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Excerpts — Dance Psychology for Artistic and Performance Excellence With Web Resource

Understand the complexity of eating disorders in dancers

Disordered eating is one of the biggest risks faced by dancers, particularly women. Though few dancers develop a clinically defined eating disorder (ED), many engage in some form of dysfunctional eating due to the physical aesthetic woven into the fabric of much of the dance world, especially in ballet.

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Maintain a healthy balance between dance and life

People who enter the dark side of dance are driven by a variety of unhealthy motivations, including self-doubt, insecurity, and fear. At the center of these motivations is the need to feel better about themselves, safe, and free from anxiety.

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Key concepts that act as the foundation of this book

Dancing your best requires that you lay a solid foundation of physicality and technique as you develop your skills and learn your choreography. Your foundation must also enable you to develop mentally.

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