Skills for Living

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'As it says on the tin, some practical skills that can instantly be put into action'


Professional Dancer, ACT3 Skills for Living workshop attendee

DCD’s unique Skills for Living workshops, in partnership with and developed by ACT3 Psychology, provide professional dancers with psychological skills to help them navigate the challenges of their career.

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.

These interactive sessions introduce and offer practice in key psychological skills linked to significant improvements in psychological health, performance and an energised sense of life purpose.

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 encouraged and everyone will leave with handy tools that can be used independently.

Dancers can register for multiple sessions. 

All sessions will take place via Zoom with closed captions. The session slides will be shared afterwards. For any other access needs please contact , we will be happy to support you.

Find out about more about our free up-coming Skills for Living workshops below…

Imposter Syndrome: The Life Lens

30th June 1.30-3pm

About the workshop

Lots of people have heard of imposter syndrome and experienced it, but what can we do about it? In this session – Jaimie and Ross will explore the concept and use the practical, perspective taking tool called the life lens to consider what we can do about it. There’ll be some tips from behavioural science as well as a recognition that most of us are in the same boat with this experience of feeling like a phoney.

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