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Teaching interests

  • Dance Movement Psychotherapy
  • Arts, Health & Wellbeing
  • Embodied Self-Care (The Body Hotel)
  • Embodied Decision Making
  • Violence prevention through Movement
  • Physical Theatre
  • Dance Education
  • Choreography / Performance
  • Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Work with LGBT+ Community
  • International Professional Development
  • Workshop Facilitation & Curriculum Development

Research interests

Dr Thania Acarón is a dance movement therapist, researcher, lecturer and performer from Puerto Rico, currently based in Wales. She obtained her PhD on the role of dance in violence prevention at the University of Aberdeen and holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University. She is additionally certified as a clinical supervisor and dance movement psychotherapist in the UK and US and has worked in this field since 2006. She has choreographed and performed with companies and independent dance artists in New York, California, Argentina, Madrid and the UK. Acarón founded her own company in 2020, The Body Hotel LTD, which focuses on movement-for-wellbeing training, professional development programmes & dance movement psychotherapy services to the health, wellbeing, education & arts sector. In terms of her artistic practice, Thania co-directs Orphaned Limbs Collective (Scotland), and Fflamingo (Wales). She is the recipient of the 2017 award as Puerto Rico Ambassador for Dance at the International Dance Festival and the 2016 Bonnie Bird/Marion North Choreographic Mentorship Award. 

Dr Acarón currently works as a lecturer at the University of South Wales in the Faculty of Creative Industries. She also offers international workshops on movement for wellbeing, therapeutic work with the LGBT+ community, embodied decision-making, physical theatre/contemporary dance, interdisciplinary therapeutic arts and violence prevention. 


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Social media (Facebook/Instragram/Twitter): @thebodyhotel @thaniaacaron

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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