The Dancing Brain
Dance movement therapy and it's Contributions to Neurocognitive health

We would like to share knowledge about Dance Therapy, neurocognitions and "The Dancing Brain"! On the 2 and 3 of October 2021, the Dutch association for Dance Therapy, known as NVDAT, will be hosting an international event about Dance movement therapy and it's contributions to neurocognitive health. 
This will be a symposium filled with national and international workshops, presentations and Keynote speakers who have a lot of knowledge to share about Dance Therapy and Neurocognitive Health. In line with this symposium, the European Association Dance Movement Therapy,will also have its General Assembly. This will take place at the end of this weekend.

We are very happy with the hosting of the festival 'Dutch Dance Days' (Nederlandse dansdagen). It’s the first time that an NVDAT event takes place in co-operation with a big and important event in Dutch’ Dance world. This is a big step in the acknowledgment of dance movement therapy in the Netherlands on the side of "dance"

This symposium will take place on October 2 and 3, in Maastricht, which is in the South of the Netherlands. Due to the Covid-19 regulations, it will be a 'hybrid' symposium; parts will take place with live participants and will be streamed online, parts will be purely online. Numbers for live attendace will be limited, so make sure you save your spot! 

Important note for live participation:
Before you enter the building, you have to show a QR code to prove that you are vaccinated, recovered from a Covid 19 infection or did a negative test through 
The nearby test location is Maastricht – MECC, Paul-Henri Spaaklaan, 6229 EN, Maastricht. 

The adress of the live location (dance school Kumulus) is:
Herbenusstraat 89 
6211 RB Maastricht

Keynote speakers: 

  • Dr. Beatrice Allegranti, Italian-Irish award winning choreographer, dance movement psychotherapist: ‘Moving Kinship with the More-than-Human. Working with the entanglements of choreography, affect and the brain.’
  • Prof. Dr. Hedda Lausberg, Dance therapist, Full Professor of Neurology, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Psychiatry at the German Sport University Cologne. Presenting BAST System, a diagnostic tool for the analysis of movement behaviour.’
  • and Prof. Dr. Susan van Hooren, Extraordinary Professor and Lecturer in Arts Therapies. ‘The neuropsychology of expressive body movement: Moving to a stronger evidence base for dance movement theory with neuroscience?

Workshops/ presentations:

  • Beatrice Allegranti: Moving Kinship: Developing short embodied performances (Part 2)
  • Hedda Lausberg: BAsT-system, Movement Analysis Scales & Test (Lausberg 1997). A diagnostic tool for the analysis of movement behavior, specifically those movement features which reflect an individual’s body image.
  • Dr. Rebecca Barnstaple: ‘Movement Lab': A guided exploration of emerging research in neuroscience and dance.
  • Astrid Struijk & Katharina Conradi: Total body integration through Bartenieff Fundamentals as a tool in recovery from motor impairments caused by Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
  • Regina Magnus & Inge Oosterveld: Movement profile and Dance therapeutic interventions with clients with Korsakov Syndrome
  • Marie-Louise Gilcher & Regina Magnus: How the perception and experience of 'space' differs in clients with Dementia, Korsakov Syndrome and Acquired Brain Injury.

Click here to download the program booklet.

Prices and options:

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the number of live participants is limited. Please let us know if you want to attend the symposium live or online. If the number of live participants is reached, you will receive an email that you are on the waiting list. As soon as the number of live participants, that we may welcome according tot the Covid-19 restrictions, increases we will let you know and would love to meet you in person. 


Important note: by signing up for this symposium (live attendance), you give permission to be on camera for the streaming services of the symposium.