But what has changed within the course of a recent yearlong injury rehabilitation and more than 8,500 hours of dance training and performing, is not my dream as a professional ballet dancer, but rather, the road taken in pursuit of my dream.
Dane Le Anna The right road, or true north for me, always meant a professional ballet career on stage, being the best of the best, the prima ballerina. But what has changed within the course of a recent yearlong injury rehabilitation and more than 8,500 hours of dance training and performing, is not my dream as a professional ballet dancer, but rather, the road taken in pursuit of my dream.
As for specifically helping ballet dancers, he said it would be useful to teach dancers how to increase levels of social support and to learn coping skills to deal with day-to-day stressors, such as interpersonal conflict and dealing with traffic, that put them at risk for injuries.
I dance to bring meaning, to bring beauty, to bring possibility, and to bring inspiration and hope into a concrete world. I dance because it makes me whole, and when I am whole, I am a better daughter, student, girlfriend, employee and person.
The dancers also filled out several questionnaires that measured positive and negative life events, support available from a dancer’s social network and a performance anxiety scale that measured fears about performing poorly.
In an earlier published paper from this study, the researchers found that high levels of life stress and low social support were predictors of injuries among dancers.
Ronald Smith, a University of Washington psychology professor and lead author of a new study published in the current issue of the journal Anxiety, Stress and Coping, said that the injury rate for ballet dancers over an eight-month period was 61 percent.
This is comparable to rates found in other studies for athletes in collision sports such as football and wrestling.
The enthusiasm and authenticity of those thigh-high dancing days remain in my core. There are smaller pathways to explore along the road of my dream now.
The sure-footedness of being aligned and on the right path in life is a childlike legacy that I am grateful for, along with my mom’s “Bravo ma petite enfant! As a college-bound dancer, I get to take many small steps in becoming a successful human being, contributing meaning, beauty, possibility, inspiration, hope, skill and stewardship in the world.