Advice for Dancers
Numerous ballet dancers have completed their degrees while performing professionally. Photo by MD Duran/Unsplash.

My parents are worried that dancing professionally will interfere with my education, even though I have friends who dance and take college courses. I can't go to a university the usual way when I'm trying to make it in contemporary ballet. Can you help me explain my situation to them?

—Lauren, Miami, FL

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When recovering from injury, walking too much in a boot may result in a bone bruise. Photo by Jeffrey Wegrzyn on Unsplash.

How could I get a bone bruise from wearing a boot for a stress fracture in my fifth metatarsal? It's taking forever to go away, and I can't dance full-out. Help!

—Anonymous, New York, NY

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Can you find harmony when your romantic partner is also your dance partner? Thinkstock.

I found a great boyfriend in my ballet company. I love how he understands my life as a professional dancer. The problem is we've started fighting whenever one of us gives the other a correction during partnering. Is dating him a bad idea?

—Lovesick, Toronto, Ontario

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Allergies got you down? Allergy sufferers are twice as likely to be depressed as those who are allergy-free. Thinkstock.

I'm typically an upbeat person until my allergies kick in during the spring. Then I feel really down. What can I do to keep this from happening? An allergic reaction shouldn't affect my ability to enjoy dancing, should it?

—Katie, Princeton, NJ

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It's important for the dance community to speak out about workplace harassment and inappropriate behavior. Thinkstock.

I'm feeling very torn about the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Everyone from a company director to teachers and dancers are being accused of sexual harassment and leaving their jobs in disgrace. What happened to the idea of being presumed innocent until proven guilty?

—Conflicted, New York, NY

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Losing a dance company can be like losing part of your family. Photo by Thinkstock.

My life is in complete chaos since my dance company disbanded. I have a day job, so money isn't the issue. It's the loss of my world that stings the most. What can I do?

—Lost Career, Washington, DC

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My director informed me that this spring will be my last season because of my age. I'm only in my mid-30s! I'm getting great reviews, so what gives? Can't they wait until a ballet dancer's technique starts to fail?

—Retiring Too Soon, Midwest, USA

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A strong work ethic doesn't entail running yourself into the ground. Photo Courtesy Thinkstock.

After reading your column I now understand the problems of being a workaholic. My dilemma is that the dance teachers in my BFA program praise an extreme work ethic and use me as a role model for other dancers. How can I give my body a break?

—Burned-Out Dancer, New York, NY

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