Dance Movement Therapy Association in Canada

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Board Members

The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the entire direction of the Association. Each Board member commits to a 2-year mandate when elected into their position, and becomes the head of at least one committee. Elections are held every 2 years at DMTAC’s annual general meeting.


Megan English



Megan is a registered psychotherapist/dance movement psychotherapist in private practice offering both individual and group work. The focus of her private practice is the integration of dance movement therapy and sensorimotor psychotherapy in the treatment of trauma, developmental injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Megan knows that a cohesive and strong national association is essential for the development of DMT in Canada. She would like to contribute her experience co-founding DMTO and serving on other boards to the DMTAC/ATDMC board. She believes increased collaboration between regions will help us move closer to our common goals. 


Jessica Houghton



Jessica is a Registered Psychotherapist, Dance Movement Psychotherapist, educator, and dance artist working in private practice in Toronto, where she offers individual and group therapy, as well as educational and personal development workshops. She completed her MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the UK, where she researched the benefits of DMT for survivors of sexual trauma, and worked in adult and childhood mental health in hospital, community and school settings. Jessica's passion is to create supportive spaces where clients can access their embodied intuition and explore the richness of their internal world through creative movement. She is a firm believer in the transformative power of dance and movement, and is committed to supporting the development of DMT as a profession in Canada.




Shaila Khan


Shaila is completing her DMT training through the Alternate Route. She works full-time as
a health educator and training specialist in post-secondary education. She enjoys offering
body-based movement and dance workshops to allow for creative explorations focusing on
embodying resiliency and accessing innate pleasure and sensuality as a form of empowerment. Her teaching style incorporates anti-oppressive and a trauma-informed lens. Shaila also likes to provide practical ways that movement can support our nervous-system regulation as well be a potent form of mindfulness beyond sitting meditation. She is completing her Masters in Dance at York University and her thesis is focused on sensuality and pleasure as a radical act of health within DMT.

Mithila Ballal

Board Member

Mithila completed her masters in Dance/Movement Therapy and Mental Health Counselling from Lesley University. She works in a clinic as a registered psychotherapist and registered dance/movement therapist. She uses talk therapy as well as movement therapy with clients to help them with self-exploration. She uses techniques and interventions to help them bring their body, mind and soul together. She also teaches dance to children and adults and this helps her to be more intuitive when observing clients’ body languages.

Board Member

Megan has an MA in Somatic Counselling Psychology with a concentration in Dance/Movement from Naropa University. Since 2008, she has maintained a diverse private somatic counselling practice and In December 2009, her article "Death and Dying: Implications for Dance Movement Therapy" was awarded the Marian Chace Journalism Award. She has been a proud member of DMTAC since its inception and hopes to be part of a team continuing to expand interest in this incredible field to those seeking a somatic experience whether in their work or in their path to wellness.

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Ayana Spivak

Board Member

Ayana is an Ontario based Dance/Movement Psychotherapist with an MA in Psychology, Diploma in Dance/Movement Psychotherapy from Moscow, Russia, and graduated as an Expressive Arts Therapist in Canada. Since 2011, Ayana has been collaborating with various social agencies providing Dance Movement Psychotherapy for groups of seniors, individuals with ambulatory disabilities and individuals with developmental challenges. Ayana is ready to contribute her time and efforts to Membership and Recourse Committees.

Zuzana Sevcikova

Board Member / Past President

Zuzana is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, Registered Drama Therapist and Canadian Certified Counsellor. She holds an MA in Drama Therapy and a BFA in contemporary dance and psychology from Concordia University in Montreal. She is a graduate of the Dance/Movement Therapy Alternate Route Program from the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center in New York City. She is a graduate of Duncan Centre dance conservatory and a Physiotherapy graduate from a Higher Medical school in Prague, Czech Republic. Zuzana currently works with students and teachers in public schools of the Lester B. Pearson School Board, with people living with Parkinson’s disease at Parkinson en Mouvement and also maintains a private practice. She is a Developmental Transformations (DvT) practitioner and a member of DvT Montreal faculty. Zuzana is one of the founding members of the Dance Movement Therapy Association in Canada (DMTAC) and since 2012 served as its Vice-President.


Mila Volpe

Board Member


Mila is a graduate of the American Dance Therapy Association's Alternate Route Program and is currently working towards completing her internship hours towards R-DMT certification. She is also a PhD student at York University where her research focuses on dance as a psychotherapeutic modality and healing art form. She is a research associate at Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, where she is currently collaborating with digital artists on an immersive DMT workshop aimed at enhancing student health & wellbeing. She is particularly interested in the basic neuroscience of aesthetic experience, the transmission of affect, and the thoughtful integration of theoretical support for DMT from adjacent professions and cultural practices.






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