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I've the following sentence:


"In the United States, influenced by the birth of modern dance and prevailing psychotherapeutic methods, a group of dancers in the 1930s, switched focus from teaching dance to allowing individuals to integrate ‘bodymind’ and becoming the founders of DMT."

I've edited the above as

"In the United States, influenced by the birth of modern dance and prevailing psychotherapeutic methods, a group of dancers in the 1930s switched focus from teaching dance to allowing individuals to integrate ‘bodymind’ and thus becoming the founders of DMT"

Is this OK? Comma deletion is the simple rule of not separating the subject and verb. I want to know about the change I made to the other one. If there is more better version than this, please provide with an explanation. If you want to know the context in which the topic is discussed, few lines of the para are as below:


"Dance for healing has been around since prehistoric times and is found across cultures with examples of shaman and tribal dancing. DMT, although not fully studied, is a burgeoning form of this kind of intervention. In the United States, influenced by the birth of modern dance and prevailing psychotherapeutic methods, a group of dancers in the 1930s, switched focus from teaching dance to allowing individuals to integrate ‘bodymind’ [Q1] and becoming the founders of DMT. Growing organically from healing work with patients in hospitals and psychiatric institutions, DMT integrates the disciplines of dance and psychotherapy and utilizes the body to help the mind."

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As a follow up to the above, there is one more doubt in the below sentence that occurs exactly after the last sentence of the para I gave above:

"DMT relies on the physicality of movement to allow the client to express emotions providing its therapeutic foundation"

I feel a comma should be needed before the word "providing" because "DMT's relying on the physicality of movement to allow the client to express emotions" is the therapeutic foundation of DMT. Or would it be appropriate to change the above sentence as

"DMT relies on the physicality of movement to allow the client to express emotions and thus providing its therapeutic foundation"

Awaiting discussion on this one....
In the United States, influenced by the birth of modern dance and prevailing psychotherapeutic methods, a group of dancers in the 1930s switched focus from teaching dance to allowing individuals to integrate ‘bodymind’ and thus became the founders of DM.

DMT relies on the physicality of movement to allow the client to express emotions, providing its therapeutic foundation.

'Client' seems wrong. I would think either 'patient' (for therapy) or 'performer' (for dance).
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Thanks Micawber. I know the comma is the best option there, but can you let me know the rule behind this (for the sentence "DMT relies on the..."). Also, in the previous sentence can we write 'integrate "body" with "mind"' (in line with the sentence that immediately follows; please see the para I've provided)?
I know the comma is the best option there, but can you let me know the rule behind this (for the sentence "DMT relies on the..."). -- You need it to indicate that the foundation is provided by all of the foregoing text (as I think you understood, judging from your explanation). However, I almost commented that it was not the best structuring, and I also missed your suggested alternative, which I think would be better than the original if it were amended thus:

DMT relies on the physicality of movement to allow the client to express emotions. This provides its therapeutic foundation.

Also, in the previous sentence can we write 'integrate "body" with "mind"' (in line with the sentence that immediately follows; please see the para I've provided)?-- I presume so, but please provide the amended sentence as you would see it.
Thanks a lot for your explanation Micawber. Your comments match with that of mine. Just needed clarification from experts like you. Thanks once again.
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