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Dance; Better.

Dance; Better.

By Sarah Schiewer and Courtney Ulrich
A mental health podcast just for ballet dancers. We're 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."
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Summer Break!
For this week, Courtney and Sarah wanted to catch you guys up on a few things... First, they go back and reflect on THIRTY EPISODES in Season 1! It has been an incredible journey of growth, friendship, and learning so many things about the ballet world, and how it can and will move forward. And they make a bittersweet announcement. Sadly, this will be the last episode with Courtney, as she moves into the next phase of her life as an entrepreneur, but do not fear! Sarah will be back with SEASON TWO in just four weeks. To continue following Courtney on her journey and connect with her go to: www.courtneyulrich.com and of course, follow her on Instagram @courtulrich, and join her Facebook group, Strong and Struggling Zillenial Women here!  Please remember that Sarah and Courtney are mental health professionals, and anything you hear them say are experiences from their lives and should not be considered medical advice. 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 us a review. (I might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
16:23
June 18, 2021
The One About Classical Ballet's Evolution
Today Sarah and Courtney spoke with Zachary Whittenburg about many areas of ballet culture: hiring practices, company structure, inclusivity, and how all of that ties into the mental health of dancers. Zac spent ten years as a professional dancer followed by a freelance career including performance, teaching, and choreographic work with many prominent companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BJM Danse Montréal, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and North Carolina Dance Theatre, now Charlotte Ballet. Zac is a regular contributor to Dance Magazine, a panelist and guest speaker, and tweets @trailerpilot about contemporary culture, politics, and the performing arts. Founding board secretary for the Chicago Dance History Project, he serves on the artistic advisory council for High Concept Labs, and consults on a variety of programs for artist support and equitable funding in the cultural sector. As associate director of marketing and communication at Hubbard Street, he represented the company on the Chicago Dancemakers Forum consortium. As communications and engagement director at Arts Alliance Illinois, he helped promote the value of the arts and give voice to a creative state. You can follow Zac at @trailerpilot On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trailerpilot/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trailerpilot On Twitter: https://twitter.com/trailerpilot Please remember that Sarah and Courtney are mental health professionals, and anything you hear them say are experiences from their lives and should not be considered medical advice. 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
01:09:05
June 11, 2021
The One With A Pre-Professional Student's Perspective
Sarah and Courtney spoke with Alea Brown about her experience as a pre-professional student. She brings a fresh perspective on the challenges of being a pre-professional dancer in the era of COVID, college auditions, and everything in between. Alea is a 17-year-old high school senior and pre-professional dancer with the Colorado Ballet Society. She plans to attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts this fall to continue her training in classical ballet. To follow Alea's college journey, follow her at: @Alea.YunCai.Brown To check out her jewelry business, please visit her website at https://joyfulcloudsdesigns.wixsite.com/joyfulcloudsdesigns  and on Instagram at @joyfulcloudsdesigns To follow Colorado Ballet Society, please visit their website at https://www.danceinthesprings.com/ and follow them @ColoradoBalletSociety on Instagram and Facebook Please remember that Sarah and Courtney are mental health professionals, and anything you hear them say are experiences from their lives and should not be considered medical advice. 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
39:16
June 4, 2021
The One With Youth Protection Advocates In Dance
 Today Sarah and Courtney spoke with Dr. Christina Donaldson. Christina serves as an Advisory Panel Member for Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD), an organization dedicated to building empowered dance communities and keeping kids healthy and safe in all dance environments. Christina is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in California an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch University, and a guest lecturer at various Universities and Community Colleges on the topic of eating disorders. Recently, she co-founded Soul Meets Body, a self-esteem workshop for dancers. Today we spoke with Christina about the work being done with YPAD, and how to identify, navigate, and change the spectrum of abusive studio culture. To connect with Christina and YPAD: Christina's IG: @dancin.dr.t Christina's website: http://www.drchrsitinadonaldson.com/ YPAD IG: @ypadnow YPAD website: ypadnow.com Please remember that Sarah and Courtney are mental health professionals, and any of the things you hear them say are experiences from their lives and should not be considered medical advice. 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
01:05:20
May 28, 2021
The One About Saving Ballet from Itself
