The American Journal of Dance Therapy (AJDT) is the official journal of the American Dance Therapy Association. Published twice a year, all members of ADTA receive print copies and complete, full-text access to the journal starting with Volume 1 via the members-only area of this website.

Non-members interested in purchasing single articles from any volume of the AJDT can accomplish this directly through the publisher on the journal website.

Announcing our new co-editors of the American Journal of Dance Therapy! 


   Dr. Thania Acarón  



Aisha Bell Robinson



Dr. Thania Acarón is a lecturer, performer, choreographer and dance movement therapist from Puerto Rico, currently based in Wales. She obtained her PhD on the role of dance in violence prevention at the University of Aberdeen (2015). Dr Acarón holds a master’s degree in Dance Education from New York University (2003) with Alternate Route Certification in Dance Movement Therapy (2004) with advanced certifications in clinical supervision and private practice in the UK (R-DMP) and US (BC-DMT).Thania currently works as a lecturer in arts, health & wellbeing and performance at the Faculty of Creative Industries at University of South Wales. Acarón has taught in over 10 DMT training programmes around the world and co-directs two artists collectives in Wales.

Acarón holds a strong research focus on diversity in therapeutic practice and offers international workshops on dance movement therapy work with the LGBTQ+ community, embodied decision-making, and violence prevention. To further consolidate this work, in 2020 she founded The Body Hotel LTD, (@thebodyhotel), a dance movement therapy social enterprise which provides training, professional development programmes & services to the health, wellbeing, education & arts sectors and underrepresented communities. 

  Aisha Robinson is a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Aisha is the founder of Bella Consulting Group, LLC, focusing on wellness, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and training. Aisha’s professional experience includes executive leadership, clinical specialties with youth and maternal mental health, national training on topics such as ethics, social emotional learning, management, and cultural competence. Aisha was Part-Time faculty in Columbia College Chicago’s Master’s program in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling, and a thesis advisor. She served on the Standards & Ethics Committee for the American Dance Therapy Association. Aisha has peer reviewed articles for the AJDT since 2018. Additionally, she served as a member of the national Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Planning and Implementation teams for Communities In Schools. Her clinical and research foci and interests include adolescents, maternal mental health, and topics related to cultural competence. 

Submission Guidelines for Authors 

General: Manuscripts, in English, should be submitted to the Editor’s Office via the journal’s web-based online manuscript submission and peer-review system: http://ajod.edmgr.comManuscript Submission: Inquiries regarding journal policy, manuscript preparation, and other such general topics should be sent to the co-editors:

Dr Thania Acarón, PhD BC-DMT LCAT R-DMP FHEA Co-Editor 
Aisha Robinson, BC-DMT, LCPC, Co-Editor  

Contact both co-editors at: [email protected]

The online system offers easy straightforward log-in and submission; supports a wide range of submission file formats [such as Word, WordPerfect, RTF, TXT, and LaTeX for manuscripts; TIFF, GIF, JPEG, EPS, PPT, and Postscript for figures (artwork)]; eliminates the need to submit manuscripts as hard-copy printouts, disks, and/or e-mail attachments; enables real-time tracking of manuscript status by author; and provides help should authors experience any submission difficulties.Manuscripts should be checked for content and style (correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar; accuracy and consistency in the citation of figures, tables, and references; stylistic uniformity of entries in the References section; etc.), as the typesetter is instructed to follow (accepted) manuscripts as presented. Page proofs are sent to the designated author for proofreading and checking. Typographical errors are corrected; authors’ alterations are not allowed.

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Submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A statement transferring copyright from the authors (or their employers, if they hold the copyright) to the American Dance Therapy Association is required. Upon commencement of typesetting, the contact author will receive an e-mail directing him/her to a webpage where the transfer-of-copyright form can be signed online. Such a written transfer of copyright, which previously was assumed to be implicit in the act of submitting a manuscript, is necessary under the U.S. Copyright Law in order for the publisher to carry through the dissemination of research results and reviews as widely and effectively as possible.

