Dance + movement is making healing and empowerment available to more people in more places. 

 

USD 1 TRILLION

The annual global cost of stress, depression, and trauma, as estimated by the World Health Organization.

 

Set to rise to USD 6 trillion by 2030. 

 

1% and 5%

The percent of health budgets governments of low and hi-income governments respectively spend on mental health.

 

Dance + movement help fill this gap.

 
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IN INDIA

Kolkata Sanved uses dance and dance therapy as psychosocial rehabilitation for survivors of human trafficking. 

 

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IN LOS ANGELES, USA

Fostering Dreams Project is helping foster youth release trauma and build confidence. 

 

 

 

Around the world, dancers ARE CRUCIAL STAKEHOLDERS IN CREATING CHANGE. 


They make mental health care accessible, improve education outcomes for vulnerable youth, help survivors release trauma and heal, build peace after violent conflict, decrease stigma, improve inclusion for those who are differently abled, increase racial equity and representation, move against gender-based violence, demand action in protecting our environment, start important conversations, and build community resilience

 

 
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RESEARCH

 


DANCE + NEUROSCIENCE IMPLICATIONS FOR CONFLICT APPROACHES

Embodied Concepts of Neurobiology in Dance/Movement Therapy Practice

IMPACT evaluation- PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH

 

"Despite its worldwide use in grassroots conflict approaches, dance, and the body more generally, remain largely unaddressed within conflict theory and conventional practice. We argue that the body is an essential focus of conflict theory and a ready resource for conflict practice by exploring the implications of compelling discoveries within the field of neuroscience."

Abstract available here.  

This paper explores emerging concepts in affective neuroscience relevant to the understanding of the impact of dance/movement therapy interventions in clinical practice.


(PDF) Embodied Concepts of Neurobiology in Dance/Movement Therapy Practice. Available here. 

Dance and movement focused programs often fall into the category of psychosocial programming. A randomized control trial of an 8-week psychosocial program for displaced Syrian youth was undertaken in 2017. Findings strengthen the evidence base for mental health and psychosocial programming for a generation affected by conflict and forced displacement. 

Access the article here. 

 
Dance can be in silence. When you are sad and I’m just talking to you, and you express your feelings, you are moving. Nobody can live without dance. Nobody can live without movement.”
— Junaid Jemal Sendi, Artistic Director, Destino Dance Company, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The field is multi and inter-disciplinary, connecting:

 
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