It is difficult to describe a typical DMP session as everyone is different due to the spontaneity of the creative process. It will also vary depending on the dancers, the environment, whether it is a
one: one, small or large group and the approach of the dance movement psychotherapist.
However there are some constants that help to create the structure of a typical DMP session here at Dance Voice:
We aim to start in a circle, finding out how clients are, this can be done verbally, non-verbally, creatively, using gesture and in movement
- Warm -up
This is an opportunity for us to start to access our bodies, to stretch, become familiar with the group and space we inhabit
This is the main section of the session where creative ideas and themes are explored symbolically using movement, music and props (hoops, balls, fabrics, sticks etc). This is a time for the group to share their experiences and support each other; equally it is an opportunity to find space to listen to your own personal needs.
We finish similarly to how we start, in a circle with time to reflect on whether we feel different to when we started and to share our experience of the session.
With all the sessions delivered by Dance Voice on and off-site it is important that the Dance Voice ethos is carried through so there is a consistency to our approach. This is based on the principles of DMP, ADMPUK ethics (2013) and the Person-Centred approach (Rogers, C. 1959)
- Create a safe environment emotionally and physically
- Provide a space without judgement
- Show equal respect to all clients
- Provide the freedom for true expression
- Show empathy to all clients
- Allow for creativity to emerge
- Provide a sense of mutuality
- Value every contribution