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Welcome…

Thank you for finding your way to the dance psychologist!

As a dancer, there will be occasions when dance challenges, hurts or frustrates you, and makes you question why you chose this path. Fostering psychologically healthy engagement is crucial to your success and wellbeing in dance. As a child, I fell in love with dance, a passion rivaled only by my later fascination with all things brain and behavior. Now with over 25 years experience in dance, a PhD under my (ballet!) belt, and countless insightful conversations with dancers, teachers, and colleagues, I have decided to share my knowledge and expertise in dance psychology. I am pretty clued up on the highs and lows of a life in dance, and I promise to keep learning. This website will provide accessible information about psychology for dancers, dance teachers and parents of dancers, whatever stage of your career you, your students or your loved ones might be at. Through research-informed, evidence-based blogs, I aim to provide reassurance, support, and guidance on the commonly faced problems. I will offer a resource for those who need a helping hand and top it all off with a little sprinkle of positivity and encouragement. I’ll also be sharing my experiences and reviews of conferences I attend, scientific papers I read and events taking place that you too can get involved in. I hope that you enjoy taking the time to look at my website, and here’s to a happy, healthy career in dance!
Lucie, the dance psychologist.
You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.
— Merce Cunningham