DASS: Dance Against Stressful Situations

Aims to use dance and other forms of art as an empowerment tool for young people to cope with situations of stress and anxiety due to traumatic events. 

In the frame of the Erasmus+ KA2, DASS is a cooperation partnership that wants to deal with challenges affecting youth, creating an educational path through training applying therapeutic effects of dance and other forms of art, associated with experiences lived through other artistic disciplines, divided into different modules.
The project aims to develop a creative approach that may act in the long-term to benefit young people and their well-being while tackling the negative impacts of the current crisis through the realisation and development of its results.


Direct objectives on the beneficiaries participating in the project:

Foster creative and artistic responses for youth living in difficult situations; 


Develop the ability of self-expression; 

Develop artistic sensibility while promoting well-being and tackling mental and physical stress of youth; 

Foster educational digital tools among young people, creating a safe virtual learning environment; 

Direct objectives on the very implementation of such a project

Enhance competences of youth workers through the training on innovative methodologies;

Providing long term benefits for young people by applying methodologies of dance and artistic tools; 

Promoting social inclusion, diversity and tolerance, as well as the intercultural dialogue;

Improve capacity building of youth workers and enhance high quality of youth work; 

Develop artistic sensibility while promoting well-being and tackling mental and physical stress of youth; 


Dancing and artistic empowering training Open Educational Resource

An educational path developed through training, applying dance and other artistic methodologies on personal experiences, in order to process them via arts and creativity.

The aim of this result has been to develop a creative way to respond to the traumatic consequences of the pandemic, to empower young people, including NEETs and those in disadvantaged situations, from 16 to 30 years of age. It has been developed through online sessions based on non-formal education, dance and movement methodologies and artistic expressions. You can find the results of this training within the DASS Booklet.

DASS Booklet & Tutorials

DASS Booklet is addressed to youth workers, and it contains good practices, methodologies, tips, activities and practical exercises in both virtual and in person formats, to be used with young people, in order to reduce stress. It has been thought specifically after stressful and unpredictable phenomena such as COVID-19 and lockdown. The purpose is to allow the beneficiaries to regain a mental and physical equilibrium and tackle distress and harmful feelings. The Booklet content results from the Dancing and Artistic Empowering Training and the Learning Training and Teaching Activities led throughout the DASS project, adjusted according to the participants’ experiences and feedback. Furthermore, it includes a section with links to video-tutorials explaining the activities and the techniques to apply.

App Mind-yourself

A mobile application consisting of activities, strategies, tips and reminders to be used autonomously by youth in order to face and reduce stress by developing personal strategies to deal with it. The app’s content combines information, mindfulness, art and dance. It is provided in several formats in order to maintain the interest of its users and to cater for the preferences and needs of different individuals. It is a self-help resource that can be used at any time and in any place, without a necessary interaction with a youth worker. Thus, this app enables young people to benefit from the project results on a more individual level.


A valuable tool to use dance & arts working with youth

A valuable tool to use dance & arts working with youth

The consortium of the DASS project is pleased to share with the youth workers Europe-wide its last creation: DASS Booklet. The Booklet is thought to be a practical guide and a handy tool for youth workers to assist young people in regaining a mental and physical...

Step by step to a healthier lifestyle

Step by step to a healthier lifestyle

On the 29th and 30th of March partners of the DASS project (code: 2021-2-FR02-KA220 YOU-000048187) met in Thessaloniki, Greece, hosted by the partner Smart Umbrella in its facilities. The project is cofounded by the European Union and after a full year of intense...

In Palermo Youth workers learn how to dance the stress away!

In Palermo Youth workers learn how to dance the stress away!

Partners of the Erasmus+ project DASS: Dance Against Stressful Situations, met in Palermo hosted by CEIPES for the project’s training activities. The participants are members of the partner organizations: the leader of the training Essevesse from France; Smart...