Children's Hospital Colorado
Pediatric Mental Health Institute
Pediatric Mental Health Institute

Dance/Movement Therapy

A girl in a yellow shirt and red skirt is twirled around by a woman wearing a black shirt and black pants.

What is dance/movement therapy?

Dance/movement therapy (DMT) focuses on the connection between the mind and body to promote health and healing. Physically, dance/movement therapy can include light exercises, improving mobility and muscle coordination, and reducing muscle tension. Emotionally, DMT can help improve self-awareness, self-confidence and provide an outlet for children to express and communicate feelings.

How does dance/movement therapy help kids?

As part of the Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program at Children's Hospital Colorado, DMT allows kids to use movement to express a wide range of emotions. This form of therapy is used for patients who have a variety of social, emotional, psychological, cognitive or physical concerns. It is often included as a part of the recovery process for kids with chronic illness. Our dance/movement therapists can work with kids in an individual setting, or with an entire family.

Dance/movement therapy at Children's Colorado helps kids get better faster by:

  • Fostering a physically and emotionally safe, non-judgmental and fun environment
  • Respecting individual limitations and achievements
  • Facilitating individual expression and communication with other people
  • Increasing body awareness, spontaneity, creativity and a healthy self-image
  • Reducing chronic pain and body tension
  • Developing a new relationship with the body

After a dance/movement therapy multi-family group, one family member shared, “Wow and a-ha. Thank you for this opportunity to experience a new way to see myself, my child, and ponder how others see me.”

Getting started with dance/movement therapy

Medical patients and families can access individual dance/movement therapy by referral. Psychiatric patients and families experience dance/movement therapy group sessions within their integrated treatment schedules. However, any patient or family may request dance/movement therapy as an integral part of their visit to Children's Colorado.

Contact us

To get started, please contact the Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program at 720-777-4360.