Thank you to Sophie Coster for candidly telling her story of how anorexia halted her dancing career and for sending me photos of her to post with her article. She told me that she hopes telling her story will help others. Sophie's story: Sophie at ballet... read more →
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 →
I watched this TED Talk, which shows very interesting development in treating mental health conditions. Professor of Clinical Psychology, Julia Rucklidge explains how she has used multi-vitamins and minerals to improve a number of mental health conditions. Her research has proved that nutrition can be used to reduce or replace... read more →
Dancers discover that they have a dream from the time when they go to their first dance class, from as young as three years old. For dancers who are finding it difficult to get through the challenges of the moment here's today's Thought for the day: Never give up on... read more →