Inspire. Connect. Move.

JUNE 11-13, 2021


Welcome to the Dance Therapy Advocates (DTA) Summit site.  We are so glad you are here. The DTA Summit was born out of an interest in creating community, visibility, and support for the field of dance/movement therapy.


The DTA Summit is for anyone and everyone who:

  • is interested in dance/movement therapy.

  • is a practitioner in the field of dance/movement therapy.

  • wants to connect with like minded individuals who are passionate about dance/movement and its inherent therapeutic nature.

  • wants to learn more about the field of dance/movement therapy



It is designed to meet the needs of people who do not attend annual conferences and are looking for other ways to connect to the dance therapy community.  It is designed to create space for out-of-the-box thinking, showcase ways that dance therapists are working and creating work, and to connect dance therapists across the world.

Erica Hornthal, LCPC, BC-DMT

Creator, Dance Therapy Advocates Summit


Times listed according to United States “Central Time".

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Thursday, June 10

7:00-9:00pm  Pre-summit Meet-and-Greet (Breakout Rooms)


Friday, June 11 CST

9:00-9:45am  Welcome/Movement with the Community

10:00-11:30   Introduction to the BodyMind Approach® for Somatisation

                                     Dr. Helen Payne

12:30-2:00     Creativity Unleashed: Disrupting Our Own Inner Narratives and      

                      Expanding the Possibilities of the Ways We Work and Live

                                     Jennifer Giuglianotti

2:30-4:00      Building Fearless Flawsome JEDI Leaders (Justice, Equity, Diversity, 

                     Inclusion):   Disrupting Oppression through Self Reflection

                                    Farah Fancy

4:30-5:15       Coffee Chat* 

5:30-7:00       Embodied Ethical Decision-Making: Pathology vs. Cultural Relationships

                                    Megz Roberts

Saturday, June 12

9:00-9:45       Movement with the Community

10:00-11:30   Aligning Your Inner Self

                                   Christina E. Fontenelle

12:30-2:00      Follow the Flags

                                  Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks

2:30-4:00        Moving through Mud: Holding the Grief Your Clients Carry

                                  Grace Bella Harman

4:30-5:15        Coffee Chat*

5:30-7:00        The Power of Rhythm to Unify & Honor Diversity 

                                 Suzanne Hastie

7:30-9:00        Creative Dialogues: Explorations of Personal Experiences Across the 

                       Globe During the COVID Pandemic Using Creative Arts Improvisation 


                                Dr. Steve Harvey and E. Connor Kelly

Sunday, June 13

9:00-9:45       Movement with the Community

10:00-11:30   Soma and the Body Panel

                      (Each panelist will speak to how their approach is unique. 

                      Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panelists

                      and learn where to contact them and find more information on how to 

                      continue the conversation)

12:30-2:00     Using Movement to Release Relationship-Rooted Trauma 

                                 Dr. Charla Lewis

2:30-4:00       Te Kanikani: A Dance of Bicultural Practice in Aotearoa New Zealand                                                Jan McConnell

4:30-5:15       Coffee Chat*



7:15- 8:30pm      Disruption Ceremony

Join us for the "Disruption Ceremony" where together we start the journey of what happens after the summit, knowing our work shifts into personal discomfort, decolonization,and dismantling ingrained structures and processes. In this experiential session Zab Maboungou offers the theory and practice of LOKETO – posture principles and rhythmic resilience as a means to prepare to move forward by embodying social justice. The session will end with a renewed beginning of gratitude with our indigenous elder.



*Coffee Chat - an informal and unstructured meetup for participants and presenters to chat and get to know one another.  Breakout rooms will be available.

Registration for 2021 has closed. 
Purchase the recordings.

Recording Replays Only
Available 6/14/2021

(all recordings will be available 14 days after the summit ends and will be accessible for 60 days.)


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The Dance Therapy Advocates Summit is organized by Chicago Dance Therapy

Summit 2021 has closed. 
Stay tuned for Summit 2022 details.