Creative Dance and Movement in Groupwork


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This invaluable resource for teachers and therapists continues to explore the link between movement and emotions presented in the first edition of this innovative book. It provides 180 practical activities with a clear rationale for the use of creative dance and movement to enrich therapy or educational programmes.

This book features session plans divided into warm-ups, introductions to themes, development of themes and warm-downs and explores many areas, including developmental movement processes, non-verbal communication, and expression communication. In addition to thoroughly updating the content of the original edition, this timely sourcebook includes new material on creative dance and dance movement psychotherapy, added references throughout and updated resources to reflect the most current knowledge.

Creative Dance and Movement in Groupwork will be an invaluable asset for group leaders wishing to enhance their practice, as well as a starting point for those wishing to learn more about the field. It provides guidance and practical information that is suitable for working with clients of all ages and for those with a professional or practical interest in the educational, health, recreational or psychotherapeutic use of the arts, this book may act as one of many guiding lights on your journey.


  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • SECTION 1 Background
  • SECTION 2 Practical & Theoretical Issues
  • SECTION 3 Activities
  • SECTION 4 Information
  • INDEX Alphabetical list of activities

Author Bio:

Helen Payne has been an educationalist in special education and is one of the leading pioneers in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) in the United Kingdom and abroad. She was a major innovator of DMP in the UK, leading the development of the professional association, the first research and publications and has over 100 publications in book, peer reviewed journals or conference proceeding formats. As well as a small private practice she conducts training in integrative authentic movement and The BodyMind Approach.


“This new edition of Creative Dance and Movement in Groupwork is a welcome and practical resource for dramatherapists and teachers for its attention to the body and what it can tell us. Payne’s understanding of the power of the body, moving with the body and what is brought from within it underpins this new edition. Updated and widely referencing the latest research in the field of Creative Movement, Payne also offers empathy and understanding of the Creative Arts practitioners’ work and our wide range of client groups. The joy that movement and dance offers is shared in this clearly written new edition and the dramatherapist can explore examples of work within educational, health and community settings.” – Lindsey Fooks, dramatherapist and teacher, Edge Hill University, UK