Dancers: Are You Forgetting This Essential Component of Self-Care?

Caring for yourself as a dancer is about more than rolling out your IT bands and eating the right food. However, when my podcast partner and I conducted an exploratory study of dancers’ perceptions of their own well-being, only a handful of over 175 participants identified financial counseling as important self-care, even though many stated […]

Are You Making One of These 6 Common Financial Mistakes?

Many dancers would rather do just about anything than spend time on their finances. They procrastinate when it comes to recording their income and expenses, and put off investing for another day. As artists, we would rather be in the studio. But looking after your financial health can actually lead to more artistic freedom. Here […]

Get Better at Speaking Up For Yourself in the Studio

When dancers are unhappy or uncomfortable in the studio, healthy communication is essential. Perhaps you feel slighted by a casting decision, dissatisfied with a new rehearsal schedule or uneasy about something a choreographer has asked you to do. What can you do? Here are three strategies to keep in mind. Choose Your Battles StockSnap According […]

The Housing Equation: How to Move Out or Find Better Roommates

My noisy roommates are driving me crazy, but I can’t handle the cost of an apartment on my own. I’m trying to make money by catering between dance classes and performing. I’m also looking into babysitting. Do you have any other ideas about how I can move out? —Tom, New York, NY Having a survival […]

The Unexpected Side Effects of Losing Your Dance Gig

Getting fired isn’t pretty, but it happens. And no matter the reason, there are ways to rebuild your dance career. But don’t be caught off guard by these potential repercussions from losing your job: Being the elephant in the room. Erik Tomasson You may need to show up to work for a period of time […]

Help! I Need a Doc in NYC.

I plan on moving to New York City this fall to continue my training and freelance work as a dancer/choreographer. A big concern is whether my health insurance will cover my medical needs for asthma. Can you give me any recommendations? —Casey, San Francisco, CA You’re in luck! The new Friedman Health Center for the […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today

For Dance Magazine‘s 90th anniversary issue, we wanted to celebrate the movers, shakers and changemakers who are having the biggest impact on our field right now. There were so many to choose from! But with the help of dozens of writers, artists and administrators working in dance, the Dance Magazine staff whittled the list down […]

The Most Influential People in Dance Today: The Actors Fund

Got a problem? The Actors Fund can likely help. Many of the services it provides online or through its offices in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles are completely free: • health insurance counseling • primary and specialty medical care and referrals through the new Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in Times […]

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