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.