6 October 2022 - 20 October 2022 1:30 - 3:30 pm ET

Stress Management and Performance Anxiety Part I and Part II

Part I is based on a reflexive approach aiming at better understanding the nature and types of stress and performance anxiety, and the multiple risk factors that may affect dancers’ stress management abilities. Participants will gain awareness of their own stress factors, be able to help students understand how stress can affect their performance, and be able to apply these concepts in their pedagogical approach.

Part II aims at developing psychosomatic skills that will help dancers to attend to their own physical and mental well-being, and improve their dance training and performance. Participants will learn to identify stress prevention practices, coping strategies, and somatic tools, in order to facilitate students’ wellness and learning abilities.

PART I – October 6, 2022


  • Learn about the nature of stress and performance anxiety.
  • Gain knowledge on the link between eustress, distress and optimal dance performance.
  • Identify the multiple factors that affect dancers’ stress.
  • Heighten self-awareness of personal values, attitudes and life habits that reinforce your own stress.


  • Have a better understanding of the nature and types of stress, and performance anxiety.
  • Have better knowledge about the link between eustress, distress, and optimal dance performance.
  • Be able to identify the factors that affect your own stress levels.
  • Be able to help students understand the nature of stress and how stress factors, attitudes and life habits can affect their performance.
  • Be able to incorporate these concepts in your dance pedagogy, in order to facilitate students’ learning.

PART II – October 20, 2022


  • Identify effective coping strategies that may apply to personal and academic life, and to dance training and performance.
  • Identify prevention tools for effective stress management in dance.
  • Learn to use somatic tools to prevent distress and heighten dance performance.
  • Gain self-awareness of personal values, attitudes and life habits that promote your own global wellness.


  • Have an increased understanding of effective strategies for dancers in dealing with daily stress.
  • Have better knowledge about stress prevention tools that may enhance global wellness and artistic performance.
  • Be able to teach students prevention tools and mental training skills to improve their global wellness, dance training and performance.
  • Be able to incorporate somatic tools in your dance pedagogy, in order to facilitate students’ wellness and learning abilities.


  •     Computer or mobile device with internet connection
  •     Speakers


  • The webinars will be presented via Zoom
  • The webinars will be recorded. The recording will be made available to all registrants

CPD Hours:

  • 2 hours Time-Valued CPD per webinar
  • Hours awarded regardless if you attend live or view the recording

Jo-Anne La Flèche

Jo-Anne La Flèche is a clinical psychologist at L’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, a professional dance school based in Montréal, where she teaches performance psychology to students, psycho-pedagogy to dance educators, and provides counseling sessions.

She has given workshops and lectures to the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA), the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), the RAD/Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre’s SunDance, and the Dance Bridge Project. She is a psychology consultant for Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine, and a contributor to the Dance Current.

She is the current Co-President of Healthy Dancer Canada and is a member of PAMA, IADMS, The Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health, and the International Working Group on Personal Safety.

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Key Information

Time Duration Fee
1:30 - 3:30 pm ET 2 x 2 hour sessions (4 hours total) $60: Members
$80: Non-Members