Dance/Movement Therapy

Dance/movement therapy uses movement to enhance the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive integration of individuals of all ages and abilities. In a pediatric medical setting, Dance/movement therapy functions as a support intervention that compliments conventional medical treatment. Dance/movement therapy is more about the movement than it is about dancing, and you don’t need to be a dancer to participate in or enjoy dance/movement therapy.

Dance/movement therapists are master’s-level clinicians who are trained in the use of movement interventions to facilitate emotional and physical expression and healing with individuals, families, and groups.

The Dance/Movement Therapy Program at Primary Children’s is proud to be funded in part by Drea's Dream, a dance therapy/expressive movement program for children funded by the Andrea Rizzo Foundation. To contact us please email

Therapy Goals

In the pediatric medical setting, Dance/Movement therapy can be used by patients and their families to:

  • Facilitate emotional expression through movement
  • Provide opportunities for choice and control 
  • Facilitate and support positive coping through use of the body
  • Increase self-awareness through integration of the mind and body
  • Help patients build/re-build a positive relationship with their body

Meet Our Dance/Movement Therapists

Sara Schmidt, MA, R-DMT

Sara is a registered dance/movement therapist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling: Dance/movement therapy. Sara is the first dance/movement therapist at Primary Children’s Hospital and started the program in June 2019. Sara’s work includes sessions with individuals and families at the main hospital and facilitating dance/movement groups at Primary Children’s Wasatch Canyon’s Behavioral Health Campus. Sara is passionate about helping individuals and families find hope, joy, and healing through movement.