Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MS in Dance/Movement Therapy


Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program


This thesis explores how Dance/Movement Therapy can support children in palliative care, and provide models for the role of the dance/movement therapist using superhero imagery. The work of five dance/movement therapy pioneers, Marian Chace, Liljan Espenak, Blanche Evan, Trudi Schoop, and Mary Starks Whitehouse, and one foundational theorist, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen are discussed and used as models for the development of dance/movement therapy archetypal superheroes. Case material from a dance/movement therapist’s work in a pediatric palliative care setting is used to illustrate the application of the superhero model.