58 episodes

A mental health podcast just for ballet dancers. I am bringing together mental health experts from all corners of the ballet world to explore how dance training impacts the mental health of dancers and what they can do to help them "Dance; Better."

Dance; Better‪.‬ Sarah Schiewer

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

A mental health podcast just for ballet dancers. I am bringing together mental health experts from all corners of the ballet world to explore how dance training impacts the mental health of dancers and what they can do to help them "Dance; Better."

    S2E24 The One With Erase the Stigma Through Dance

    S2E24 The One With Erase the Stigma Through Dance

    Today I spoke with Nina Madsen Puckett of Erase the Stigma Through Dance. She very bravely shares her journey with mental health and how that journey has inspired a platform for mental health advocacy. Just a heads up you will hear a few bleeps in the conversation. These are present simply to delete specific medication names mentioned on the show, and are there for health and safety purposes.

    Nina is a dancer, choreographer, licensed massage therapist, business owner and mental health advocate.  She has her BFA in Dance from UNCG and also studied at the Theatre Academy of Finland and the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts.  She is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and founded Erase in 2020.

    To connect with Nina and Erase the Stigma:

    Website: www.erasethroughdance.org

    Instagram and Facebook: @erasethroughdance

    Please remember that I am not a mental health professional. Anything you hear me say on the show is based on my personal experience and perspectives and should not be considered medical advice. By listening to this podcast, you agree not to use any of the content to diagnose you or anyone else with any mental or health condition.

    If you are in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center, text MHA to 741741, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. To find a local MHA affiliate who can provide services, check out https://www.mhanational.org/ Other resources can be found here:   

    The theme music is, "A Journey" by Kevin Hartnell It has been edited and reproduced under the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).

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    Send in your questions or episode suggestions to dancebetterpodcast@gmail.com

    If you relate and found this episode helpful, please click follow/subscribe and leave a review. (I might even read it on the next episode!)

    And don't forget to check out the show sponsor, @we.are.minding, or at www.wearemindingthegap.org

    • 54 min
    S2E23 The One About Self-Talk

    S2E23 The One About Self-Talk

    Today I spoke with Leigh Skvarla, National certified counselor and advisor to Minding the Gap. We focus on her work around self-talk as well as checking in on the state of ballet companies and dancing mothers.

    We dive deep into what self-talk is, what is “good vs. bad” (it’s not what you might think!), how it affects us in and out of the studio, and how parents, teachers, and other dance leaders can facilitate productive self-talk, not just for performance, but for life!

    We also touch on a very hot topic these days in the dance world…dancing mothers. Advocacy for you and your child’s rights, getting back to dancing and making sure you have the right team around you.

    Leigh Skvarla is a licensed professional counselor who holds a Ph.D. in Sport & Exercise Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling from West Virginia University. An honors graduate of Bucknell University, Leigh now lives and works in western Pennsylvania, and serves as the co-founder of The Center for Grit and Growth and an associate advisor for Minding the Gap.

    To connect with Leigh, check her out here:

    The Center for Grit and Growth (co-founder):

    Website - https://thecenterforgritandgrowth.com

    Instagram - @the_center_for_grit_and_growth

    Minding the Gap (affiliate/adviser):

    Website - https://www.wearemindingthegap.org/

    Instagram - @we.are.minding

    Please remember that I am not a mental health professional, and anything you hear me say on the show is based on my personal experience and perspectives, and should not be considered medical advice. By listening to this podcast, you agree not to use any of the content to diagnose you or anyone else of any mental or health condition.

    If you are in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center, text MHA to 741741, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. To find a local MHA affiliate who can provide services, check out https://www.mhanational.org/

    Theme music is, "A Journey" by Kevin Hartnell It has been edited and reproduced under the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).

    Follow the pod on Instagram!

    Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast

    Send in your questions or episode suggestions to dancebetterpodcast@gmail.com

    If you relate and found this episode helpful, please click follow/subscribe and leave a review. (I might even read it on the next episode!)

    And don't forget to check out the show sponsor, @we.are.minding, or at www.wearemindingthegap.org

    • 1 hr 34 min
    S2E22 The One With Your Health Data and Competitions

    S2E22 The One With Your Health Data and Competitions

    Today’s episode is an important discussion...perhaps one of the most important ones I have had on the podcast over the last two years. I address something that is going on in the ballet competition world today. You might have heard of it, know someone who has done it, or even engaged in it yourself.

    I am talking about misrepresenting health data on competition applications. This episode might be triggering for some and shocking for others, but it is an important conversation. I bring on Stephanie Potreck of Ausdancers Overseas, who has been conducting field research on the topic, and the preliminary results are disturbing.

    Please know that neither Stephanie nor I have the answers…but we both strongly believe that opening the conversation is the first step in affecting change. We also have not spoken to any competition representatives regarding this topic. All we have is self-reported data from the dancers themselves. Listen on to hear the results of the data, and how you can get involved.

    To connect with Stephanie and engage with her research on this topic:

    Survey Website: https://ausdancersoverseas.surveysparrow.com/s/ballet-and-dance-competitions/tt-df6fb27607

    Instagram: @ausdancersoverseas

    Please remember that I am not a mental health professional. Anything you hear me say on the show is based on my personal experience and perspectives and should not be considered medical advice. By listening to this podcast, you agree not to use any of the content to diagnose you or anyone else with any mental or health condition.

    If you are in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center, text MHA to 741741, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. To find a local MHA affiliate who can provide services, check out https://www.mhanational.org/

    The theme music is, "A Journey" by Kevin Hartnell It has been edited and reproduced under the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).

    Follow the pod on Instagram!

    Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast

    Send in your questions or episode suggestions to dancebetterpodcast@gmail.com

    If you relate and found this episode helpful, please click follow/subscribe and leave a review. (I might even read it on the next episode!)

    And don't forget to check out the show sponsor, @we.are.minding, or at www.wearemindingthegap.org

    • 1 hr 12 min
    S2E21 The One About Defining Success and Navigating Challenges

    S2E21 The One About Defining Success and Navigating Challenges

    Today, I spoke with Erin Sanchez. Erin is an advocate, educator, and developing applied researcher. She collaborates to improve dancers’ health, well-being, and performance through healthy working/training conditions and positive, strengths-led psychological services and education. In 2021, she released her first book, Psychological Skills for Dancers, with Prof Dave Collins and Dr. Aine MacNamara.

    We speak about the reasons why challenge and adversity can be a good thing, what the research is showing us, and how you can navigate your own challenges and personally define your success.

    To connect with Erin’s work:

    National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science


    Website: https://www.nidms.co.uk/
    IG: @nidms.uk

    One Dance UK


    www.onedanceuk.org
    @onedanceuk

    Personal Safety for Dance


    https://www.personalsafetyfordance.com/

    To buy her book, Performance Psychology for Dances by Erin Sanchez, Dave Collins, and Aine Macnamara:

    https://www.crowood.com/products/performance-psychology-for-dancers-by-erin-sanchez-dave-collins-aine-macnamara

    Please remember that I am not a mental health professional, and anything you hear me say on the show is based on my personal experience and perspectives, and should not be considered medical advice. By listening to this podcast, you agree not to use any of the content to diagnose you or anyone else of any mental or health condition.

    If you are in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center, text MHA to 741741, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. To find a local MHA affiliate who can provide services, check out https://www.mhanational.org/

    Theme music is, "A Journey" by Kevin Hartnell It has been edited and reproduced under the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).

    Follow the pod on Instagram!

    Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast

    Send in your questions or episode suggestions to dancebetterpodcast@gmail.com

    If you relate and found this episode helpful, please click follow/subscribe and leave a review. (I might even read it on the next episode!)

    And don't forget to check out the show sponsor, @we.are.minding, or at www.wearemindingthegap.org

    • 1 hr 13 min
    50TH EPISODE! The One With Biscuit Ballerina

    50TH EPISODE! The One With Biscuit Ballerina

    FIFTY EPISODES?! I am filled today with so much happiness and gratitude that I  have been able to now publish fifty episodes of conversations that are so dear to my heart. I have met the most amazing people, and I have so much hope for the direction of the ballet world. It is therefore with great pride, gratitude, and excitement to present to you…

    The one and only Biscuit Ballerina. Shelby Williams is a soloist with the Royal Ballet of Flanders & the creator of Biscuit Ballerina, a satirical ballet account that addresses unhealthy perfectionism & advocates for mental health awareness. Biscuit Ballerina has been featured in the New York Times, Pointe Magazine, Dance Europe, & Dance Spirit, and Dance Europe Magazine nominated her for best performance by a female dancer.

    It was SUCH an honor to get some one-on-one facetime with the ballerina we all know, love, and can totally relate to. Her satirical IG and website not only crack us up, but help us through those tough times of perfectionism and allow us space to laugh at ourselves. If laughter is the best medicine, she has earned that MD!

    To connect with Shelby:

    Instagram: @biscuitballerina @shelbygrooves

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/biscuitballerina

    Website:  www.biscuitballerina.com

    Please remember that I am not a mental health professional, and anything you hear me say on the show is based on my personal experience and perspectives, and should not be considered medical advice. By listening to this podcast, you agree not to use any of the content to diagnose you or anyone else of any mental or health condition.

    If you are in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center, text MHA to 741741, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. To find a local MHA affiliate who can provide services, check out https://www.mhanational.org/

    Theme music is, "A Journey" by Kevin Hartnell It has been edited and reproduced under the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).

    Follow the pod on Instagram!

    Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast

    Send in your questions or episode suggestions to dancebetterpodcast@gmail.com

    If you relate and found this episode helpful, please click follow/subscribe and leave a review. (I might even read it on the next episode!)

    And don't forget to check out the show sponsor, @we.are.minding, or at www.wearemindingthegap.org

    • 1 hr 2 min
    S2E19 The One With The Mental Game

    S2E19 The One With The Mental Game

    Today, I got to catch up with a good friend of the show, Glenn Kelich. You might remember him from season 1, episode 22 titled “The One Where Dancers are Human”. If you haven’t already listened to that one, please go back because it is GOOD.

    Glenn revisits the show to delve more into his own mental health as it relates to dance, gives us an update to introduce his very own mental health podcast, The Mental Game, and talks about how all his mental health education is informing his teaching practices.

    To connect with Glenn and The Mental Game, follow him:

    Instagram:@the_mentalgame and @jgkelich

    Please remember that I am not a mental health professional, and anything you hear me say on the show is based on my personal experience and perspectives, and should not be considered medical advice. By listening to this podcast, you agree not to use any of the content to diagnose you or anyone else of any mental or health condition.

    If you are in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center, text MHA to 741741, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. To find a local MHA affiliate who can provide services, check out https://www.mhanational.org/

    Theme music is, "A Journey" by Kevin Hartnell It has been edited and reproduced under the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).

    Follow the pod on Instagram!

    Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast

    Send in your questions or episode suggestions to dancebetterpodcast@gmail.com

    If you relate and found this episode helpful, please click follow/subscribe and leave a review. (I might even read it on the next episode!)

    And don't forget to check out the show sponsor, @we.are.minding, or at www.wearemindingthegap.org

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

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This podcast is a great listen; as a professional ballet dancer, I’m enjoying it quite a bit and learning a lot too!

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