"I think there is no better way to invite a human being to view their body differently than by inviting them to be an athlete, by revering one's body as an instrument rather than just an ornament. It's a really great way to reorient how you see your body so you can see it as this incredible, awe-inspiring machine that you need to fuel well in order for it to function."

Alanis Morissette, Singer/Actress


Chantale, you are so warm and caring that everyone feels completely comfortable sharing with you. You are non-judgmental, understanding, and know when to push and when to back down. You are amazing! We love you! I think that about says it. You truly are an extraordinary person who helps bring out the best in others. I am extremely grateful for this experience. I can't imagine how I would have gotten through without it. It is through your guidance that I know and believe in myself as an artist. It is through the skills, strategies, books, that you have taught/given me that even though I am nervous for my future, I can't wait to explore!

Nicola HenryNicola Henry
Contemporary Dance Artist
2008 Graduate,
The School of Dance


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.