Japan Dance Therapy Association

Welcome to JADTA

Presidential Address

machidaWelcome to our site.
I sincerely welcome you to use our information and technique we have accumulated thus far.
We hope that we develop further with a new stimulus from you.
Thank you,

Shoichi Machida, president of JADTA


JADTA is to develop communication among dance therapists and the people concerned with dance therapy, to inform the role and its techniques of dance therapy, and to promote dance therapy in mental health and the community-at-large.


JADTA is a non-profit organization founded in Tokyo in 1992.
The number of members is 270 in 2016.
The qualification system for dance therapist started in 1999, and two more qualifications, associate dance therapist and dance therapy leader, started in 2005. The Japanese term “dance therapist” has been our registered trademark since 2007.


1. Training
We have the training lecture twice a year and annual conference. In there we provide comprehensive knowledge and workshop of dance therapy for members and citizen.
2. License
We organize a license system to raise technical level and qualify therapist’s ability.
3. Study
We support member’s study by publicizing our annual journal “Dance Therapy Study”.
4. Publication
At first, we have seasonal newsletter “JADTA News”. We introduce some news about dance therapy and relational information as domestic & international topics, articles & references, and interview with special persons.
Next, by our official site, we provide information of dance therapy, activity of our members, events, database, and SNS.
5. Grant
We aids our members to act in their area. For example we have aided some members for supporting the survivors from the earthquakes.
6. International Exchange
We take part in the evens for dance therapy in foreign countries and promote international relationship.

The board of directors

– Shoichi Machida (professor emeritus of Otsuma Women’s University)
Honorary president
– Mieko Fuji (president of Mieko Fuji Contemporary Dance Institute)
– Sharon Chaiklin (the 2nd president of ADTA)
– Takane Hirai (the foremer president:professor of Nagoya University of Arts And Sciences)
– Touru Iwashita (Butoh dancer of Sankaijuku)
– Gosei Hirata (Executive Director of Jikei Gakuen)
– Yukiko Ohnuma (associate professor of Tokyo Ariake University of Medical and Health Sciences)
– Toshiharu Kasai (professor of Sapporo Gakuin University)
General Manager
– Arisa Yagi (professor of Japan Women’s College of Physical Education)
Editor in chief of Japanese Journal of Dance Therapy
– Kumi Naruse (professor of Nara Women’s University)
Committee for dancetherapist certification
– Yukiko Ohnuma (associate professor of Tokyo Ariake University of Medical and Health Sciences)
Committee for dancetherapist qualification system
– Toshiharu Kasai (professor of Sapporo Gakuin University)
Committee for training
– Yukiko Ohnuma
Newsletter editorial board
– Jin Hoshino (Director of Bibai Suzuran Clinic)
Regional DMT Promotion Committee
– Asuka Watanabe (professor of Hokkaido Bunkyo University)
International Committee
– Yukari Sakiyama (associate professor of Mukogawa Women’s University)
Web Manager
– Jin Hoshino

Certified Dance Therapist

We have a licence system for dance therapy. We have certified about 30 certified dance therapists.


Japanese Journal of Dance Therapy (Vol.1-9)

Annual Conference

26th Annual Conference
2-3 September 2017
Hosen College of Childhood Education (Tokyo, JAPAN)
Chairperson: Hiroshi Teruya
Contact: same as below


Japan Dance Therapy Association
office: MC-MUSE, 2-17-13, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 Japan
call: +81-3-3812-3605
fax: +81-3-3812-0376