The mindset for returning to the stage and studio

As the dance community returns to the studio and the stage, how do we ensure we return safely and, crucially, with the best frame of mind to work to our best? Each situation is unique, and it is important to feel secure and supported.

Erin Sanchez talks to Prof Joan Duda and Britt Tajet-Foxell, both members of One Dance UK’s Dance Medicine and Science Expert Panel, about where your head is at given this crazy pandemic year, and some tips to make sure you find a healthy and strong state of mind to go from here.

Prof Joan Duda
Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Birmingham
Joan Duda, PhD is one of the most cited researchers in her discipline and is internationally known for her expertise on motivation, engagement and optimal functioning/well being within sport and dance. She has created the Empowering DanceTM training programmes that are being delivered to coaches, parents and dance instructors through One Dance UK, and via international partners. Joan regularly consults with performing artists, including dancers representing diverse genres, and was the performance psychology consultant for the Birmingham Royal Ballet for many years. She represented the University of Birmingham as a founding member of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science.

Britt Tajet-Foxell
Consultant psychologist, The Royal Ballet
Britt originally trained as a physiotherapist and began working with the Royal Ballet Company in this capacity in the early 1970’s. This work lead to a fascination with the psychological aspects of injury and recovery and eventually undertaking a second degree in psychology and an MSc in occupational psychology. Britt then returned to the Royal Ballet working as a consultant psychologist, a position she has now held for over twenty years. Britt also has extensive experience working with Olympic athletes, previously holding positions with the British Olympic Medical Institute and the Norwegian Olympic Team and working with individuals such as British Rower James Cracknell, focusing on performance and rehabilitation psychology.

Originally published in One, Issue 9 – Autumn 2020