Ashley Forché joined The Whole Dancer Program in September of 2015 as she was embarking on her first year as a trainee with Nashville Ballet.

As the weeks and months went on, she shared with me some of the positive feedback she was getting from the artistic staff about her increased confidence and presence in the studio. I asked Ashley if she would elaborate so I could share it with you!

Here’s what Ashley wrote:

“Today we live in a world of instant gratification. We can instantly find information on the internet with a click of a button, we can instantly connect with people from all over the world with a simple phone call or text, the list goes on.

This breeds the idea that everything in life should be instantaneous. However, the ballet technique is not like that. In our quest for perfection and continual improvement we have to learn to love the process and understand that good things take time to come to fruition.

The Whole Dancer Program helped me to see that. This program addresses the areas in which today’s dancer needs support. Jess helps you to set realistic goals for your future while also helping you to cultivate the positive headspace to indulge effectively in the hard work it takes to achieve your dreams.


The Whole Dancer Program provides dancers with the opportunity to reflect on not only their technical progress but also how they are fueling their bodies (side note – check out the free mini course on dancing fuel at thewholedancer.com/minicourse).

With the rise of “fitspo” on social media, it seems as if we are being bombarded with different diets, cleanses, and “bad” foods from every angle.

This makes food seem more like a jigsaw puzzle that can either tarnish or create your career rather than an essential part of your life.

Check out this related post :   Makeda Roney - Mindful, Fit Dancer on being "Whole"

Jess provided me with the opportunity to reassess my eating habits as well as how I approach food. I truly believe that when we take proper care of our instrument and nourish it well, the sky is the limit for one’s success!

Since participating in The Whole Dancer Program I have started keeping a corrections journal, taken a new approach to how I eat, and most importantly tried to appreciative and cultivate who I am as a person (not just the body in the studio).

Prior to joining this program I felt like I was very negative and hard on myself in all aspects of my life.

I’m not saying those feelings go away instantaneously, but Jess has helped me to identify tools I can use to learn how to become the most positive and best dancer I can be.

I truly believe that the more we love and appreciative ourselves, the more poised we are to be fearless in our dancing and better connect with the audience.

I would definitely recommend this program to friends because I think holistic health is essential for dancer’s to reach their peak and this program can help them achieve that!!”

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Ashley Forché on The Whole Dancer Program

Jess Spinner

Jess is a former professional ballet dancer turned Holistic Health, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Coach for high level dancers. She founded The Whole Dancer in 2015 after identifying a greater need for balance, wellness and support in the dance world. Since The Whole Dancer was founded, Jess has worked with 100's of dancers worldwide at top companies and schools. She has been featured in or written for Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Spirit Magazine.

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