Dr. Thania Acarón

Dr Thania Acarón PhD, BC-DMT, R-DMP, FHEA

Lecturer, Performing Arts


Tel: +44 (0)1792 482 015
E-mail: thania.acaron@uwtsd.ac.uk

Thania Acaron

Focus on performance, movement, physical theatre and interdisciplinary practice.

Thania Acarón is a dance movement therapist, performer and choreographer from Puerto Rico, currently based in Scotland. Thania has advanced credentialing in the US & UK as a lecturer and clinical supervisor and maintains an active choreographic  and performance practice as co-artistic director of Orphaned Limbs Collective (www.orphanedlimbs.com)

She holds a Master's Degree in Dance Education from New York University and obtained her PhD on dance and violence prevention at the University of Aberdeen. Thania offers international workshops on interdisciplinary practice and the relationship between movement and wellbeing. Website: www.thania.info

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • American Dance Therapy Association
  • Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK
  • Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Site Specific Performance
  • Dance
  • Physical Theatre
  • Interdisciplinary Creative Inquiry and Collaboration
  • Movement and wellbeing
  • Embodiment in Performance Practice
  • Creative Arts Therapies
  • Creative Arts & Violence Prevention/Peace-building
  • Biopsychosocial effects of trauma and PTSD
  • Body-based symptoms of burnout prevention and secondary traumatic stress
  • Somatic practices
  • Body-image and dissociation
  • Gender and Sexuality in Performance and Therapeutic Practice
  • Choreography & Performance
  • Violence Prevention Through Movement
  • Movement Decision-Making
  • Dance Movement Psychotherapy 
  • Dance Education

PhD Thesis:

The practitioner’s body of knowledge: Dance/Movement in training programmes that address violence, conflict and peace. University of Aberdeen (2015) Link

Journal Articles:

2017 (in press). Movement Decision-Making in Violence Prevention and Peace Practices. Link

2016. Traversing Distance and Proximity: The Integration of Psychodrama and Dance Movement Psychotherapy Techniques in Supervision, Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, Volume 11, Issue 1,  pp.1-15.  Link

2015. Shape (in)g Space: Body, Boundaries and Violence, Space and Culture. Vol 19, Issue 2, pp. 139-149.  Link

2011. The Body and Other Demons, Journal for Creativity in Mental Health, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp. 244-248. Link

Book Chapters:

2017. Therapeutic Performance: When Private Moves into Public. In: V. Karkou, S. Oliver and Lycouris, eds., The Oxford Handbook for Dance and Wellbeing. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Link

Rios, S. & Acarón, T. 2017. (in press). Peacebuilding and Dance in the Afro-Colombian Funerary Ritual, In: Scott Appleby, Jolyon Mitchell, Hal Culbertson and Theodora Hawksley (eds) The Arts of Peacebuilding, Oxford University Press 'Strategic Peacebuilding' Series.

Book Review:

2014. The Choreography of Conflict: Conflict, Movement and Neuroscience, Cooperation and Conflict Journal. Vol 51, Issue 3, pp. 402-404. Link 

Conference Proceedings:

Scottish Dance Movement Therapy Report, American Dance Therapy Association Conference Proceedings, October 2013

Surveying the Practice of Dance/Movement Therapy in Educational Settings: A Study of Uniformity and Diversity - Master’s Research Project & Poster Session Presented at the American Dance Therapy Association - This quantitative research study statistically describes the practice of dance movement psychotherapy in K–12 school settings in the United States. Abstract published in the 2004 American Dance Therapy Journal, 26 (1), p. 51.

Translated “Healing Processes in Group Dance Therapy” by Claire Schmais English-Spanish. Fundamental article on dance/movement therapy practices, authorised by one of the most influential dance movement psychotherapists in the field.

Awarded title of Ambassador of Dance at the Puerto Rico International Festival 2017

Recipient of Bonnie Bird/Marion North Choreographic Mentorship Award Tramway (2016)

Artistic Director, Orphaned Limbs Collective