University of Hertfordshire

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Shut in, shut out: Dance movement therapy with children and adolescents

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDance Movement Therapy
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Practice
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)9781134934263
ISBN (Print)0203359267, 9780415056601
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


This chapter is a distillation of reflections over ten years of practice and research in dance movement therapy with children and adolescents in special education. In DMT there is an engagement with bodily movement towards the aim of transformation. This takes place in a symbolic space. Winnicott believes therapy takes place in the overlap of two areas of playing, that of the patient and that of the therapist. This potential play space is that which is between the subjective object and the object which is subjectively perceived, It has to do with ‘two people playing together’ (Winnicott 1971:38) and is very much about doing.

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