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