Dance therapy


The implementation of dance in a therapeutic treatment in order to improve the self-esteem and body image of the patient.

Alternative labels

use of dance as a therapeutic treatment
dance movement therapy
utilisation of dance as a therapeutic treatment
implementation of movement and dance activities as a therapeutic treatment
dance/movement therapy
dance movement psychotherapy
implementation of dance as a therapeutic treatment
use of movement and dance as a therapeutic treatment

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Dance therapy is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Dance therapist: Dance therapists support individuals with their emotional, mental or physical health problems helping them to improve their body awareness, self-esteem, social integration and personal development through dance and movement patterns within a therapeutic environment.

Optional knowledge

Dance therapy is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Recreational therapist: Recreational therapists offer treatment to persons who have behavioural disorders or conditions. They use techniques and interventions such as art, music, animals and dance to promote, maintain and restore the development and health of the patient.




  1. Dance therapy – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022

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