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Amighi, J., Loman, S., Lewis, P., Sossin, M. (1999)
Developmental and clinical perspectives of the Kestenberg Movement Profile.
Amsterdam: Gordon & Breach. Excellent presentation of the Kestenberg Movement Profile

Bartenieff, I. & Lewis, D. (1997).
Body movement: Coping with the environment.
Amsterdam: Gordon and Breach. Detailed information regarding Laban Movement Analysis. Great illustrations and photographs make the material come alive. Also presents some case studies, movement analyses of psychiatric patients, and Choreometrics (intriguing analyses of dance and work movements in cultures through out the world).

Bernstein, P. (1986).
Theoretical approaches in dance/movement therapy, I & II.
Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt. Dense and informative presentation of a variety of approaches to dance/movement therapy; chapters written by the pioneers in the field and their students.

Bernstein, P. & Singer, D. (1982).
The choreography of object relations.
Keene, N.H.:Antioch New England Graduate School. Thoughtful theoretical overviews and examples of clinical applications.

Chodorow, J. (1991).
Dance therapy and depth psychology.
London: Routledge. Intriguing discussion of the use of active imagination and affect theory in dance/movement therapy.

Costonis, M. (1978).
Therapy in motion.
Urbana:University of Illinois Press. Thought provoking papers on communication, expressive movement, and body awareness.

Espenak, L. (1981).
Dance therapy theory and application.
Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas. Clear and thoughtful presentation of this pioneer's approach to assessment and treatment.

Fraleigh, S. (1987).
Dance and the lived body: A descriptive aesthetics.
Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press. Dense; not about dance/movement therapy, but useful for developing your theoretical framework

Goodill, Sharon W. (2005).
An Introduction to Medical Dance/Movement Therapy
London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Dance/movement therapy as a viable and valuable psychosocial support service for medically ill people.

Lamb, W. & Watson, E. (1987).
Body code: The meaning in movement.
London: Princeton Book Company Publishers. Excellent presentation of complex concepts such as posture-gesture merging.

Levy, F., Fried, J., & Leventhal, F. (1995).
Dance and other expressive arts therapies: When words are not enough.
New York: Routledge. Describes the treatment of children and adults from a variety of populations.

Levy, F. (2005).
Dance movement therapy: A healing art.
Reston, Va.: AAHPERD. Well-documented introduction to dance therapy—this third edition is a good place to start.

Laban, R. (1980).
The mastery of movement.
Plymouth, England: Macdonald & Evans.

Mason, K. (1980).
Focus on dance VII: Dance therapy.
Washington, D.C.: AAHPERD. Excellent introduction to dance/movement therapy with key articles that lay the groundwork for current approaches to assessment and treatment.

Novey, D. (2000).
Clinician's complete reference to complementary & alternative medicine.
St. Louis: Mosby. An introductory discussion of the history and principles of complementary and alternative medicine that includes chapters on art, music, and dance/movement therapy.

Payne, H. (1992).
Dance movement therapy: Theory and practice.
London:Tavistock/Routledge. Dance/movement therapists representing a variety of theoretical orientations, share their perspectives and methods.

Patrizia Pallaro (Ed.)
Essays by Mary Starks Whitehouse, Janet Adler, and Joan Chodorow.
London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Priceless collection of essays on authentic movement

Patrizia Pallero (Ed.)
Authentic Movement: Moving the body, moving the self, being moved
A collection of essays, Vol. 2

London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Sandel, S., Chaiklin, S., Lohn, A. (1993).
Foundations of dance/movement therapy: The life and work of Marian Chace.
Columbia, MD: The Marian Chace Memorial Fund. Marian Chace's original writings and thoughtful analyses of her contributions.

Schoop, T. & Mitchell, P. (1974).
Won't you join the dance?: A dancer's essay into the treatment of psychosis.
USA: Mayfield Publishing Co. This journey through Trudy Schoop's life as a dance/movement therapist includes an intriguing case study.

Stanton-Jones, K. (1992).
Dance/movement therapy in psychiatry.
London: Tavistock/Routledge,

Todd, M. (1937/1959).
The thinking body.
Princeton NJ: Princeton Book Publishers Company.

Tortora, S. (2005)
The Dancing Dialogue
Using the Communicative Power of Movement with Young Children

Baltimore MD: Brookes Publishing Company


Adler, J. (1968).
The study of an autistic child.
Proceedings of the American Dance Therapy Association, 43-48.

Bernstein, B. (1995).
Dancing beyond trauma.
In Dance and Other Expressive Art Therapies, (Ed. F. Levy). London: Routledge, 41-58.

Berrol, C. (1992).
The neurophysiological basis of the mind-body connection in dance/movement therapy. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 14, 19-29.

Berrol, C., Ooi, W., Katz, S. (1997).
Dance/movement therapy with older adults who have sustained neurological insult: A demonstration project. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 19, 135-160.

Block, B. (2001).
The psychological cultural relational model applied to a therapeutic, educational, adolescent dance program.
The Arts in Psychotherapy, 28, 117-123.

Brooks, D. & Stark, A. (1989).
The effects of dance/movement therapy on affect: A pilot study. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 11, 101-112.

