Dance Therapy
Dance Therapy
Greensboro Dance & Drama Therapy (336) 698-6723
Greensboro Dance & Drama      Therapy(336) 698-6723

Why choose Dance/Movement Therapy or Drama Therapy?

Greensboro Dance & Drama Therapy

What is Dance/Movement Therapy and Drama Therapy?

Why choose Dance/Movement Therapy or Drama Therapy?


These therapies work in the experiential modalities of expressive art therapy that focuses upon enhancing the connection between the mind and the body. Dance/Movement Therapy and Drama Therapy foster growth by expanding movement repertoires and by encouraging individuals to within a therapy setting practice movements and role playing that allows for healing and growth on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. 


Dance/Movement Therapy and Drama Therapy can make the difference between resistance and relationship in the therapy setting by creating non-threatening group and individual therapy exploration of feelings and therapeutic issues, such as self-esteem or personal insight.


I like to think of Dance/Movement Therapy and Drama Therapy as additional tools to the traditional verbal therapies. Instead of only sitting and talking about your problems, feelings and experiences you can add the opportunity to get up and use therapy to express them through dance, movement, and drama. For example: Showing/expressing anger in your body is much more powerful than sitting still and talking about it.


When feelings and emotions are expressed through the body and mind then total, integrated therapeutic healing can take place. Dance/Movement Therapy and Drama Therapy allow for this integration in an active and often fun manner.

Who Can Benefit From

Dance/Movement Therapy and Drama Therapy?

Dance/Movement Therapy and Drama Therapy can be beneficial to everyone and all ages. Populations may include physical and sexual abuse survivors, people recovering from substance abuse, the developmentally and physically disabled, at-risk youth, dysfunction families, prison inmates and the general public. Experiences occur in and outside of therapy settings.


Dance/Movement Therapy and Drama Therapy can make a difference for people with...

With Alzheimer's Disease
In therapy experiences from the person's past are selected to trigger short and long term memory, decrease agitation, and enhance reality orientation.
With Chronic Illness
In therapy experiences distract people from pain and facilitate needed relaxation.
With Head Injuries
In therapy experiences encourage self-expression, communication and socialization, and to facilitate cognitive retraining.
With Substance Abuse Problems
In therapy the difference between denial and determination is made, experimental techniques confront the client's barriers to the recovery process.
With Developmental Disabilities
In therapy sessions are structured to teach cognitive, motor, and daily living skills and provide the opportunity to experience success.
With Physical Disabilities
In therapy experiences promote rehabilitative goals and to increase motivation and success.
Cutting-edge applications of Creative Arts Therapies are being used to address the most complex societal issues. Issues being addressed are those that have been identified as key federal initiatives by the President and Cabinet officials.
For example:

  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Alzheimer's Disease Treatment
  • Campaign Against Suicide
  • Domestic Violence Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Health Prevention and Promotion
  • Breast Cancer Treatment


Where can I find Dance and Drama Therapy?

Angela Wiley currently offers Dance/Movement Therapy and Drama Therapy in her work at her private practice, Greensboro Dance & Drama Therapy in Greensboro, North Carolina.
 Angela is currently the South Carolina contact for the American Dance Therapy Association and is one of a few Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapists in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina. Angela is one of two Board Certified Trainers for Drama Therapy in the state of North Carolina. Angela is also the North American Drama Therapy Association East Coast Representative.

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What Is Dance/Movement Therapy?

Dance/movement therapy follows the idea that the body, the mind and the spirit are interconnected. It is a direct expression and experience of oneself through the body. It encourages individuals to embody their feelings and emotions so they can are expressed both verbally and physically. This integration achieves healing for the body, mind and spirit.


Dance/movement therapy is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association as: "the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process that furthers the emotional, cognitive, social and physical integration of the individual."


Dance/Movement Therapy is rooted in the expressive nature of dance itself and had it's beginnings in the world of dance. DMT pioneers began as dancers and incorporated psychological theories into their work.

Early pioneers include: Marion Chace 1896-1970, Blanche Evan 1909-1982, Liljan Espenak, Mary Whitehouse 1911-1979, Trudi Schoop and Alma Hawkins 

  Dance/Movement Therapy Fact Sheet       

  • Dance/movement therapy emerged as a distinct profession in the 1940's.

  • The American Dance Therapy Association was formed in 1966. It maintains a code of ethics and has established standards for professional practice, education and training.

