Joann Coates, Courtesy The Actors Fund

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 Square

• guidance overcoming injuries through The Dancers' Resource

• career counseling and scholarships through Career Transition For Dancers

• financial education, plus assistance for artists in crisis

• affordable housing options, including residences operated by The Actors Fund

Read the rest of Dance Magazine's list of the most influential people in dance today.

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TaraMarie Perri in tree pose at Storm King Art Center. Photo by Sophie Kuller, Courtesy Perri

5 Self-Soothing Exercises You Can Do to Calm Your Anxiety

Physical stillness can be one of the hardest things to master in dance. But stillness in the bigger sense—like when your career and life are on hold—goes against every dancers' natural instincts.

"Dancers are less comfortable with stillness and change than most," says TaraMarie Perri, founder and director of Perri Institute for Mind and Body and Mind Body Dancer. "Through daily discipline, we are trained to move through space and are attracted to forward momentum. Simply put, dancers are far more comfortable when they have a sense of control over the movements and when life is 'in action.' "

To regain that sense of control, and soothe some of the anxiety most of us are feeling right now, it helps to do what we know best: Get back into our bodies. Certain movements and shapes can help ground us, calm our nervous system and bring us into the present.

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