Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) is a therapeutic approach that uses movement and dance to promote emotional, psychological, social, cognitive, and physical well-being. This form of therapy recognizes the innate connection between the mind and the body and utilizes movement as a way of expression and healing. 

Due to its creative nature, DMT can be effective for people who are seeking something beyond the usual talk therapy. Based on research, DMT can help with issues such as depression, body image, stress management, and self-confidence. Owing to its effectiveness, the use of DMT has been increasing in the mental health field, leading to the rise of specialised courses in the field. In this article, we will explore some of the top DMT courses in India :

  • Diploma & Post Graduate Diploma in Dance Movement Therapy (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, TISS)

TISS is one of the most renowned institutes in India. They offer a 3-semester PG diploma in DMT in collaboration with Kolkata Sanved, a DMT initiative based in Kolkata. The course also has an exit option where candidates can discontinue after two semesters. They are awarded a diploma certificate for the same. The course aims to provide learners with advanced-level knowledge and DMT skills that they can use to heal, help, and rehabilitate individuals. The course also offers direct fieldwork and research opportunities to help learners develop practical, application-based skills in DMT.

  • The Dance Movement Therapy Online Course (Symbiosis Dance and Music Institute, Kolkata)

This is a 6-month online certification course conducted in small batches of 4 students. The course combines theory and practice by providing learners with theoretical knowledge of the origins of DMT in Indian and Western contexts and practical knowledge of the DMT process. The course also talks about the application of DMT in the treatment of depression, ADHD, and anxiety disorders, while also including a dissertation and a separate section on psychology, personality, and human behaviour.

  • Certificate Course in Dance Movement Therapy

The Creative Movement Therapy Association of India offers this course. It is a 240-hour hybrid course with online and offline learning.  The course aims to provide learners with theoretical and practical knowledge of DMT. Thus, this course covers theoretical frameworks and creative movement experiences from dance therapy, and it also includes the history, principles, goals, approaches, and techniques used in both group and individual sessions, all with extensive supervision.

  • PG Diploma in Dance Movement Therapy

This course is offered by the Artsphere in Pune with the Arts Therapist Collab. The St.Mira’s College for Girls, Pune, is also a part of this initiative. The course offers an in-depth study of theoretical and psychological approaches to DMT. It also covers tools, ethics, cultural sensitivity, working with diverse groups, self-improvement, one-on-one sessions, group dynamics, and research, while also teaching skills such as session structuring and documentation. The ultimate aim of the course is to enable participants to facilitate movement therapy with adults and children with therapeutic needs. The course also enables participants to call themselves ‘Dance Movement Therapy Practitioners’.

  • Post Graduate Certification in DMT (Sancheti Healthcare Academy, Pune)

This is a 380-hour course, including 60 hours of internship.  This course explores key theories in psychology and Dance Movement Therapy (DMT), incorporating insights from creative arts therapies. The course aims to combine global dance practices with the cultural heritage of India. What makes this course unique is that it offers a cross-cultural understanding of DMT with 5 ADTA (American Dance Therapy Association(-approved credits.

Disclaimer : It is important to note that the above information is based solely on research and has been written only for informational purposes. We do not have any association with or personal experience with any of the courses. Thus, it’s advisable to conduct your own research before enrolling in any course.


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Dhruva Koranne

Dhruva Koranne has completed his Masters in Applied Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, BALM. He has been practicing as a counsellor since 2020 and works to create a safe space for clients where they can open up. In addition to this, Dhruva loves researching and studying about upcoming theories in the field of Psychology. Connect with him on Linkedin