Covering topics relevant to dancers of all ages and abilities. Started during the 2020 coronavirus crisis, the episodes discuss a variety of topics, including the virus that shut the world down, obviously, but also nutrition, healthcare, physiotherapy and supplementary training (coming soon) as well as supposedly ’boring’ parts of being an artist like contracts, rights, communication in companies and schools, and unions-and the insight how much they actually help you become a more accomplished artist.
Episode 1: Lockdown, coronavirus, and training from home – facts and inspirational messages
This is a podcast episode for dancers to help understand the often mixed messages in the media and news, but additionally, this episode includes 9 dancers and their experiences during lockdown and self-isolation – think routines, positive distractions, keeping in touch with family and friends, cooking and baking, their favorite classes and conditioning programs, but also their anxieties and worries. Prof. Hartland helps us understand what we need to know about SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19.
Episode 2: ’What’s been in the pots and pans this week, Alex?’ #1
In this episode, we discuss with Ballerina Bites the meals she created during lockdown when training is limited to online classes. We provide nutritional insights into the meals, how to twist her meals into non-plantbased versions, but we also discuss training intensities, meals plans, calorie counting, the controversy around coconut oil and soy products, some of the myths surrounding carbohydrates ….. and so much all. A great combination of recipe creator and sports nutritionist!
Episode 3: ANZAC biscuits -and a ramble about diet culture in the dance world
We set out to discuss the plantbased swaps that Ballerina Bites uses for her new ANZAC biscuits recipe – and then found ourselves rambling about diet culture in general, in the dance world in particular, how disordered eating can easily be triggered in a dance environment, and who should advice on a dancer’s diet – and who should not. We believe this episode will be massive help for anyone with a not-so-healthy relationship with food!
Episode 4: Coronavirus explained
On Sunday, May 10, I sat down to record a single episode for you to understand the confusing and often very mixed messages about the new coronavirus and what it means for our daily lives. I’ve touched on herd immunity, vaccines, drugs, kids, face masks, warmer weather, antibody testing kits, and how we perceive numbers published by governments. Hope this will clarify a lot!
Episode 5: DANCERSCONNECT and dancing in Germany
In this episode, Friedrich and Amelia (@dancersconnect.de) tell us about the rather unique situation in Germany, where public funding for the arts is far more part of the culture than in many other countries, how dancers can raise their voice even in very difficult situations, why unions are so important, where to seek support, and how to help build a better future for dance in Germany – the main reason why Friedrich founded Dancersconnect. This episode is for dancers from all over the world, and also students. Germany being one of the most popular destinations for dancers from overseas, definitely do not miss out, we discuss lots of points that you probably have never heard of before, and we also don’t shy away from difficult topics like abuse. This episode will help you become the most accomplished artist you can be. If you’re considering auditioning for schools and companies in Germany, this episode is a must!
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– GDBA the artist union, Germany:
– Dachverband Tanz Deutschland the roof association for dance, Germany:
– Tamed the leading organisation for dance medicine, Germany: www.tamed.eu
– BBTK the managers and directors association for dance, Germany: www.bbtk.de
-Stiftung Tanz the organisation for assisting dancers career transition, Germany:
-Ensemble Netzwerk the association for actors, Germany: ensemble-netzwerk.de/
Episode 6: What stops me from seeing clearly? with Philippa Ziegenhardt (StageMinded)
A while ago 85% of our followers participating in a poll said that they tend to have negative thoughts, or bad habits like
- self-limiting beliefs
- desperately holding on to plans
- a need for constant validation
- fear of uncertainty
- holding on to the past
- and projecting their insecurities onto others.
Now, 2020 has been tough on most of us, and the arts the artists have been hit particularly hard. So many graduates not having properly graduated, and aldditionally not having had a change to finish their audition tour, so many dancers still not knowing when they will either be able to get back to a studio, not to mention the stage, so many dreams in tatters. I spoke to the brilliant Philippa from StageMinded, a former dancer with Hamburg Ballet, now settled as counsellor and back in Australia, founder of StageMinded, school counsellor for The Australian Ballet School, and my partner for the new program LEAP OVERSEAS (click here). We discussed these dancer-typical character traits, in general, and in particular during the current coronavirus crisis, and also for those moving away from home to pursue their dream .
Episode 7: PHYSIOTHERAPY, S&C and ONLINE TRAINING – in conversation with Sally Harrison (@strength4dance and @band_its.official)
The brilliant Sally Harrison talks all things
- What to do when you feel you’re not seen as a dancer during treatment? A situation so many have already encountered, especially when having moved to a new school/company.
- What should you expect from a good clinician? Can you grow your clinician?
- S&C movements that are helpful for dancers – and those that are not. How do you spot them? And how can you vary your conditioning?
- Online training: Things to do at home, and what to look our for in online trainings. This form of training is still quite prevalent when we look at what’s happening in the world right now.
- What’s most neglected in dance and what can we do against it?
Sally and I had a blast – never before have I laughed so much in an episode! Especially when we realized that our paths could have crossed ages ago in London when I was a student and Sally already an accomplished artist. Definitely recommend to tune in on IGTV as well to see Sally explain ’The Pyramid of Performance for Dance’ – so happy we kept the video footage as well, as this helps understand the importance of this pyramid.
Episode 8: RACISM IN DANCE w/ Solange Urdang and Kamara Gray
Episode 9: Bullies and narcissists in leadership positions – in conversation with Terry Hyde
In this podcast episode, we talk about ’the rest of the story’. While dancers find themselves constantly encouraged to speak up if they see, or experience injustice or abuse at their school/their company, we do believe that it is of utmost importance to discuss that speaking up can get you into a whole lot of trouble. Something you may not be prepared for.
Terry tells us a lot of bullies and narcissistic personalities in leadership position, and how they can impact a dancer’s life. An episode not to be missed! Uncomfortable, but needed.
Or get in touch via email (esp. if you’re interested in group sessions, 1:1 sessions, or to invite him to your school/company):
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Episode 10: ’What’s been in the pots and pans this week, Alex?’ #2 (coming soon)
Episode 11: Conversation with Mark Pace, dancer, dance teacher, dance scientist (coming soon)
The AusDancersOverseas magazine is filled to the brim with insights and experiences from dancers for dancers, some of them still pursuing an active career, whilst others have turned to dance medicine or related professions, sports nutrition, psychology, coaching, or teaching.
The first issue covers
- Auditions: from a dancer’s perspective, from a teacher’s/choreographer’s perspective, from a former dancer’s perspective, from a coach’s perspective, plus some additional material about weird situations in auditions that you have experienced, and some administrative procedures for those dancing in Germany.
- Defining success in the dance world: Thoughts and ideas
- Contemporary dance: No longer a 2nd tier career?
- Russia + Ukraine: Still very few dancers make it into companies in these countries. Read from those who did, and learn all about their experiences.
- Body Image: Which factors can contribute to the development of a negative body image?
- Master’s degree in dance: Go for it or not?
- What to do when you (need to) retire? Read about two inspirational dancers who retired from the stage but still work in the dance industry.
- Miscellaneous: projects and ideas you should keep an eye on
Please note. This magazine is no longer available.