Can dance be integrated to rehabilitation treatments? Can dance therapy and health care complete each other?
With this webinar, Brigitte Lachance hopes to raise awareness among dance and health professionals on how dance therapy programs can complement rehabilitation treatments. The foundations of the discipline will be touched upon, including the Laban-Bartenieff approach, group processes and the integration of rehabilitation and improvisation. Brigitte will also present the results of research studies that focused on the topic. Finally, the challenges of sustaining such programs in clinical settings and some possible solutions will be discussed.
This event is presented by the National Centre for Dance Therapy and supported by the RBC Foundation. It is dedicated to all dance and health care professionals who wish to learn about the issues of integrating dance therapy to physical rehabilitation treatments.
We are only accepting a small number of participants. Please reserve your spot below and, if you cannot make it, let us know in advance so we can free your space for someone on the waiting list.
Brigitte Lachance is a physiotherapist, with a Master’s in Rehabilitation Sciences and a Bachelor’s in Dance. She has studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies and has worked as a freelancer dancer in various companies during her years in New York. Having become a certified analyst in Laban and Bartenieff Fundamentals, she focused on teaching contemporary dance and improvisation in Montreal. She founded her own company (1991-1996), which presented her work in various scenes of contemporary dance.
As a physiotherapist, she worked at the Constance Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre where she launched, in 2006, a dance therapy program for people with physical handicaps, having suffered from a stroke, or having multiple sclerosis. In 2009, the Lucie Bruneau readaptation centre approved a project in dance therapy for an heterogenous group of people with physical handicaps.
In 2011, she joined a team of clinicians and researchers at the CIUSSS Centre Sud de l’ile de Montréal who aim to improve the interventions and better understand the impact of the project. As of today, two scientific articles have been published to support the impact of dance therapy.