It really is amazing how time seems to fly by when you’re fully engaged and invested in what you’re doing. I know I felt that way when I was pursuing dance and I feel that way again working with dancer’s through The Whole Dancer. It’s such a gift!

I am finding it hard to stay present as I’m already looking ahead and planning events for The Whole Dancer in 2019 and beyond. In creating new programs and offerings I am reminded of why I started The Whole Dancer just 3 years ago.

You are the reason I started this platform and created the programs offered through The Whole Dancer.. You and our common ground as dancers and artists. There is a unique bond between us that non – dancers can never truly appreciate.

When I was contemplating the creation of coaching programs exclusively for dancers, I reached out to many dancers I knew and asked them a series of questions.

I wanted to share some of their thoughts to remind you that you’re not alone. We are part of a beautiful community of artists and athletes who have a lot in common.

we don't have to do it all alone, we were never meant to.We all struggle with insecurities:

“As dancers we are constantly scrutinizing ourselves and reaching for an unattainable standard of perfect.”

“As dance got more competitive, it was harder to recognize my strengths and my mind became an echo chamber of flaws rather than positive reinforcement.”

We would all benefit from keeping an open mind:

“No one company has the answers. Dancers need to be tenacious enough to find the places, choreographers and roles to nourish them.”

“My first committed relationship outside of the ballet world and also other hobbies have made me a much happier and a more well rounded person and artist.”

We all have fears:

“My biggest fears as a student were not improving quickly enough, not getting into top summer programs, and not getting into a professional company so I could pursue a career.”

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“I was never the girl at the top of the pack and I felt I could never get there. It was discouraging and sometimes debilitating.”

Finding personal balance is possible but it comes with some thought and effort. Finding the perfect place for you as a dancer takes an open mind and unwavering confidence to go after what you want.

The Whole Dancer is a place for you to be reminded that you’re not alone and to find support.¬†Any time you need added support along your dance journey, you can sign up for The Whole Dancer Program! If you’re looking for support in reaching your personal best body check out The Dancer’s Best Body Program (enrolling 2x/year).

For more connection, check out The Whole Dancer Facebook Group – it’s vibrant, engaged and you can get your questions answered!

For video content, subscribe to The Whole Dancer on YouTube or take in the same content on The Whole Dancer Podcast.

Remember that your fellow dancers can be a beautiful source of support, love and encouragement. I am personally here as a resource for you. As someone who has come full circle from supremely imbalanced to a happy, healthy, balanced life and relationship with myself I know massive change is possible but…”we can’t do it all alone. We were never meant to.” (Brene Brown)

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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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