DMTAC Professional Exchange Weekend

Join us for the 2nd annual DMTAC Professional Exchange Weekend in partnership with DMTO (Dance Movement Therapy Ontario) to engage in rich and meaningful explorations of the skills and resources needed to support this work!

Taking place over three days, this weekend will feature an introductory event on Friday night catered especially to those interested in pursuing DMT as a career path-with learning opportunities, a question and answer period, and a chance to network with practising DMTs.

Saturday and Sunday’s events will focus on supporting the professional development of our student, professional, and associate members.

Registration Information:

Public Introductory Event and Mixer: $40
(Open to all, FREE to DMTAC members)
Friday, November 29th from 5-9 pm

Professional Development Workshops and Research Presentations: $100
(Open to DMTAC professional, associate, and student members only)
Saturday, November 30th from 10-6 pm & Sunday, December 1st from 10-4 pm

Registration is open! Please buy your tickets on Eventbrite!

DMTAC PEW Schedule

DMTAC PEW Schedule 2

DMTAC PEW Schedule 3

You can find the presentation descriptions here.

Self-Care through Creative Movement

Facilitated by Jessica Houghton (RP qualifying, Dance Movement Psychotherapist), this 10 week Dance Movement Psychotherapy group offers participants a chance to deepen their relationship with their body, needs, and self-care practice.

Through accessing the wealth of information available to us in our bodies, we can start to get in touch with what we need, and offer ourselves the chance to have those needs met. Together we will begin the process of holding ourselves with compassion, practice listening to our body’s cues, and develop our ability to ask for what we need from others.

Jessica’s approach uses dance as a medium for self-discovery, allowing participants to expand their awareness of their patterns of moving and relating and find ways to access their creative impulses towards healing.

When: Thursdays from March 28th-May 30th, 7:00-8:30pm

Where: The Healing Collective, 2005 Danforth Ave.

How much: $300*

To register email For more information visit

*There will be two partially subsidized spaces available for this group. Please get in touch if you would like to participate in this group and would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of enrolment.

Arts based stress reduction group

Facilitated by Ayana Spivak (RP Qualifying, Dance Movement Therapist), this is the spring support group for someone who is:

– feeling sometimes overwhelmed with the busyness of life

– experiencing burnout

– looking for stress release and artistic expression

– curious about the use of arts as a tool for wellbeing

– owner of some or none of artistic experience and skills

During the 4 Saturday afternoons, you will be able to create and have fun, get support chatting with like-minded peers, breathe, move and practice relaxation techniques…while focusing each time on very specific themes such as:

– create your own mandala;

– craft “seeds for change” and eco-printing project;

– explore our roles by make masks;

– practice acceptance and make a self-portrait with wood pieces;

– dream bravely and visualize your place of peace and power using collage techniques.

FACILITATOR: Ayana Spivak, MA, registered psychotherapist (qualifying), expressive arts therapist

TIME & DATES: Saturdays, 12 pm – 3 pm:
March 16, April 13, May 18, June 15

FEES: $40 per session ($150 for 4 sessions)
– by PayPal or e-transfer

REGISTRATION until March 6th,
early birds (before March 1st) get 10% off

WHERE: Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Arts
120 Newkirk rd unit 12, Richmond Hill, ON

Contact Ayana at for more information or to register.

An Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy

Back by popular demand! This workshop will offer an experiential introduction to the fundamentals of Dance Movement Therapy for anyone who is interested in pursuing DMT as a career or incorporating aspects of movement and embodiment into their psychotherapy practice.

When: Sunday February 24th, 3:30-6:30pm

Where: Trinity St Paul’s United Church Dance Studio, 427 Bloor St W*

How much: $60**

Through a combination of theoretical and experiential learning, you will come away with an understanding of what DMT is, what theory supports the work, what interventions are used, how a session might look, and what training options are currently available for further education. There will also be time for questions at the end.

*Trinity St. Paul’s is an accessible space! All bodies and abilities are welcome!

**The workshop cost is $60. There are a limited number of subsidized spaces available. If you are experiencing any financial barriers to attending, please get in touch as I aim to make my workshops as accessible as possible. There is a $10 discount available to members of the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Canada.

If you have any questions or to register please email

Volunteer Opportunity Announcement

DANCE ASSISTANTS SOUGHT for Dance to Improve Gait, Balance and Mood For Individuals Post Stroke.

Class Dates/times: TBC MARCH 25th-JUNE 2019 Toronto, Canada. Location TBC 500 University Avenue

FUNDED BY: Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian – Partnership for Stroke Recovery and IN PARTNERSHIP with: Miriam Schacter, danceABILITIES(tm); LEAD INVESTIGATORS: Dr. Kara Patterson, Dr. Dina Brooks; RESEARCH COORDINATOR: Wade Michaelchuk, MSc., R.Kin TEAM LEAD: Shariq Jaffery

THE STUDY: This “Canadian 1st” randomized controlled trial will include accessible/inclusive group dance classes for individuals post stroke over a 3-year period. Dance genres include ballroom (latin styles and waltz), social dancing, ballet, jazz, contemporary, elements of authentic movement and contact dance, collaborative choreography, mirror-work, across floor work and so on.

COMMITMENT: We support you in creating a volunteer schedule that suits your availability, however, a commitment of 5 classes is preferred

WHAT IS A DANCE ASSISTANT? assist the clients/dancers with safe entrance and exit, support the dancers in various ways during the class (such as sharing encouragement or light balance support), assist the instructor/facilitator (such as setting up stereo, demonstrating a move or gesture). For this position, it is best to have some training in dance, fitness, or med/rehab. During the program, “dance-assistants” will be introduced to the elements of an “inclusive-dance” program, ongoing networking opportunities, safety practices and so on. Many dance assistants have been able to lead their own classes following this volunteering/training.

THE DATES and TIMES: TBC 2x weekly. Please meet on main floor cafeteria, 15 min before classes. Again, I support you in creating a volunteer schedule that suits your availability, however, a commitment of 5 classes is preferred.

LOCATION TBC: U of T Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation Sciences Centre, 500 University Avenue at Dundas Street West.


If you are interesting in being a dance-assistant, please contact the Pilot Partner & facilitator, Miriam Schacter, at or call/text (416-939-16-Seven-Two). * Please contact me as soon as possible however, I do take on dance-assistants after the program has already begun as well.


“I am so grateful to have been a part of the “We Love to Boogie: Dance Post Stroke” study at U of T (2015-17) Miriam Schacter choreographed or facilitated the dance sessions in this study, and truly opened my eyes to the beauty, and importance of adapted/inclusive dance. Miriam was able to bring about an atmosphere of love, curiosity, and bravery among all of the dancers in our group. As a volunteer, I saw dancers grow in their confidence in movement, and understanding of themselves through choreographies and guided improvisations. It was a true joy to volunteer“ – Eden Champagne, dancer and Masters of Psychology candidate

“Assisting in the study allowed me to further develop my skills working with people with accessibility needs. It was fun and playful. What was especially gratifying was witnessing how people transformed from unsure how to move and engage their body in dance to a greater body awareness and openness to movement in whatever way was available to them.” – Marla Gold, Workplace Health and Wellness Educator

Let’s have a talk to find out if this is the right volunteer position for you.

Relevant links:

Dance Assistant Training, video, class planning page: