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 equity and representation, move against gender-based violence, demand action in protecting our environment, start important conversations, and build community resilience.
Kolkata Sanved uses dance and dance therapy as psychosocial rehabilitation for survivors of human trafficking.
IN LOS ANGELES, USA
Fostering Dreams Project is helping foster youth release trauma and build confidence.
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.
Embodied Concepts of Neurobiology in Dance/Movement Therapy Practice
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.
DANCE + NEUROSCIENCE IMPLICATIONS FOR CONFLICT APPROACHES
"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."
IMPACT evaluation- PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH
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.
DANCE, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: DIGNITY IN MOTION.
The quintessential primer for everyone fascinated by movement, human rights, and justice. Dance, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Dignity in Motion presents a wide-ranging compilation of essays, spanning more than 15 countries. These groundbreaking papers encompass a broad spectrum of issues, from slavery and the Holocaust to the Bosnian and Rwandan genocides to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; from First Amendment cases and the AIDS epidemic to discrimination resulting from age, gender, race, and disability.