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Why Now is a Good Time to be a Dance Movement Therapist!

Chelsie Batko

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You can become a Licensed Professional Counselor and a dance movement therapist.

Dance is “in”.

Let’s face it: If you are considering becoming a DMT, you have probably always known that dance was awesome for many reasons.  However, with movies and shows like Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Next Dance Crew, and the Academy Award winning Silver Lining’s Playbook, dance is getting more attention from the public and re-entering pop culture.  Not only that, but in shows like Dancing with the Stars, the public is beginning to see the dramatic transformation that dance can provide on a mental as well as physical level.  Many are seeing the changes that dance is making in people’s lives and wanting to get a piece of the action.

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Research is growing.

Research in DMT, as well as dance itself, has begun to show the many benefits of including dance in your daily life.  Science has shown that dance improves memory and can decelerate the progression of specific diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimers. The ADTA has also begun to publish the American Journal of Dance Therapy (AJDT).  Through this journal, subscribers may read about new theories and research that have been applied to the dance/movement therapy world.

DMT is on the rise.

Though dance/movement therapy came on the scene in the early 1940’s, the career has since been making slow strides—slow but progressive strides—in building a following.  Entering this field, I have always recognized the fact that I will need to advocate for myself.  However, recent research suggests the career is expected to grow by 15% by 2018, and with a projected growth like this we can see that DMT is clearly on the rise.

Why Now is a Good Time to be a Dance Movement Therapist!

You can become a Licensed Professional Counselor and a dance movement therapist. Dance is “in”. Let’s face it: If you are considering becoming a DMT, you have probably always known …

Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling MA Chelsie Batko, chelsie.batko@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

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