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“I am a night owl, sleep all day and work all night, wandering in the darkness” - An Tran

I was born in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City and pursued art studies in Vietnam and the United Kingdom. Before 2014, I travelled around the globe for my international practice, art residence and exhibitions. I settled in New Zealand in 2014 and began my dance movement journey in Down Under.

I enjoy the process of making art and the psychological impacts that lie underneath. Both majors in psychology and art enrich my knowledge, thus empowering the works I am developing as a dance/movement therapist and a performance artist. I work with people needing art/body movement, especially children.


I am a professional member of the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia. I offer personal therapy for DMT students in Aotearoa and overseas. Occasionally, I am a guest lecturer for the Master of Dance Movement Therapy program at the Dance Studies at the University of Auckland. I also tutor Developmental and Applied Psychology at the School of Psychology. 



Young Leadership Award,
by the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA)



Artist in Residency (mixed media art)
Vermont Studio Center, USA


“CDEF Talent Prize” in Performance art
Embassy of Denmark, Hanoi, Viet Nam


Researching Jewelry Design, 
World Gold Council in Viet Nam


2022 on going     

Master of Science (Psychology) - Research 

The University of Auckland, New Zealand


Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Psychology) with Distinction

The University of Auckland, New Zealand


Graduate Diploma in Science (Psychology)

The University of Auckland, New Zealand


Master of Arts in Fine Art – University for the Creative Arts, 
Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom.


Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Arts – Fine Arts Program,
Hong Bang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.

Professional Development Courses 


The BodyMind Approach® on patients with medically unexplained symptoms with Professor Helen Payne, University of Hertfordshire, UK


Restorative Movement Psychotherapy (RMP) for Survivors of Trauma, using Polyvagal Theory with Dr Amber Gray, Founder and Executive Director of the Kint Institute, USA


Embodying the Embryological Foundation of Movement with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Founder of the Body-Mind Centering® (BMC), The School of Body-Mind Centering®, USA


Authentic Movement and Physical Storytelling with Connor Kelly, Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist, USA & New Zealand


The NIA Technique (White belt) with Debbie Rosas, CEO of The Nia Technique, USA


Diploma/Certificate in Dance Movement Therapy, Advanced Clinical Practicum
Dance Therapy New Zealand, New Zealand


Certificate Diploma in Early Childhood and Adult Education, 
Playcentre Education, New Zealand


Graphic Design and Creative courses with International artist Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Founder of Digital Portfolio Interchange Center, HCMC, Viet Nam.

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