Today Courtney and Sarah spoke with Chloe Angyal. Chloe is the author of the new book, "Turning Pointe: How a New Generation of Dancers is Saving Ballet from Itself," which is available anywhere you buy books. Chloe’s book is a fascinating read about inequality in the ballet world, and how it affects dancers everywhere. Her message is truly a powerful one. To schedule a free presentation with Chloe for your school or company, go to https://chloesangyal.com/ You can connect with Chloe on Instagram @chloe.angyal.writes Please remember that Sarah and Courtney are mental health professionals, and anything you hear them say are experiences from their lives and should not be considered medical advice. 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
01:01:39
May 21, 2021
The One About Ballet's Social-Emotional Revolution
In today's episode, Courtney and Sarah spoke with Jackson Jirard about his extensive research in psychology and dance and what a social-emotional revolution in the ballet industry looks like from his perspective. Jackson is a Bostonian artist and educator. He received his BA in Psychology from Stanford University, his M.Ed. in Human Development & Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and has been researching power, responsibility, and emotional well-being in ballet companies for many years. He’s danced professionally with Ballet Austin in Texas, Sacramento Ballet in California, and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. More recently, he’s choreographed for a musical and major motion picture (New Repertory Theatre's "Oliver" and Columbia Pictures' "Little Women" respectively), performed in an opera, and even a tap-jazz-ballet. Having grown up in Massachusetts, Jackson continues to excitedly re-familiarize himself with the New England scene as the newly appointed Associate Director of Rehearsal for Life's Urban Improv. You can read Jackson's newest article, Why Every Ballet Company Needs an Emotional Counselor here: https://jxjirard.medium.com/why-every-ballet-company-needs-an-emotional-counselor-ca594d9be8e0 Please remember that no one on the show today is a mental health professional, and anything you hear us say are things from our lives and should not be considered medical advice. 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
01:26:19
May 14, 2021
The One About Comparison
Today, Courtney and Sarah unpacked one of the prevailing afflictions in the ballet world today: comparison. They shared their earliest memories with comparison in dance, how it can lead to distorted constructive criticism, and how it shows up in adulthood. They also shared some quick tips and resources that help them combat it. Please remember that Courtney and Sarah are not mental health professionals, and anything you hear them say are experiences from their lives and should not be considered medical advice. 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
01:02:33
May 7, 2021
The One About Neurodiversity
Hey everyone! Today Courtney and Sarah spoke with Sophia Martins from Neuroscience of Dance. We dove deep into neurodiversity and how it affects all parts of the ballet world. Sophia is an international dance neuroscientist, dancer, performer, and dance teacher. She trained in dance therapy and somatic practices, has a double degree in Psychology and Forensic Psychology and worked as a mental health practitioner for 4 years. Through her Neuroscience of Dance project and Dance Integrated Healing Method, she provides neurocognitive and dance healing tools. As a coach, she talks about coping with injuries, neurological recovery, improving class environments and teaching techniques, overcoming struggles (memory, equilibrium, learning difficulties), improving mental well-being, improving dance skills, and using dance for healing purposes. Currently, she still takes part in research, conducts the Dance is Medicine Podcast and teaches cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging research methods. To connect with Sophia, you can find her on Instagram at @neuroscienceofdanceartscience And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neuroscienceofdance/ Below, you will find all the links to her workshops, research, and other resources on neurodiversity. https://linktr.ee/neuroscienceofdanceartscience Use coupon code WELLNESS for 20% off her workshop, Dance Wellness Programme: Movement Neuroscience & Healing. Please remember that no one on the show today are mental health professionals, and anything you hear us say are things from our lives and should not be considered medical advice. 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
01:14:40
April 30, 2021
The One With The Balanced Ballerina
In today's episode, the girls spoke with the amazing Georgia Canning. Georgia shared with us some incredible tips on how she developed her studio culture that fosters inclusivity while maintaining a Vaganova curriculum. Georgia is the Founder of Balanced Ballerinas - podcast, vlog, blog, and community dedicated to breaking down the elitist barriers usually associated with ballet and providing a more holistic approach to ballet training. Georgia is also the co-owner and Director of GC Dance which is a studio for school-aged students on the Gold Coast, Australia.  To connect with Georgia, you can find her business on Instagram @thebalancedballerina and @balancedballerinas. Click here to find the pod and a few other goodies! https://linktr.ee/thebalancedballerina Please remember that no one on the show today is a mental health professional, and anything you hear us say are things from our experiences and should not be considered medical advice. 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
01:21:26
April 23, 2021
The One Where Dancers Are Human
