Jo-Anne La Flèche
Jo-Anne La Flèche is a clinical and performance psychologist, with an MA in Dance and graduate studies in Somatics. Apart from her clinical practice, she gives dance-therapy workshops on self-esteem and embodiment to non-dancers of all ages.
She works as resident psychologist at L’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, a pre professional dance school in Montréal: she teaches performance psychology to students and psycho-pedagogy to dance educators, and provides counseling to students in need. She gives workshops and lectures on dance psychology to various members of the dance community: PAMA, IADMS, RAD, CCDT/ Sundance, Dance Bridge Project, Point Park University Dance Department, TEADE Conference. She has written several articles and informational papers on dancer mental health issues. She is a psychology consultant for Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine.
Ms. La Flèche is a member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). She takes part in the following working groups devoted to dancer health: Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health; Personal Safety in Dance (PSD); and IADMS Advisory Group on Mental Health. She is Co-President of Healthy Dancer Canada (2021-2022).