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authentic movement

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Authentic Movement is a form of dance movement therapy. It is self-directed movement usually done with eyes closed and attention directed inward, in the presence of at least one witness. Movers explore spontaneous gestures, movements, and stillness, following inner impulses in the present moment. The witness watches and tracks inner responses to the mover with the intention of not judging, but focusing on self-awareness.

Private $80—Ongoing group $35 per session

Authentic Movement


Authentic Movement cultivates a contemplative frame of mind, clarity of perception and movement that is personally enhancing. The particular relationship between mover and witness in moving and being seen by another, creates a powerful framework within which this work takes place. Authentic Movement is practiced individually or in a group with an experienced teacher/witness. When more experienced movers are taught to become witnesses they may continue working with this method in peer groups and dyads.


Authentic Movement's original practitioners integrated Jung's concept of active imagination with modern dance movement improvisation. Students of pioneers such as Mary Whitehouse, Joan Chodorow, and Janet Adler have developed the form in various ways including:

  • as a meditative, spiritual practice that integrates body and mind for increased access to consciousness.

  • as part of psychotherapy process, for enhanced sense of self and well being, often bringing what is unconscious to awareness.

  •  as artistic support, to connect with creativity and creative process, unblocking and opening to new ideas.

  •  as community outreach and development in community long circles, that address and solve community- wide problems.

Authentic Movement has grown and evolved over many years. It is an open and unfolding form. Currently there are many experienced practitioners and teachers of Authentic Movement and the variety and diversity of the expression of authentic movement throughout the world is valued by the community.

Michelle Hogan Authentic Movement

Michelle Hogan

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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