Movement and Mental Health

Truth: today’s world can be intense for students. Academics, performance, workload, time management, social networks, time with friends, authenticity, and (dare we say) FUN? Positive mental health requires students to have a positive sense of self, spirit and belonging, yet through the juggling act of the activities above, many of our students are stumbling through their school experience. Teachers have the power to help student feel healthier and be happier people.

In this interACTIVE workshop, educators will gain a better understanding of mental health and the factors that affect it. They’ll experience practical activities that use movement to promote and foster positive mental health in the classroom, by addressing the cognitive, social, physical and emotional domains of wellbeing.

Workshop Overview:

In this workshop, educators will

-Gain an understanding Mental Health and the factors that affect mental health in our classrooms

-Learn how movement affects mental health

-Experience practical and simple activities that foster positive mental health in the classroom


Target Audience



10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

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  • Brooke Yantzi

    Brooke Yantzi is the PL3Y Education BC School Region operator and has a passion for getting people moving, being a mental health educator, and helping people feel confident in who they are and connected to those around them. Brooke has been a dancer for over 30 years, training in various genres and learning how mental health affects everyone on the planet in different ways; from the slums of Kenya, to Indigenous communities in Northern Canada, to corporate leaders and movers and shakers in North America. For the last 10 years, Brooke has had a focus on the education world, teaching over 250,000 kids and educators in schools about mental health, anti-bullying, pro-kindness, positive social interactions, self-esteem and so much more, through dance. She has taught dance classes, presented at conferences and trained instructors to teach DANCEPL3Y in Australia, the UK, Kenya, Mexico, and all over North America.

  • Ashley Dias

    Ashley M Dias is a vivacious movement energizer, educator and life motivator with a mission to elevate, empower and inspire human beings to live life to the fullest and to enjoy every experience. By educating physical literacy, positive mental health and optimal wellbeing through movement to music. She is known to be the life of the party, facilitating extraordinary experiences, energizing events and instructing dance and fitness classes since 2011. 
    Ashley will be energizing our upcoming event! With DANCEPL3Y (dance-play) a high-energy kids physical activity program that "plays" with dance while promoting positive mental health through the 3 Rules of PL3Y: Be Positive. Be Fun. Be Yourself. Kids love learning simple moves from a variety of styles – Hip Hop, Urban, Ballroom, Bollywood, Lyrical, Jazz/Funk as they get interACTIVE with their peers. 
    She is very excited to create an extraordinary and empowering experience that will be fun for everyone.