Dance & Movement Therapy in the treatment of trauma associated with poverty and violence
where we are making movements for movements
In the field of trauma psychology, trauma is accepted as a phenomenon that affects the physiological, neurological, and psychological organization of the human organism and can lead to dissociation. Because dissociation is, by definition, the dis-association of components of bodily and psychic experience, comprehensive treatment such as dance/movement therapy is unique in its ability to support physiological and psychological integration and cohesion.
Quentin Robinson's goal for teaching dance broadened after he conducted a dance workshop on the Nakivale Refugee Settlement of Uganda, with the American Refugee Committee. He became acutely aware of not only the potential that dance has in breaking social barriers, but of the inescapable need for dance/movement therapy in impoverished and traumatized communities. Dance is a universal language which we all share, no matter our socioeconomic class, gender, race, or nationality.
Dance can be performed to serve various functions (social, competitive, ceremonial, martial arts). But it also has two distinct forms – theatrical dance in which dancers perform for an audience, and participatory social dance where dancing in a group is encouraged to anyone.