Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MS in Dance/Movement Therapy


Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program


Transformation of the self in belly dance occurs in the dance’s movements and in the aspects of rhythm, ritual, and connection. Through the development of awareness and embodiment in belly dance, the mover experiences physical, psychological, social, and spiritual growth. Practiced in individual and group settings, belly dance promotes self-­‐awareness and self-­‐expression, as well as the opportunity for the witnessing of one’s self-­‐expression by a supportive community in a safe environment, and it is a pertinent method of leisure and performance art across gender, cultural, and socioeconomic boundaries.