EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT BALLET TRAINING by THOM HECHT

While training, emotions affect the teacher and the student. Emotions are contagious and we need to learn how to deal with them to improve the quality of the training. A way to learn how to deal with those emotions, is to first of all create an awareness that there are in fact emotions. Even in the dancing world.

Unless it’s portrayed as a role, dancers shouldn’t have emotions. Emotions during dance is taboo, they are seen as an unwanted byproduct. To realize that we all have emotions and that they can actually be helpful to improve the way you experience training is the first step. Learning about different emotions and how they can help you, will take you further. Learning how to improve the mind to become a healthier dancer might also prevent injuries.

“Emotions are contagious.”

I’ve been doing research on dance and psychology for about ten years and we’re still in a phase where we have to learn that there are emotions. We need to change the whole situation we’re in at the moment. I think we’ve made a lot of progress in terms of medicine, anatomy and how we can improve the turnout and prevent injuries. In terms of psychology, we are still far behind. That’s the next big move I expect to happen in dance science.

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