Danubius International Conferences, 9th International Conference The Danube - Axis of European Identity

Communication through Dance– Therapeutic Method in Working with Young People

Daniela Popa, Mirela Arsith
Last modified: 2019-06-17


At the basis of the current study lies the project “LOVE Life and Dance: Expressive therapy for empowering youth” and documentation will be focused in the direction of the project’s scientific purpose: development and testing of innovative methods for working with young people, by means of art-therapy expressive techniques. As this project is focused towards a scientific standardization of these expressive techniques, the purpose of this article is to share the results of the research component of this project. The objectives of this project start from the benefits of dance and movement therapy for the improvement of certain key psychological indicators: empowerment, self-esteem and decision-making. Dance as physical movement on a proper musical background appears as a basic notion in the studies on expressive therapies. It has been observed that young people are more receptive to non-formal working methods, given the fact that dance and/or movement therapies provide meaningful results in case of anxiety disorders, depression, low self-esteem and social isolation and improving communication.