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Advice for Dancers


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Introduction 1 1 Accepting the Dancer You Are 9 2 Teaching Practices: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly 35 3 Focusing on Body Shape and Appearance 55 4 Your Relationships: Friends or Foes? 77 5 So You Want to Be a Professional 99 6 Performing at Your Peak 123 7 The Mind-Body Connection: Injuries and Your Health 147 8 Is There Life After Dance? 173 Resource Directory 193 Bibliography 213 Further Reading 217 About the Author 219 Index 221

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Linda H. Hamilton Ph.D., is a columnist for Dance Magazine and a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City.


"an inspiring book with an impressive repertory of solutions to the psychological and physical problems that challenge every dancer." (Dance Magazine, January 1999) Excerpt in Dance Magazine, October, 1997. Listed as a resource in Dance Magazine, January 1999. Dr. Linda Hamilton, an associate professor at Fordham University, lecturer, psychologist, former dancer with the New York City Ballet, and author of Advice for Dancers, also writes a monthly article, Advice for Dancers, in Dance Magazine. "Linda Hamilton's book is excellent and needed. She touches on all aspects of being a dancer." ? Jacques d' Amboise, founder, National Dance Institute, New York "This book is an excellent guide that addresses the social, emotional, and physical needs of the developing dancer. I often recommend it as a resource for our students and their parents." ? Peter J. Libman, Director of Student Life, School of American Ballet "Dr. Linda Hamilton has for years brought her expertise and very special knowledge, both as a clinical psychologist and former dancer with the New York City Ballet, to her widely read column in Dance Magazine. Now she extends the range of her work to embrace the dancer and his or her body3/4the problems that can be encountered, the symptoms that can be noticed, and, most important, the action that can be taken. Dr. Hamilton is one of the liveliest writers on dance today, and she has the ability to bring everyday classes and stage stress and strains to vivid and immediate life." ? Clive Barnes, senior theater critic, the New York Post, and senior consulting editor, Dance Magazine "The advice and information in this book should be considered the 'gold standard' for anyone involved in the dance world. Linda Hamilton covers all the necessary elements in a dancer's life, and all dancers can benefit from the practical strategies that she recommends to reduce excessive stress, whether it is mental or physical." ? Marika Molnar, PT, director of physical therapy, Westside Dance Physical Therapy and New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet

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