Magazine article Dance Teacher

Self-Care

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Self-Care

Article excerpt

I'm super-excited about our special section this month, "Training a Healthy Dancer" (beginning on page 39). I think you'll love the straight-forward advice of our experts. But as I'm writing this, it occurs to me that the first step in training a healthy dancer is to be a healthy teacher: centered and strong. Teacher self-care is an evergreen topic in Dance Teacher.

Take nutrition, for instance. "I can't tell you how unhealthily I used to eat," Kim McSwain told DT in 2011. "Red Bull to start my day, followed by Jack in the Box cheeseburgers. I used to hear people talk about eating healthy and think, That sounds awful; go eat a hamburger and get a life.'" But McSwain, who is now on our Dance Teacher Summit faculty, eventually changed her health outlook and has no regrets. "I would never go back to eating the way I did or not working out. I carry myself differently now, and my energy level has gone up. …

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