Therapeutic Dance and Movement for Vitality, Creativity, Health and Wellbeing Atwea College

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Therapeutic Dance and Movement for Vitality, Creativity, Health and Wellbeing

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These sessions offer opportunities for joyful and curious expression through movement, using principles of Dance-Movement Therapy. Group participants are invited to explore imaginative themes to inspire, support and strengthen community interaction, engagement, cohesion, relationships, and health in a positive atmosphere. Fostering social wellbeing and purpose through movement, this program addresses quality of life and broad health outcomes. Enjoy moving and dancing together. Most of all, these sessions are about empowerment, feeling good in our bodies and having fun.

This program celebrates equality, diversity and inclusion, and invites adults from all walks of life across generations.

Dance skills are not required, because it is not about learning dance steps or routines, it is about exploring movement for authentic expression. No movement experience necessary, just a curiosity to move and explore.

Programming is group centred, which means that sessions are directed according to developing emergent themes and needs of the group. We will start by focussing on the physical domain, allowing movement and stories to unfold.

Domains for exploration include:

- Physical domain, towards a stable, mobile, functional and expressive body.

- Cultural domain, towards a creative, aesthetic, expressive self.

- Emotional domain, towards healthy, regulated emotions.

- Cognitive domain, towards an active, enquiring mind.

- Social domain, towards satisfying reciprocal relationships.

- Integration domain, towards wholeness, vitality and aliveness.

What happens during a session?

Sessions are structured but allow for exploration of themes that develop during the session. There is a clear beginning and ending so that participants know what to expect each session, and there are rest opportunities.

Sessions start with a welcome and verbal check in.

The facilitator will invite the participants to join in a physical warmup. 

With the guidance of the facilitator, participants may move along with the facilitator and group. Participants may explore various movements, sometimes using props such as ribbons and fabrics.

The movement will come to a close, working towards stillness using breathwork.

Participants may then be asked to reflect on their experience creatively, by writing or drawing. Participants will also be invited to verbally share with the group.

The group will share a closing movement and say farewell.


Face to Face


2 hours per week x 6 weeks


Course enrolment must be accompanied by a fee; we are unable to hold places for people or accept deposits on Lifestyle courses. Once enrolment is completed students will receive a course confirmation either in writing or by email.  This course confirmation constitutes a receipt.

 Parking fees may apply at some venues.


To find out more about your tutor click on their name above to see their resume.

Who is the course facilitator?

Helen Ilich - Movement Coach and Somatics Educator

Helen is a multi-disciplinary Movement Coach and Somatics Educator and life-long mover. Her credentials and experience include Dance-Movement Therapy amongst a spectrum of other exciting modalities. Helen brings playfulness and diverse perspectives into the therapeutic movement space that she holds for others.

Helen is currently completing clinical placement towards a Post Graduate Diploma of Somatics and Dance-Movement Therapy.

You are invited to learn about Helen's story, ethos and credentials on her website at Movement Continuum.


To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.


Please check your confirmation letter to ensure you have the correct time, date and location of your course as well as any necessary requirements. There is a room directory located at each venue directing you to your classroom. 

Bring With You

Comfortable clothes to move in and a water bottle



What We Provide


Go Home With

An understanding of expression through movement, using principles of Dance-Movement Therapy.


Please visit our website to read our Fee, Withdrawal and Refund Policy: CLICK HERE

This policy outlines your options for situations where Atwea College cancels a course, or where you are unable to attend the course you have enrolled in. Please contact one of our friendly staff if you have any enquiries or need to make any changes to your enrolment.

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