We all know that pursuing a professional dance career comes with a dose of healthy competition. But sometimes that competition isn't so healthy. Whether it's against others, or against yourself, it can feel too easy for a positive drive to spiral into a negative fixation.

Enter, The Whole Dancer Program. Designed by health coach and former dancer Jess Spinner, the program aims to support dancers in situations where dance friends and artistic staff fall short. Sure, you might have coaches watching your every move in the studio and onstage, but who's there for you when you're über-stressed about healthy eating, or struggling with doubt about casting? Dance friends can be great allies in certain struggles, but sometimes competition can cloud their support.

Shelby Elsbree (photo by Kenneth B. Edwards)

The Whole Dancer offers several tiers of programming, with units focused on healthy eating, stress management, self-care and more. The program is run remotely, with worksheets to fill out and turn in, and group phone calls with Spinner. Boston Ballet dancer Shelby Elsbree will also contribute advice from her career experiences.

The eight-week program runs from January to March and you can sign up here.

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