Élysa started dancing when she was 3 to The Flintstones theme music, and even a bad spell of bronchitis on the day of her first dance recital didn’t stop her from performing! Curious to explore all styles of dance (ballet, jazz, hip hop, baladi, folk dance, swing, funky), she makes sure dance is always present in her life, whether by taking recreational classes, by dancing at home or at the grocery store, or by playing Just Dance.
Having observed the benefits of dance on her daily mood, Élysa quickly became interested in the use of dance as therapy. This lead her to complete the National Centre for Dance Therapy’s Alternate Route training program in 2014-2015. Currently completing her PhD in psychology, specializing in work involving children and teenagers, Élysa wishes to integrate dance and movement to her practice as a psychologist. Her involvement in Les Grands Ballets’ adapted dance classes is a step toward uniting dance and counseling.