Health in Motion: Dance and Movement

taught by Dr Eliza Burke

Short Course description


Health in Motion: Dance and Movement explores the power of using our bodies as vehicles of expression and the many physical benefits of dance and movement in healthcare. Modules cover the histories and concepts behind dance movement therapies for health and wellbeing, the role of traditional and modern dance forms in clinical and psychotherapeutic contexts, and the structured practices of tai chi and yoga for personal health. Amongst the many topics you will have the chance to explore the role of dance in supporting individuals with Parkinson's Disease, the expressive practice of Authentic Movement and new practices in contemporary dance that explore non-traditional approaches. Practical activities will guide you through the applications and benefits of dance and movement for individual, group and community health and wellbeing.  


Dr Eliza  Burke
Dr Eliza Burke

Dr Eliza Burke is an interdisciplinary researcher and writer with an MFA in Art Theory (University of Tasmania) and a PhD in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (Monash University). She is also an independent art curator and has held a variety of project co-ordination and management roles in the arts industry and the tertiary education sector. She teaches and has assisted on many research projects across the disciplines of Sociology and Art Theory, with particular expertise in mental health and gender theory, and contemporary arts practices. She has published her own research in Feminist Media Studies, Australian Feminist Studies and Counselling, Psychotherapy and Health and regularly contributes to the Asia-Pacific arts magazine, Artlink.