In today's episode, the girls spoke with former professional dancer and now graduate student, Glenn Kelich. He spoke candidly about his experience as a football player and ballet dancer, struggles with concussion injuries, and ways we can change the ballet world for the better. Glenn was both a high school football player as well as a pre-professional ballet student. He went on to graduate from Indiana University’s rigorous ballet program with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet as well as a degree in Sports Marketing and Management.  Following graduation, he danced with the Kansas City Ballet and the Indianapolis Ballet for three and a half seasons.  Now he is a graduate student pursuing a master's in Mental Health Counseling from Indiana University.   To follow Glenn's journey, connect with him here: Instagram @jgkelich  and his inspiring IG, Mindset hacks - @the_mentalgame Please remember that no one on the show today are mental health professionals, and anything you hear us say are things from our lives and should not be considered medical advice. 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
58:21
April 16, 2021
The One About Ballet's Emotional Demands
In today's episode, the girls spoke with former professional dancer, Suvi Honkanen. Suvi was born in Helsinki, Finland, and began her ballet training at age five at Helsinki Dance Institute. She went on to train at Russia's Vaganova Academy and danced professionally with Finnish National Ballet for nine years before transitioning into writing and journalism in 2019.  Suvi recently wrote an article in Pointe Magazine titled “As ballet looks towards its future, let’s talk about its troubling emotional demands” and in this episode, Courtney and Sarah go even more in-depth on her experiences and opinions on how exactly this acknowledgment and change can occur in the ballet world.  To follow Suvi, you can find her on Instagram @susuvi To read her other work mentioned in the show at https://suvihelenahonkanen.medium.com/ 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. Find a local MHA affiliate who can provide services and find a therapist by clicking here: 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast  Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet OR If Facebook is more your speed: www.facebook.com/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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
01:02:39
April 9, 2021
Bonus Episode! Spring Break!
Hey friends! Courtney and Sarah recorded a mini-episode for you to celebrate 20 episodes! We're taking a bit of a spring break. The ladies return next week with an incredible episode with Suvi Honkanen. Check out her recent Pointe Magazine article, "As Ballet Looks Toward Its Future, Let's Talk About Its Troubling Emotional Demands" and get ready to learn all about the woman behind these powerful words. Hope you all are taking some intentional time to rest this weekend as well and we'll see ya next week! We would like to include that 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. Find a local MHA affiliate who can provide services and find a therapist by clicking here: https://www.mhanational.org/ Our 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). Don't forget to follow us on Instagram and now Facebook! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast www.facebook.com/dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
12:13
April 2, 2021
The One That Squashes "My Way or the High Way"
In this ep, Courtney and Sarah got together for a chat about the all too common mindset around "my way or the highway". They spoke about how this shows up in the studio from a day-to-day student perspective with ballet techniques, styles, teachers' beliefs, and what it means to "make it".  Please remember Courtney and Sarah are not mental health professionals, and anything you hear them say in this episode should not be considered medical advice. 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. Find a local MHA affiliate who can provide services and find a therapist by clicking https://arc.mhanational.org/mha-affiliate-network. 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
55:37
March 26, 2021
The One About Perfectionism
Welcome back Terry! In this ep, the girls brought back their very first guest, UK-based dance psychotherapist Terry Hyde. In this conversation, he dug deeper into the web that is perfectionism. We all hear that word a lot these days, and we know that it can be harmful, but what can we do about it? Terry walked us through what defines perfectionism, when to know it is becoming a barrier to your success, and how to navigate it.  You can connect with Terry on Instagram @counsellingfordancers  and on his website www.counsellingfordancers.com.  Don't forget to follow his insta for updates on his dancer wellness app and a new book coming out this fall!  If you are interested in the quiz we spoke about and the work by Gretchen Reuben, you can find it at https://quiz.gretchenrubin.com/  We would like to include that 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. Find a local MHA affiliate who can provide services and find a therapist by clicking here: https://www.mhanational.org/finding-help  Our 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 us on Instagram!  Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast  Courtney @courtulrich  Sarah @techballet  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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
57:29
March 19, 2021
The One With The Evolved Dancer
In today's ep, Courtney and Sarah spoke with Taylor Behringer, a life-long dancer, educator, & mom, helping professional dancers heal their relationship with their bodies. She is a certified PAUSE Breathwork Facilitator & Life Coach, who works with the somatics of the body to help dancers find safety & peace with their bodies. Her work as a coach for professional dancers provides a unique perspective on the relationship between their bodies and how they show up in the studio.  You can connect with Taylor on Instagram @taylor_behringer  And her website https://www.taylorbehringer.com/ We believe that holistic approaches can be helpful when integrated with the care of a licensed healthcare professional. To find a local mental health professional, you can find services and a therapist by clicking here: https://www.mhanational.org/finding-help 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.  Our 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