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Manuscript Style

Type double-spaced using generous margins on all sides. The entire manuscript, including quotations, references, figure-caption lists, and tables, should be double-spaced. Number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals, with the title page being page 1. In order to facilitate masked (previously termed “double-blind”) review, leave all identifying information off the manuscript, including the title page and the electronic file name. Appropriate identifying information is attached automatically to the electronic file. Upon initial submission, the title page should include only the title of the article.An additional title page should be uploaded as a separate submission item and should include the title of the article, author’s name (with degrees), and author’s affiliation. Academic affiliations of all authors should be included. The affiliation should comprise the department, institution (usually university or company), city, and state (or nation) and should be typed as a footnote to the author’s name. This title page should also include the complete mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address of the one author designated to review proofs.
  1. An abstract is to be provided, preferably about 100 words.
  2. A list of 3−5 keywords is to be provided directly below the abstract. Keywords should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes.
  3.  Illustrations (photographs, drawings, diagrams, and charts) are to be numbered in one consecutive series of Arabic numerals and cited in numerical order in the text. Photographs should be high-contrast and drawings should be dark, sharp, and clear. Artwork for each figure should be provided on a separate page. Each figure should have an accompanying caption. The captions for illustrations should be listed on a separate page.
  4. Tables should be numbered (with Arabic numerals) and referred to by number in the text. Each table should be typed on a separate page. Center the title above the table, and type explanatory footnotes (indicated by superscript lowercase letters) below the table.
  5. List references alphabetically at the end of the paper and refer to them in the text by name and year in parentheses. References should include (in this order): last names and initials of all authors, year published, title of article, name of publication, volume number, and inclusive pages. The style and punctuation of the references should conform to strict APA style – illustrated by the following examples: Journal Article Berrol, C. F., Ooi, W. L., & Katz, S. S. (1997). Dance/movement therapy with older adults who have sustained neurological insult: A demonstration project. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 19, 135–160. Book Shapiro, K. J. (1985). Bodily reflective modes: A phenomenological method for psychology. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Contribution to a Book Goodill, S. W., & Cruz, R. F. (2004). Single-subject designs in clinical dance/movement therapy research. In R. F. Cruz (Ed.), Dance/movement therapists in action: A working guide to research options (pp. 92–108). Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas Publisher.
  6. Footnotes should be avoided. When their use is absolutely necessary, footnotes should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and should be typed at the bottom of the page to which they refer. Place a line above the footnote, so that it is set off from the text. Use the appropriate superscript numeral for citation in the text.
  7. In general, the journal follows the recommendations of the 2009 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition), and it is suggested that contributors refer to this publication.

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No Page Charges 

The journal makes no page charges. Reprints are available to authors. Upon the commencement of typesetting, the contact author will receive an e-mail directing him/her to a webpage that provides reprint ordering information, including the current price schedules and where reprints can be ordered online. 



Springer Open Choice 

In addition to the normal publication process (whereby an article is submitted to the journal and access to that article is granted to customers who have purchased a subscription), Springer now provides an alternative publishing option: Springer Open Choice. A Springer Open Choice article receives all the benefits of a regular subscription-based article, but in addition, is made available publicly through Springer’s online platform SpringerLink. After acceptance and upon commencement of typesetting, the contact author will receive an e-mail directing him/her to a webpage that provides Springer Open Access ordering information, including the current price schedule, and where Springer Open Access can be ordered online. Payment must be received in full before publication or articles will publish as regular subscription-model articles. We regret that Springer Open Choice cannot be ordered for published articles. 

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Call for Papers

Special Issue:  Social Justice in Dance/Movement Therapy

As the Co-Editors of the American Journal of Dance Therapy, we are convinced that scholarship and publication can contribute to the role of dance/movement therapists as advocates and leaders. We can help each other learn, grow, and continue to explore the meaning of ethical principles related to justice, respect for persons and autonomy, and how they are actualized in our practice through scholarship—through publication.

Supported by our own ethical commitment to social justice, a special issue on social justice is planned, currently envisioned to comprise the December 2019 issue. American Journal of Dance Therapy is the official publication of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and is designed to meet the needs of clinicians, researchers, and educators in dance/movement therapy. Noting these professionals are currently deeply involved in the health of communities, the global survival of human rights, and the well-being of individuals struggling to live fulfilling lives in a changing world, we invite articles specifically about this work.

Original research papers, narratives, case studies, book/film/materials reviews, editorials, and other submissions are welcomed and must be received by February 28, 2019. The submission of a manuscript does not ensure peer review or acceptance for publication. All manuscripts submitted will follow the standard peer-review and publication processes.

Special-issue submissions that have been accepted but are not ready for publication in the  special issue will be published in Online First when ready and included in a future issue.  Inclusion in the special issue is at the discretion of the Co-Editors.

Please visit the journal homepage at All manuscript submissions should be made via

For further information, please contact the Co-Editors:

Dr Thania Acarón, PhD BC-DMT LCAT R-DMP FHEA, Co-Editor
Aisha Robinson, BC-DMT, LCPC, Co-Editor
Co-editor Email: [email protected]