American Journal of Dance Therapy

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 287–299 | Cite as

Participatory Transaction in Dance/Movement Therapy

  • Judith Ehrman-ShapiroEmail author


This article has two purposes: (a) to describe the intersections among dance/movement therapy, transpersonal participatory theory, and experiential education; and (b) to discuss the practice insights that arose from the creation of a conference workshop in relation to this theoretical integration. The author presented a workshop in Prague, Czech Republic, at the International Transpersonal Conference (ITC) in September 2017. This workshop involved an exploration of the transformational aspects of movement, intersubjectivity, and cocreated meaning elicited in dance/movement therapy, and the formation and performance of group narrative. This paper explores the theoretical underpinnings that guided the construction of this conference workshop in dance/movement therapy, integrating theory from multiple disciplines. The paper will also explore the value of, and issues pertaining to, conference workshop construction. The term participatory transaction will be introduced, defining a phenomenon whereby all members of an educational experience, in the act of cocreation, receive benefits therein.


Transpersonal psychology Dance/movement therapy Experiential education Conference workshop construction Participatory transaction 


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The author declares that the author has no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal participants performed by the author.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Integral and Transpersonal PsychologyCalifornia Institute of Integral StudiesSan FranciscoUSA

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