01:08:45
March 12, 2021
The One With The Dance Psychologist
In this ep, Courtney and Sarah spoke with Dr. Lucie Clements, The Dance Psychologist. She is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Chichester and a Chartered Psychologist. She now runs a business as a  dance psychologist along with her academic position. She supports dancers across the world, including India, Hong Kong, and the USA. She is particularly interested in the interplay between the environment and the individual in developing a rounded healthy dancer, not just a technically "perfect" performer.   She spoke in-depth about the psychology surrounding auditions.  From the preparation to the aftermath, she gave brilliant techniques dancers can adopt. She also spoke on the psychology of financial motivation from both the student and professional's perspectives as well as some of the psychology behind healthy student-parent dynamics. So much good stuff! You can connect with Lucie on Instagram @thedancepsychologist You can learn about her programs on her website at www.thedancepsychologist.com If you love the illustrations on Lucie's Instagram as much as we do, you can connect with the artist, Kate Hester, on Instagram @kate.illustration_ Follow. We would like to include that 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. Find a local MHA affiliate who can provide services and find a therapist by clicking here. 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
01:11:23
March 5, 2021
The One With Retirement Part I
In today's ep, Sarah and Courtney began a series about retirement; engaging in conversation with dancers who are going through or have transitioned out of being a professional dancer.  That transition looks different for everyone and in this part one episode, we interviewed Sadie Sommer, a former dancer with Nashville Ballet. She spoke to us about having a balanced life as a dancer and how that affected how she transitioned from the stage to working in a support role in the social research field. We also spoke about motherhood and what that has meant to her. She spoke honestly and candidly about her experiences and it was such an honor to witness. The transition can be hard, but with the help and support of loved ones and professionals, it can also be a beautiful one. This ep is super relatable for all the dancing mammas, professionals, and former dancers. Sadie would like to mention that if you have the opportunity to support local dancers in these times, please reach out to your local ballet company for donation opportunities to support dancers and staff. We would like to include that 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. Find a local MHA affiliate who can provide services and find a therapist by clicking here. 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
52:20
February 26, 2021
The One With Kathryn Morgan
In this episode, the girls spoke with Kathryn Morgan. Kathryn is a YouTube phenom, ballet influencer, author, coach, YAGP judge, and the creator of Kathryn Morgan Online, Kathryn Morgan and Friends, and so much more. She shared her amazing journey through being a preprofessional, getting hired at NYCB, a seven-year retirement and harrowing health journey, her comeback to the stage, and now creating her own space in the dance world. Kathryn is a true phoenix, rising from the ashes time and again, and is a true inspiration to us all. You can follow Kathryn on Instagram @kathryn_morgan To experience her platform (find her articles, videos, classes, and even get one-on-one coaching)  visit: www.kathrynmorganonline.com The 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
01:00:58
February 19, 2021
The One With Pointe to Rise
In this ep, Sarah and Courtney sat down with Susanne Puerschel, creator of Pointe to Rise, an empowerment society for dancers and other artists. We spoke to her about the mindset involved with competing at an elite level. Pre-professional competitions are a growing pillar in the ballet industry and it is crucial to have a solid understanding of your mindset as a competitor as well as to "arm" yourself with a good headspace as you step into the competition season.  Susanne came with all the tips and insight to help you develop this healthy mindset for yourself! She is a wellness entrepreneur, podcast host, former international ballerina and experienced principal chief executive officer. She's dedicating her time now, after working in cooperate America and running her own businesses, to building community among dancers and artist, providing mindset and high performance coaching and building a media company that will be the springboard to revitalizing the Arts. You can connect with Susanne on Instagram @pointe_to_rise On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/susanneguides and her website is https://pointetorise.com/ The 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 us on Instagram Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
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February 12, 2021
The One Where They're Minding the Gap
