dance/Movement Therapy (D/MT), in Hannover, Germany, February 13th and 14th, 2004. Twenty-two researchers presented their projects at this international conference of the Berufsverband der Tanztherapeutinnen Deutschlands, e.V. (BTD). Most projects were either doctoral level research or research in clinical settings. Studies included theory, methods, and empirical findings in dance/movement therapy. Effectiveness studies specifically supported D/MT treatment for oncological patients (reduction of depression and anxiety; Mannheim & Weis, in press), fibromyalgia patients (reduction of pain and increased energy; Bojner Horwitz, 2004), and persons suffering from stress and psychological strain (stress reduction and increased quality of life; Bräuninger, 2005). Most subjects were women, limiting generalizability.

Key words:

dance/movement therapy research evidence-based studies international conference 


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  • Sabine C. Koch
  • Iris Bräuninger

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