Dance books

We’ve added some new titles to the collections:

Dance Movement Therapy: Theory, Research & Practice
Helen Payne (ed)

615.82 DAN
Main Book Collection

What can dance movement contribute to psychotherapy?

This thoroughly updated edition of Dance Movement Therapy echoes the increased world-wide interest in dance movement therapy and makes a strong contribution to the emerging awareness of the nature of embodiment in psychotherapy. Recent research is incorporated, along with developments in theory and practice, to provide a comprehensive overview of this fast-growing field.

Helen Payne brings together contributions from experts in the field to offer the reader a valuable insight into the theory and practice of dance movement therapy. The contributions reflect the breadth of developing approaches, covering subjects including:

  • dance movement therapy with people with dementia
  • group work with people with enduring mental health difficulties
  • transcultural competence in dance movement therapy
  • Freudian thought applied to authentic movement
  • embodiment in dance movement therapy training and practice
  • personal development through dance movement therapy.

Dance Movement Therapy will be a valuable resource for anyone who wishes to learn more about the therapeutic use of creative movement and dance. It will be welcomed by students and practitioners in the arts therapies, psychotherapy, counselling and other health and social care professions.

Source:, 3/3/15

The Embodied Self: Movement & Psychoanalysis
Katya Bloom

152.3 BLO
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By integrating principles from her background as a movement psychotherapist and movement analyst with key concepts from contemporary psychoanalysis, the author offers a new perspective on exploring the interrelationships between nonverbal and verbal ‘articulation’ in any therapy setting.

The Embodied Self aims to provide a practical and experiential working model for developing therapists’ embodied attentiveness, which will enhance their recognition of the sensori-affective manifestations of transference and countertransference. It will inform the work of psychotherapists and psychoanalysts, dance movement therapists, and body psychotherapists, as well as those involved in psychoanalytic observational studies. It will also be of great value to anyone interested in exploring the interrelationships between the psyche and the body.

Source:, 3/3/15

The Moving Researcher: Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis in Performing Arts Education & Creative Arts Therapies
Ciane Fernandes

792.82 LAB FER
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The Moving Researcher offers a complete approach to Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis, detailing the original method, exploring recent developments and examining its applications. With contributions from internationally renowned professionals at key institutions, this book covers all concepts taught as part of the Certificate of Movement Analysis.

Source:, 3/3/15

Dance Improvisations: Warm-Ups, Games & Choreographic Tasks
Justine Reeve

792.82 REE
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Dance Improvisations: Warm-Ups, Games and Choreographic Tasks will provide assistance with any doubts that dancers and teachers might have with improvisation. This practical book promotes creativity that can lead to innovative breakthroughs among students from middle school age through college.

With Dance Improvisations: Warm-Ups, Games and Choreographic Tasks, you receive

  • expert instruction in planning, teaching, and assessing students’ improvisations;
  • 73 activities in creating movement and material for choreographing dances;
  • a glossary of dance and choreographic terms; and
  • extensions of each improv to aid further exploration and development of the improvisation skills.

The activities support all portions of your class—including improvisation lessons that you can use as warm-ups, games that stimulate creativity, and choreographic tasks for creating movement material. Each activity has been tested and refined by the author, a veteran dance instructor and choreographer. You can use the improvs individually in a lesson or use them in developing entire lesson plans. The step-by-step instruction and teaching tips that you receive save you valuable preparation time—and the instructions are clear enough that more experienced students can use the book to practice on their own.

With Dance Improvisations: Warm-Ups, Games and Choreographic Tasks, you will find new ways to help your dancers create original movements through both individual and group activities. Your students will hone their creative responses, and the innovation and energy in your dance classes will fill your studio or classroom. Students will blossom and gain inspiration using these improvisations as they learn how to develop movement and choreograph studies.

Source:, 3/3/15