In today's episode, the girls spoke with the brilliant force behind Minding The Gap, Kathleen Gaines. She is a former professional dancer, turned journalist and now creator of an amazing mental health research and education platform for dancers. Her work has been most recently highlighted in the Dance Teacher Magazine article, Inside Point Park’s First-of-Its-Kind Dancer Mental-Health Program, but it all started in 2017 when she wrote the article that went viral for Dance Magazine, Why Are We Still So Bad At Addressing Dancers' Mental Health? She spoke in depth about the inspiration behind starting this movement, and how she plans to change the future of dance.  You can learn all about Minding the Gap here: https://www.wearemindingthegap.org/ And connect with them on Instagram @we.are.minding Additionally, you can find the work by Sanna Nordin-Bates we spoke about in the episode regarding the link between perfectionism and creativity here 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. Find a local MHA affiliate who can provide services and find a therapist. The 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
01:08:16
February 5, 2021
The One About Dancer Wellness
In this ep, Courtney and Sarah spoke with Katrena Cohea with Different Drummer Dance, a studio owner and dance wellness educator. She dove into just how wellness practices can be easily integrated into studio life so your dancers can approach their training with the best mindset possible. She gave us some actionable tips and insight so if you are a studio owner, teacher, or director, you will want to grab a pen and a notebook! You can connect with Katrena on Instagram at @diffdrummdance and find all her amazing workshops and trainings at https://www.differentdrummerdance.com/ The 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. (We might even read it on the next episode!) This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
01:05:52
January 29, 2021
The One With The Whole Dancer
In today's ep, the girls spoke with the incredible Jess Spinner, creator of the Whole Dancer platforms.  Coming from her perspective as a certified health coach as well as drawing on her own experiences as a dancer, she spoke about what it means to be in a healthy place as a pre-professional ballet dancer. When it comes to mindset work as well as eating habits, Jess has become the go-to for dancers to repair and replenish themselves. She gives some great "how tos" on the day-to-day caring for your whole body and mind. To connect with Jess: website, blog, coaching: www.thewholedancer.com IG - @thewholedancer FB PAGE - www.facebook.com/thewholedancer FB GROUP - www.facebook.com/groups/1904164039852451 The 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
01:00:02
January 22, 2021
The One Where They Get Some Perspective.
In this ep. Courtney and Sarah sat down with success coach and wellness mentor, Elizabeth Sullivan. She has years of experience working with pre-professional students, helping them uncover and change those mental blocks surrounding their bodies, their technique, and their artistry. This episode really uncovered the roots of how your mindset can, and will, affect all aspects of your dancing life. You can book a discovery session with Elizabeth here: https://easullivan.com/ The 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
01:06:40
January 15, 2021
The One With Abi Stafford Part II
Are you ready for part 2 of our episode with Abi Stafford? We are!  In part two, Abi discusses more in depth about how her mental health has played a role in her company years and we also discuss how mental health plays a role within the inner workings of a multi-generational professional ballet company.  Her vulnerability and wisdom lends itself to such a unique perspective given the rank she has achieved and her words serve as an inspiration to all dancers.  Please once you've listened to this episode, share with your dance friends and colleagues and help us spread this empowering message across the ballet community.  This was such an empowering conversation, and we hope it inspires all of our dancers out there to take charge of their careers and blaze new trails for mental health in the dance space. The opinions shared in this episode are those of our guest's, and not of Dance Better LLC or any co-host. You can read all of Abi's amazing articles here! https://www.dancemagazine.com/u/abistafford https://www.pointemagazine.com/u/abi-stafford check out her project with Dances Petrelle here: https://www.dancespatrelle.org/ The 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
49:05
January 8, 2021
The One With Abi Stafford
In this ep, the girls sit down with world renowned NYCB principal ballerina Abi Stafford. They get into some real talk about mental health in the professional ballet world and how that affects everything from hiring to casting, and everything in between. This was such an empowering conversation, and we hope it inspires all of our dancers out there to take charge of their careers and blaze new trails for mental health in the dance space. The opinions shared in this episode are those of our guest's, and not of Dance Better LLC or any co-host.  You can read all of Abi's amazing articles here! https://www.dancemagazine.com/u/abistafford https://www.pointemagazine.com/u/abi-stafford The 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review. This helps to make our show more searchable, and will make it more accessible to more people...plus, we’d love to hear from you!
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January 1, 2021
The One With Nutty Memories
This one goes out to all the dancers of 2020 experiencing a *different* Nutcracker this year. In this ep, the girls relive their best--and worst Nutcracker memories from their favorite rolls to most embarrassing moments. This episode celebrates all that is Nutcracker...including the crippling anxiety of wearing tutus and midriff costumes (oof!). Music selections include "A Journey" by Kevin Hartnell It has been edited and reproduced under the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0), as well as Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy arranged by Kevin Mac Leod and used through the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)  Follow Us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review--we’d love to hear from you!
