Mental Health

Expert Opinion: We need to push for a more holistic approach to dancer health. Stephanie Potreck tells us why.

Stephanie Potreck is part of group of healthcare professionals who are changing the medical support landscape for dancers worldwide. In this interview, we gain insight into the way she works, her thoughts on the intersection between physical and mental health, and what she thinks we should be striving for in our attempts to support dancers …

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What are your top 5 strengths as a dancer? This is why you need to know…

The pre-professional ballet world is a crowded one. There isn’t much space for those who hover in the corner unsure where they can shine. Be proactive, be pragmatic, be persistent – and get used to telling yourself when it’s your time to get to the front of the studio to showcase what you can do. If you need to convince yourself, you’ll have a hard time convincing other people…

How to hold onto a positive mindset when your hard work is being cancelled out by toxic people around you…

We’ve all been there. Right? Right. Up until recently, with the pandemic, your mindset has been your own business, because, well, everything was your own business: you were in your lounge room and the only group dynamic you were dealing with is maybe sibling drama or people who drink from the milk carton. Normally, though, …

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Ballerinas Backstage: Naomi Stienstra’s transition from student to professional

In this interview, we hear from the lovely Naomi Stienstra, who was one of the first dancers I worked with through enpointe consulting. She is humble, honest and thoughtful, sharing her experience of persevering through multiple audition tours, injury and uncertainty. Who is your biggest source of inspiration?  I know that as young dancers we …

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