Narcissists are around us in all walks of life. All performers, to a certain degree, are narcissists, otherwise they wouldn’t want to get on stage and perform to an audience. It depends to what extent narcissism takes over as to whether or not it becomes detrimental to those around the... read more →
Susan Marlys, retired Royal Ballet dancer, explains how her image obsession stayed with her even after retiring from performing. I feel somewhat embarrassed by my neurosis. Is my obsession because I lived in the image conscious environment of the ballet world and should have shed the self absorption when I... read more →
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A wonderful thought about how we create blocks to halt our dreams. Think negatively and negativity will come your way; think positively about everything, yes everything, and positive things will happen, even in the unlikeliest of ways. Dream away..........
Training as a ballet dancer was a way of life for me that started at a young age. Going to my ballet classes was all-consuming. My family, friends and my parents’ friends all knew that my dream was to become a professional ballet dancer. However, whenever I told an... read more →
Q: What was it like going through dance training to now, from a mental health perspective? A: Ballet training has formed the person I have grown into. My mental approach is healthier now though than it was whilst growing up. Early beginnings I began dance classes in N Ireland, in... read more →
Follow this link to My Mental Health Day to read about how adult ballet classes have helped in peoples' mental health. There is one statement made that I would argue with, which said that professional dancers trained nearly as hard as Olympic athletes, nearly, they train harder than athletes and... read more →
Here is a link to Dance Magazine's article regarding a recently published study from Portugal showing that specific mental health issues in dance students, such as eating disorders, perfectionism, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression are possibly caused by the discipline in dance training. Please post your comments.