"Dance institutions are failing their dancers with a lack of support for mental health."
-Dance Magazine, July 2017
Dancers spend hours every day training their bodies and honing their craft, but there is little to no attention paid to training their minds as well. Many dancers struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, depression, negative self-talk, and maintaining a positive body image. The old adage that a dancer should “leave their problems at the door” of the studio is not serving the dance community. It’s time to make a change. It’s time to open the doors of the dance studios and begin to foster conversations that will create future generations of healthy dancers – inside and out.