ACT3 Psychology workshops

New for 2021: we are running a series that is FREE  TO ALL professional dancers in the UK.

We also run exclusive ACT3 workshops for our DCD Partner Company dancers.

Join former Royal Ballet Principal dancer Jaimie Tapper and Ross McIntosh, Organisational Psychologists and experts in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), for a series of online training events open to all current and former professional dancers in the UK regardless of genre age and location.

Jaimie and Ross will demonstrate how to use the ACT model to build psychological flexibility, creativity and resilience.

The workshops are fun and creative and will focus on teaching you how to use a full range of ACT techniques, that can be applied to a range of life challenges. The sessions will combine theory, discussion and practice of the key techniques. Participation is always voluntary and everyone will leave with handy tools that can be used independently.

You can register for just one session or multiple. Sessions are being run monthly throughout 2021 (except July and December). If your schedule changes please let us know so we can make space available for others.

All sessions will take place via Zoom. For any access needs please contact , we will be happy to support you.


1. Making the most of your dance downtime 

Friday 29 January, 1:30pm – 3:00pm. This workshop is in the past 

Dance artists are experiencing an unprecedented break from training and performance, and uncertainty about the future. Understandably, many dancers are worried about maintaining motivation during this time, and how to make the most of the enforced downtime. We will present some of the theory behind effective recovery from work.

2. Practical skills for managing anxiety

Friday 26 February 1:30pm – 3:00pm. This workshop is in the past

Most people are experiencing increased and understandable anxiety as a result of the pandemic and the constant change around us. Organisational Psychologists Jaimie Persson and Ross McIntosh explore 5 evidence-based reasons why the human mind gets anxious in times of uncertainty. We’ll share and practice some evidence-based techniques for changing our relationship with our anxiety. The skills you learn can be applied to cope with anxiety in different contexts, including in social and work situations.

3. Finding direction in uncertain times

Friday 26 March 1:30pm – 3:00pm. This workshop is in the past

For many of us, work and professional identities have been disrupted by the current pandemic and movement restrictions. Organisational Psychologists Jaimie Persson and Ross McIntosh will share some evidence-based skills to help us navigate our new working environments and contexts. They’ll be leading an exploration of our personal values at work. Using evidence-based tools, we’ll be exploring what’s personally important about how we each ‘show up’ as people and dancers; and how we can bring these values to life in our behaviour in these challenging times.

4. Communication Skills: having difficult conversations

Friday 30 April 1:30pm – 3:00pm. Book now by clicking here OR Add your name to the waitlist by clicking here

It’s quite human to put off conversations that just seem too difficult. In this workshop we’ll explore how this avoidance can impact on our lives and provide you with a practical tool to get some perspective and a framework which will allow you to arrive well in any conversation.

5. The barriers to self-compassion, and how to overcome them

Friday 28th May 1:30pm – 3:00pm. Book now by clicking here OR Add your name to the waitlist by clicking here


6. Notice – strengthening our ability to connect to the here and now

Friday 25th June 1:30pm – 3:00pm. Book now by clicking here OR Add your name to the waitlist by clicking here

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