In the current dance scene, performers contend with choreography that involves extreme dance, multiple techniques, and acrobatic moves, exemplified in the popular reality television show, "So You Think You Can Dance." The dilemma for aspiring professionals is that dance class no longer provides sufficient preparation for performing at this level. Dancers who want to achieve their best, avoid injury, and perform at their peak will welcome the insight and advice in the pages of The Dancer's Way.
The world-renowned New York City Ballet developed their proven wellness program to help dancers reach their potential without compromising their health. As one of the key designers of this program, former dancer and clinical psychologist Linda Hamilton, Ph.D. provides the essential principles of wellness that will help you achieve your goals in all levels and forms of dance. These include keeping yourself physically healthy, nutritionally sound, and mentally prepared as a dancer. New York City Ballet's celebrated program, here for the first time in book form, highlights every tool you'll need to stay in great shape.
"This book holds information and advice that could easily save many a dancer's career. It's written with a clarity and compassion that come from a woman who knows first-hand both the difficulties and the thrilling joys of being a dancer."—Bebe Neuwirth, Emmy & Tony Award-winning Broadway dancer, singer, and actress, and founder of The Dancers' Resource at The Actors Fund
"If you're serious about a career in dance or just want to move through the rest of your life with grace, Linda Hamilton choreographs a perfect path. The Dancer's Way is the complete companion for anyone who wants the body, mind, and spirit of a dancer—a true athlete."—Jerry Mitchell, director/choreographer of Legally Blond, The Musical and mentor of Bravo's reality competition "Step It Up and Dance"
"The Dancer's Way is full of important and interesting information and I am impressed with the accessibility and practical applicability; not only for dancers but also for medical doctors and all other health care providers involved in the care of dancers. With this comprehensive book Linda Hamilton places herself in the forefront of dance medicine in its broadest sense. The book breathes the passion of the dancer, the skills of the writer, combined with the professionalism of the psychologist she is now. Highly recommended, a joy to read and—although dedicated to dancers—the book is a 'must' for everyone active or interested in dance and/or dance medicine. Thank you, Linda, for sharing with us your vast knowledge and experience in two beautiful worlds, the worlds of dance and academia."—A.B.M. (Boni) Rietveld, M.D. president of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science
"Yummy book. It's the 'fit' dancers have been waiting for. EAT FIT, WORK FIT, FEEL FIT, LIVE FIT, DANCE FIT."—Grover Dale, Tony award-winning director and founder of answers4dancers.com
"Meticulously researched and written with a warm and generous tone, Linda Hamilton's The Dancer's Way is an invaluable guide for dancers of any age."—Meredith Monk, Dance Magazine and MacArthur Genius Award-Winning composer and choreographer
"Linda Hamilton has lived this book. I've followed her career since she was in New York City Ballet and took my classes. She has become such a wise and understanding person who truly knows how difficult it is to be a dancer today and keep your sanity. This book is especially important for young dancers because is a treasure chest of new information which can eliminate pain, doubt, and fear. Brava!"—Finis Jhung, former principal dancer, Harkness Ballet and Master Ballet Teacher