Rhee Gold's DanceLife is proud to support dance educators in caring for the mental wellness of both themselves and their dancers with these free resources. We have partnered with Mindful Dancers Wellness Studio and Danscend to bring you new prodcuts, free resources, information, programs, certification and more; all designed to assist you in prioritizing mental wellness both in and out of the studio. Together we can make a difference!

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How do you get better at any craft? Most people would answer, spend lots of time on it. And they would be right. In fact, Malcolm Gladwell has posited in one of his best selling books, Outliers, that it takes 10,000 hours of practice at something before one becomes a master at it. But once you achieve that master level, one must maintain a sense of commitment to that craft, otherwise the skill falls away. And any dancer knows that in order to work on and maintain technique and artistry, one must practice, practice, and then practice some more. Oh yeah, and then practice even more. What if we told you that there was one special ingredient missing from this mastery recipe? Want to be a better dancer and a better artist? Spend some more time outside of the studio away from your craft. Here are three reasons why.

  1. It makes you a better Laura Di Orio, of Dance Informa, interviewed three professional dancers about their lives off the stage. And each of them, in their own way, said the same thing. They all said that the key to becoming better on stage is by spending a fuller life off of it.
  2. It helps to spark your creativity. In his book Rest, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang explains that rest enables the unconscious mind to become alive, and as a result, sparks more inspiration and creativity. And when those two things are firing, look out!
  3. It works to ward off Dancers can tend to over-identify with their craft - instead of being a human who dances, we tend to think of ourselves as dancers first. But this can be problematic. Dr. Lynda Mainwaring, highlights studies that show a strong correlation between this sort of identification with sport and high levels of burnout. We have all felt the effects of stress and burnout in the studio. Wouldn’t it be amazing to feel more productive and motivated each time we stepped into class, rehearsal, or on stage?

Try sharing these tips with your dancers this summer to help them become better dancers while also strengthening their mental wellness. Looking for more ways to support their mental wellness? Consider becoming certified in Mental Health First Aid. Danscend is proud to offer both youth and adult trainings through the National Council of Mental Wellbeing. For more information, and to sign up, check out our summer class offerings here.