Dance movement therapy for individuals with diverse abilities: dance therapists/practitioners perspectives from Canada and India
The aim of this qualitative interview analysis is to consider the different perspectives of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) therapists/practitioner's views from Canada and India on the significance of incorporating movement in the lives of individuals with diverse abilities. The purpose of this study is to determine the importance, need, positive impact, techniques and benefits of DMT. And further, understand DMT as a creative approach to therapy. The study included a semi-structured interview style. The sample consisted of six participants. Coding of themes was carried through NVivo software and manually. Six themes emerged from analysing the data. The results of the study implied that there are considerable positive effects of incorporating DMT on the various domains of the individual such as emotional, physical, cognitive and social. Participants of the study shared their experiences and perceptions which was linked to the literature of the study. Findings suggest, integrating alternate creative therapy methods like DMT, alongside traditional therapy sessions may generate a steady growth in enabling individuals with diverse needs to achieve their goals. Additionally, DMT indeed has a positive impact on the overall well-being of the individual. Furthermore, DMT is applicable for all abilities.