Date of Award

12-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Art in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (MA)

Department

Creative Arts Therapies

First Advisor

Young, jessica

Keywords

intuition, journaling, diaries

Abstract

This thesis is a heuristic examination of my experience of intuition as a new dance/movement therapist. The purpose of this investigation was to provide an inceptive inroad into the little explored but recently popular subject of intuition, specifically as it relates to dance/movement therapy and the use of the dance therapist’s intuition as a therapeutic resource. Creating a journal that captured my contemplation of intuition and my experiences of intuition, both in clinical dance/movement therapy work and in creative and personal experiences, was the primary method of data collection. My journaling was augmented by interviews with two practicing dance therapists. The exploration culminated in an artistic response in the form of a dance piece called The Back of My Mind. The piece and its meaning are discussed, including the relationship of spontaneity, openness, trust, and convergence with intuition.

Comments

Includes DVD - The Back of My Mind.

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