Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 29, Issue 1–2, pp 87–97 | Cite as

Family Therapy, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

  • Dan WulffEmail author
  • Sally St. George
Original Paper


In this article we use our experience with ballroom dancing to revisit three central systemic/relational ideas—summativity, pragmatics/aesthetics, and communication—in order to reaffirm our theoretical grounding in family therapy and to connect that grounding to community-mindedness in therapy. Community-mindedness consists of deliberate attention to the socially constructed grand narratives that dominate clients and therapists in the process of therapy. A detailed example is provided.


Summativity Pragmatics/aesthetics Communication Community-mindedness Ballroom dancing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kent School of Social WorkUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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