  • There are approximately 1203 dance/movement therapists in 46 states and 29 foreign countries.

  •    Dance/movement therapy is an effective treatment for people with developmental, medical, social, physical and psychological impairments.

  •  Dance/movement therapy is practiced in mental health rehabilitation, medical, educational, forensic, nursing homes, day care, disease prevention and health promotion programs.

  •  Dance/movement therapy is used with people of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds in individual, couples, family, and group therapy formats.

  • Entry into the profession of dance/movement therapy is at the Master's level. The title "Registered-Dance Movement Therapist" (R-DMT) is granted to entry level dance/movement therapists who have a master's degree which includes 700 hundred hours of supervised clinical internship. The advanced level of registry, "Board Certified-Dance Movement Therapist", (BC-DMT) is awarded only after DMT's have completed 3,640 hours of supervised clinical work in an agency, institution or special school, with additional supervision from an BC-DMT.

I like to think of these therapies as additional tools to the traditional verbal therapies. Instead of only sitting and talking about your problems, feelings and experiences you can add the opportunity to get up and express them through dance, movement, and drama. -Angela Wiley

Contact the American Dance Therapy Association for more information

What Is Drama Therapy?

Drama therapy evolved from the experience and research of psychotherapists, teachers, and theater professionals who recognized that sometimes traditional verbal therapies were too rigid to permit clients to confront and work through individual disturbances. The balanced verbal and non-verbal components of drama therapy with its language of metaphor allow clients to work productively within a therapeutic alliance.


Registered Drama Therapists are trained in theater arts, psychology, and psychotherapy. Training includes improvisation, puppetry, role-playing, pantomime, mask work, and theatrical production. Training in psychology and psychotherapy includes theories of personality, group process, and supervised clinical experience with a broad range of populations. The Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) title is awarded drama therapists who have a master's degree which includes 500 hours of drama/theater experience, 300 hours of on-site internship in drama therapy with at least 30 hours of supervision by a RDT (or other registered creative arts therapist or credentialed master's-level mental health professional), and 1000 paid hours of drama therapy experience.


Registered Drama Therapist/Board Certified Trainer (RDT/BCT) is a Registered Drama Therapist who is a clinician or practitioner, trainer and/or a supervisor and has been a RDT for 5 years and has shown advanced training and supervisory skills in the field of drama therapy. A BCT has the responsibility of training, guiding and mentoring individuals who aspire to becoming RDTs. The Board Certified Trainer is a member of the faculty of the North American Drama Therapy Association. The BCT supervises the education of Alternative Route Trainees and guides them through their training toward the RDT. The BCT is responsible to the drama therapist in training, as well as to the NADT which creates the guidelines for training. The BCT is also a teacher who is well grounded in drama therapy and is familiar with its scope of practice. The BCT must also show active involvement in the association.

A drama therapist first assesses a client's needs and then considers approaches that might best meet those needs. Drama therapy can take many forms depending on individual and group needs, skill and ability levels, interests, and therapeutic goals.


Processes and techniques may include improvisation, theater games, storytelling, and enactment. Angela uses role plays and metaphors to help individuals tell stories and express struggles in a safe, fun, non-threatening manner. This allows for the development of “alternates” so that dysfunctional patterns can be changed and new positive endings can be experienced.


Drama therapy is an active approach to therapy that helps clients tell their stories, solve problems, achieve catharsis and understand the meaning of their own dreams, images and symbols. It strengthens the ability of individuals to recognize the functions of various roles that they play in their lives.

Drama therapy is defined by the North American Drama Therapy Association as "the systematic and intentional use of drama/theater processes, products, and associations to achieve the therapeutic goals of symptom relief, emotional and physical integration and personal growth.

Want to learn how to reconnect to your child? Want to have more play in your life and with your family. I can help! I specialize in helping parents learn how to positively shape their children's behaviors through the use of play.

Things can get better!

Call Angela.



Contact via email

Phone:   (336) 698-6723 

Mailing address:

5603 B West Friendly Ave Suite 103 Greensboro, NC 27410.


Office Hours:

By Appointment Only.


Delays and Closings follow the Guilford Co. School System.

2 hr delay = open at 10 AM.


Most urgent appointments can be accommodated within 48 hrs.

All emergencies call

911 or National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800 273-8255.

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