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.
The discipline of ballet training; The possible effects on long term mental health In this article, I take a look at the potential links associated with the long-term mental health effects from traditional ballet training. How can you be affected by ballet training from an early age? Can this really... read more →