How we define Dance Movement Therapy

We follow the definition of the European Association of Dance Movement Therapy (EADMT).

Dance Movement Therapy is the therapeutic application of movement to promote the emotional, cognitive, physical, mental, and social integration of the individual. Dance as body movement, creative expression and communication is the core component of dance and movement therapy. Based on the fact that mind, body, emotional state, and relationships are interconnected, body movement simultaneously provides the means of assessment and the mode of intervention for dance movement therapy.  (EADMT)

Dance Movement Therapy promotes self-awareness and embodiment as well as individual expression and relatedness to the world. It draws from depth psychological levels and promotes self-competent as well as self-effective behavior. It is dynamic, fine, strong, small, big etc. everything we humans can be in our humanity alone and as a being related to the world. – (Brigitte Züger)

Short Article: What is dance in Dance Movement Therapy?

Goals of Dance Movement Therapy

The goal of Dance Movement Therapy is the experience of transformation in favor of the sense of coherence and self-efficacy. The experienced body and the accompaniment through the therapeutic relationship opens up solution paths for this. These factors are developed, consolidated and strengthened by experiencing and reflecting on one’s own body experience in and through movement as well as through the therapeutic relationship.


Dance Movement Therapy presents a considerable amount of research findings, which makes the evidence of dance therapy broad . For this reason, the requirement for evidence-informed or evidence-based work is met.

Our Image of Man

Our conception of man is based on a humanistic conception of being

Each person is unique and is viewed as an individual whose body, mind and spirit are interwoven and influence each other. The creative potential of each person is recognized, captured, valued and supported. In doing so, the individual is granted and also expected to have the ability to grant others the same rights and to engage in discourse about them.

The humanistic view considers the human being embedded in an ecological and social environment with which he can resonate. He has a right to freedom as well as the right and responsibility to self-determination. This view of the human being emphasizes the interaction of inner processes and the resonance to external conditions. For this reason we also consider the human being as a holistic being.

Working Areas

Dance Movement Therapist:

  • work therapeutically and preventively in the entire field of health care, social services and education and with clients of all ages. You treat clients who contact you independently or on the basis of a referral or prescription. In your own practice, which you manage professionally, you accompany individuals or groups.
  • work together with medical professionals, representatives of social institutions, educators and representatives of authorities. For this purpose, you will be trained in ZOE SCHOOL in the area of interprofessional communication, so that you can adequately represent dance therapy in multiprofessional teams.

Dance Movement Therapist who are educated at ZOE SCHOOL

  • are able to create dance therapy concepts tailor-made for institutions.
  • are able to implement (latest) research results in their practice

Job Description and Professionala Competencies

We follow the professional profile of OdA ARTEUCRA and fulfill the following competencies

The job profile

Arts Therapists1 with federal diploma:

  • are specialists in therapy with artistic media.
  • are active in the entire field of health care, social services and education and treat people of all ages therapeutically and preventively.
  • work with clients who contact them independently or on the basis of a referral or prescription.
  • accompany individuals or groupsin their own practice and in clinical settings .
  • work together with medical specialists, pedagogues, representatives of social institutions and authorities.

The action competencies

Arts Therapists

  • intervene client centered
  • develop treatment offers
  • live and promote art
  • create and cultivate therapeutic relationships
  • communicate and cooperate
  • organize operating procedures

Discipline-specific competencies in Dance Movement Therapy

Arts Therapists with federal diploma, specialization in Dance Movement Therapy

  • expand and shape the movement possibilities of the clientele.
  • recognize and analyze movement patterns and limitations in body experience, as well as movement and behavior patterns, by means of body and movement therapy assessments and movement analyses.
  • lead through direct body experience to the confrontation with limitations and patterns of relationships and behavior and activate physical and psychological resources.
  •  integrate the physical, emotional cognitive and social levels, pave and structure muscular and neural networks through new movement processes initiated on the artistic level.
  • create a new awareness of their own identity.
  • have a broad repertoire of subject-specific methods and intervention options.
  • are oriented to various theoretical approaches and modulate patterns and processes through both expression-oriented and guided forms of movement.


Our values for professional practice


We believe that cooperation between people from different fields of knowledge and in different roles is enriching and has a multiplicative effect on all involved. Therefore, we promote communication on different levels: For relationship building verbally and physically with our clientele, for interprofessional collaboration, and for communication for and with the public.


We teach transparency because it is an important and therefore lived philosophy of the course. Transparency is important because

  • it creates trust and promotes clarity
  • it creates the atmosphere for smooth work
  • it supports all parties involved in being correct and authentic