54:58
December 18, 2020
The One Where They Push Past Potential
In today's ep, the girls spoke with Jordan Nichole of the Ballet to Business Podcast. The life of a professional ballet dancer may appear glamorous, however, with beauty, there’s also sacrifice and pain. She became a professional with the San Francisco Ballet at 18 and danced as a corps de ballet member for 7 seasons. After suffering through many seasons of injuries, she endured one of her worst injuries in February of 2019, causing her to undergo surgery. However, it was through that season of not being able to dance, that she thought, “Well, what CAN I do?” Enter, creating Ballet to Business, a podcast where both current and former ballet dancers share how the character traits and experiences they’ve gained from ballet help them in life & business today! Tune in to hear her story of pushing through her potential, leaning into her patience, and fiercely pursuing her goals all the way through the chaos of 2020. You can follow Jordan and all her projects at https://jordannicoleh.com/about Ballet Project www.balletproject.tv - Ballet to Business now has a video show! and follow her on IG @ballettobusiness The 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review--we’d love to hear from you!
01:13:30
December 11, 2020
The One Where They Overshare
In today's ep, Courtney and Sarah revisit those formative teenage years. Tune in to hear all about vying for parts, friends, favorite costumes, and then perhaps some oversharing about boob sweat, butt sweat, and period mishaps. We dive into it all. No pun intended. This is a lighter ep full of fun stories and sharing. We hope you find it fun and uplifting! Welcome to the teen years. The 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 us on Instagram! Dance Better podcast on Instagram @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review--we’d love to hear from you!
01:02:43
December 4, 2020
The One Where They Learn Food is Their Friend
In today's ep, Courtney and Sarah spoke with AusDancersOverseas, an Australian research team. Dr. Stephanie Potreck is a former dancer turned doctor and sports nutritionist, and Dr. Nicky Keay is a clinical researcher with a focus on hormones. Nicky is also the medical advisor to the Scottish Ballet and undertaking research with these dancers.  Together this research team is focusing on Low Energy Availability and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport for current ballet dancers. They’re putting together their expert knowledge on ballet training and performance, nutrition, hormones, and overall health to discover how food as fuel can help you Dance; Better! To check out their amazing webinars and all they have to offer go to https://ausdancersoverseas.com/webinars/ and use our exclusive coupon code, DanceBetter_25 for 25% off your order at checkout!   The 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review--we’d love to hear from you!
01:13:40
November 20, 2020
The One Where They Trick Their Anxiety Triggers
In this ep, we explore the early roots of our anxiety in ballet and how that has translated to our lives as adults. Please remember that we are not mental health professionals, and none of what we say should be considered medical advice. In this episode, we talk about some sensitive topics including disordered eating. Children should listen under the guidance of a parent, and may not be suitable for everyone. Here are the articles we referenced in today's episode: Definition of Generalized Anxiety Data and Statistics on Children's Mental Health Anxiety Disorders in Children Understanding Generalized Anxiety Anxiety Screening Tool The 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review--we’d love to hear from you!
01:12:28
November 6, 2020
The One Where They Learn Where All This Anxiety is Coming From
Join us with Terry Hyde, a renowned psychotherapist, and creator of Counselling for Dancers (yes, spelled with two "Ls"!). Terry is a former dancer himself and hails from The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, and the West End. His lengthy dance career combined with education as a psychotherapist means that he is a deep well of wisdom and advice to help you Dance; Better. Click here: Insight Timer to find the meditation app that Terry mentioned. The 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 us on Instagra!m Dance; Better Podcast @dancebetterpodcast Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review--we’d love to hear from you!
01:04:17
October 23, 2020
The One Where They Introduce Themselves
Take a quick deep dive into the past lives of Sarah and Courtney. From baby ballerinas to Nutcracker shenanigans, and off to company and college, these stories are so relatable for every dancer. Take a look from a bird’s-eye view at how dance training can have such an impact on a single human. The 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 us on Instagram! Dance; Better podcast @dancebetterpodcast. Courtney @courtulrich Sarah @techballet 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 us a review--we’d love to hear from you!
58:47
October 16, 2020
Trailer
Get a sneak-peek into our mental health podcast, just for dancers! The 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).
03:26
October 8, 2020