Inspirations

"Once a competitor, always a competitor. Everyone assumes that as you age your feelings of competitiveness dissipate, but they don't. People my age and older have been telling me they are going to do something they have never done before. I love that."

Dara Torres, 41, is the oldest swimming medalist in Olympic history

Testimonials

Thanks so much for all you've done for our dancers my girls both adore you! I really mean it when I say the gift you have given them of self-esteem, confidence, and personal presence is priceless to me as a parent, as well as to my girls. Looking at life through your positive outlook has made a difference in [their] lives What you've done for Steinbach Cultural Arts Center and Stoney Brook Dance Co organization is tremendous second to none!

Cynthia Rempel Patrick
Executive Director
Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre

Biography


Chantale Cycling Chantale Lussier, PhD (c)



Based in Ottawa, Chantale is a Mental Performance Consultant in sports, performing arts, and corporate creativity. A registered professional member of the CSPA and ISSP, she has a wealth of experience working with a broad range of artists and athletes of various disciplines, ages and competitive ranking. Feeling equally at ease working with children, adolescents, and adults, her clients have ranged from grassroots levels all the way through to elite performers. Notably, she has recently worked with the 2012 gold winning world champion U18 Women's National Hockey Team and the highly competitive Ottawa Senators' Women's Hockey Junior (InterAA) team. She has also worked extensively with dancers, consulting for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Schools Professional Division (2002-2004), and the Professional Contemporary Dance program at The School of Dance (2005-present). Since 2009, she is also a National Committee member of Physical Health Education Canada's Dance PAC. In addition, Chantale has consulted with provincial and national competitive athletes in Manitoba and Ontario including swimmers, figure skaters, gymnasts, martial artists, paddlers (K1 and C1 slalom), baseball and tennis players. Chantale has also worked as a researcher for the Department of National Defenses Operational Effectiveness and Leadership Section, Director Military Personnel Operational Research and Analysis 4 (DMPORA 4).

Chantale Kayaking Herself a graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballets Professional Division Teachers Course, Chantale is a professional member of the Cecchetti Society of Canada with Associate Diploma teaching certification and Advance Cecchetti (ballet). Following a 12 year career in the performing arts as a dancer (stage, tv, and film), choreographer, teacher, and artistic director, her interest in the human experience through movement brought her to the University of Winnipeg where she completed a B.A. (honors) in Psychology with a minor in Kinesiology, and to the University of Ottawa for a M.A. (human kinetics) in Mental Performance. A doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa, Chantale was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Doctoral Fellowship Research Award (2006-2009) for her research at the 2008 Canada Dance Festival on the role of feelings, emotions, and the body in creative experiences in dance, movement, and art education.

Chantale Hiking Chantale's genuine desire to serve drives her consulting work. Her compassion for others, along with her ability to walk a mile in someone elses shoes, makes her a powerfully gentle person who values presence, authenticity, active listening, and reflection as a way to accompany, witness, and support people on their journey towards personal excellence, well-being, joy, and creativity. In addition to her consulting practice and research, Chantale has published a number of articles, and feels most creative when writing and photographing. A martial artist with a blue belt in taekwondo, she has recently run her first half marathon. An avid outdoorswoman, Chantale enjoys a wide array of seasonal physical activities, and lives with her husband, their dog, and four cats, which they have affectionately nicknamed the Zoo.