Cruz, R. & Sabers, D. (1998).
Dance therapy is more effective than previously reported.
The Arts in Psychotherapy, 25, 101-104.

Davis, M. (1981).
Movement characteristics of hospitalized psychiatric patients.
American Journal of Dance Therapy, 4, 52-71.

El Guindy H., & Schmais, C. (1994).
The Zar: An ancient dance of healing.
American Journal of Dance Therapy, 16,107-120.

Fraenkel, D. (2003).
The LivingDance™ approach to dance/movement therapy.
In S. Fehr, Introduction to Group Therapy: A Practical Guide (2nd edition).
New York: The Haworth Press

Fraenkel, D. (2000).
Dance/movement therapy. In D. Novey (Ed.).
Clinician's complete reference to complementary & alternative medicine, 41-52. St. Louis: Mosby.

Fraenkel, D. (1983).
The relationship of empathy in movement to synchrony, echoing, and empathy in verbal interactions.
American Journal of Dance Therapy, 6, 31-48.

Franks, B. & Fraenkel, D. (1991).
Fairy tales and dance/movement therapy: Catalysts of change for eating-disordered individuals.
The Arts in Psychotherapy, 18, 311-319.

Ginzberg, J. (1991).
In search of a voice: Working with homeless men.
American Dance Therapy Association, 13, 33-48.

Goodill, S. (1987)
Dance/movement therapy with abused children.
The Arts in Psychotherapy, 14, 59-68.

Hanna, J. (1990).
Anthropological perspectives for dance/movement therapy.
American Journal of Dance Therapy, 12, 115-126.

Heber, L. (1993).
Dance movement: A therapeutic program for psychiatric clients.
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 29, 22-29.

Kalish, B. (1968).
Body movement therapy for autistic children.
Proceedings of the third annual conference of the American Dance Therapy Association, 49-59.

Kaslow, N. & Eicher, V. (1988).
Body image therapy: A combined creative arts therapy and verbal psychotherapy approach.
The Arts in Psychotherapy, 15, 177-188.

Kestenberg, J. & Buelte, A. (1977).
Prevention, infant therapy, and the treatment of adults 1: Toward understanding mutuality.
International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 6, 339-366.

Kleinman, S. & Hall, T. (2003).
Dance/movement therapy: A method for embodying emotions.
The Renfrew Center Working Papers, 1, Fall.

Krantz, A. (1999).
Growing into her body: Dance/movement therapy for women with eating disorders.
American Journal of Dance Therapy, 21, 81-103.

Kruger, D. & Schofield, E. (1986).
Dance/movement therapy of eating disordered patients: A model.
The Arts in Psychotherapy, 13, 323-332.

Leste, A. & Rust, J. (1990).
Effects of dance on anxiety.
American Journal of Dance Therapy, 12, 19-25.

Loman, S. (1998).
Employing a developmental model of movement patterns in dance/movement therapy with young children and their families.
American Journal of Dance Therapy, 20, 101-116.

Loughlin, E. (1993).
"Why was I born among mirrors?" Therapeutic dance for teenage girls and women with Turner Syndrome.
American Journal of Dance Therapy, 15, 107-124.

Mendelsohn, J. (1999).
Dance/movement therapy with hospitalized children.
American Journal of Dance Therapy, 21, 65-81.

Mendelsohn, J. (2000).

Rice, J., Hardenbergh, M., & Hornyak, I. (1989).
Disturbed body image in anorexia nervosa: Dance/movement therapy interventions.
In L. Hornyak & E. Baker (Eds.). Experiential therapies for eating disorders, 252-278.
New York: The Guilford Press.

Ritter, M. & Low, K. (1996).
Effects of dance/movement therapy: A meta-analysis.
The Arts in Psychotherapy, 23, 249-260.

Schmais, C. (1998).
Understanding the dance/movement therapy group.
American Journal of Dance Therapy, 8, 17-36.

Schmais, C. (1985).
Healing processes in group dance therapy.
American Journal of Dance Therapy, 8, 17-36.

Schmais, C. (1974).
Dance therapy in perspective.
In K. Mason (Ed.) Focus on dance vii, 7- 12, Reston, VA: AAHPERD.

Seides, M. (1986).
Dance/movement therapy as a modality in the treatment of the psychosocial complications of heart disease.
American Journal of Dance Therapy, 9, 83-101.

Stark, A., Aronow, S. & McGeehan, T. (1989).
Dance/movement therapy with bulimic patients.
In L. Hornyak & E. Baker (Eds.). Experiential therapies for eating disorders, 252-278. New York: The Guilford Press.

Tortora, S. (1994).
Join my dance: The unique movement style of each infant and toddler can invite communication, expression, and intervention.
Zero to Three, 15, 1-11.

Westbrook, B. & McKibben, H. (1989).
Dance/movement therapy with groups of outpatients with Parkinson's Disease,
American Dance Therapy Association, 11, 27-38.

White, E. (1994).
Dance/Movement therapy: Always a showcase, never a star.
American Journal of Dance Therapy, 16, 5-12.

Zwerling, I. (1989).
The creative arts therapies as "real therapies."
American Journal of Dance Therapy, 11, 19-26.