Interview with Amy Waddle

In this interview, Dancing with ED founder, Amy Waddle, talks with Jared Levenson, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and founder of Eating Enlightenment about her eating recovery journey. Amy shares how she broke free from ED behaviors and how she started her nonprofit to help other dancers. This interview is helpful for those who are currently struggling with food addiction/eating disorders, depression and anxiety.

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Bay Area Event-January 26, 2019

We are so honored to take part in such a fantastic event! It was the first Dancers’ Day of Health hosted in San Francisco, and first to have mental health professionals participating!

Dancing With ED’s mission to raise awareness, offer education and support to dancers, partnered well with the event offering a wide range of health information and resources. The purpose of the event was to introduce the dance community to dance medicine providers in the Bay Area, bolster awareness of and support for dance medicine, and promote the health of dancers of all ages and levels across our community. Along with evaluating their physical health, each dancer had the opportunity to meet with a dietician regarding nutritional concerns including disordered eating and eating disorder struggles.

The mental health section of the screens included printed materials on depression, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders, and where to turn for help. Eighteen dancers signed up for a new virtual peer support group for dancers struggling with their mental health! 

Dancing With ED’s founder and ED Recovery Advocate for Dancers, Amy Waddle, met with dancers struggling with food, body image eating disorders. Amy says, “The goal for these conversations is to listen, encourage and connect the dancer to provide professional help. No one should have to dance through that alone.” The day included:- Free screenings for professional dancers to promote the health of our community.

– A keynote presentation from Nancy Kadel, MD. A board-certified orthopedic surgeon and dance medicine specialist.
– Panel discussions and Q&A session focusing on best practices in the field of dance medicine, mindful creative practice, and leadership with trusted professionals who work with dancers: Steve Coleman, LAc; Lenny Stein, DC; Selina Shah, MD; Kendall Alway, DPT; Libby Parker, RD; Nancy Marks, MD and Augusta Moore, Director of ODC Ballet Program and Feldenkrais Practitioner.
– Breakout sessions with dance medicine professionals, nutritionists, mental health experts, finance experts, and performance coaches.
– Interactive Lab with ODC Artist’s in Residence Kinetech Arts

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The next Dancers’ Day of Health will be in L.A. November 2019. We will be there! 

Dancing with ED: Recovery, Restoration, and Release

February 6, 2019
12:00 pm EST / 9:00 am PST

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Amy Waddle is a former pre-professional classical ballet dancer and eating disorder survivor. Her lifelong battle with bipolar two disorder and triumph over suicide inspired her advocacy work. She is an award-winning eating disorder recovery advocate, and speaker, member of the Suicide Prevention Council of San Luis Obispo, certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Q.P.R. for suicide prevention trainer, and speaker for the Stamp Out Stigma Speakers Bureau. She created a high school mental health curriculum called New Perspectives with local nonprofit Transitions Mental Health Association and had presented it to over 1,000 students in San Luis Obispo County. Amy also has her own nonprofit for the dance community called Dancing With ED, Inc. which she founded in 2012. Her latest project is her memoir which she hopes will be a testimony to God’s work in her life. She lives with her husband and daughter on the Central Coast of California.

Bay Area Tour

I’m very excited to be in the San Jose and Mill Valley, Ca. area’s sharing my vision and misson of Dancing With ED.

If you’re a dance community member, don’t miss my meet and greet April 11, 2017, where I’ll be sharing my personal journey through dance, an eating disorder, and how Dancing With ED the nonprofit was formed.

There will also be an opportunity to get involved in the nonprofit mission and become part of the ED recovery movement in dance.

The Biggest Lie Of All

Many people believe eating disorders are concerned with body shape, size and weight.

It is all a mirage…. it’s after something much more valuable.

ED wants us to think it’s about being thin. 

You’d think it would save the best for last, store up the best lie of all, but it’s in the first kiss we are captivated. When the weight starts to come off, when the clothes no longer fit and when the pills start to work.

ED’s very up front, so much so, we aren’t even looking for it.

It’s not deep, not untouchable. It was there all along.

The biggest lie of all.