The Dancer's Survival Manual: Everything You Need to Know from the First Class to Career Change

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Marian Horosko danced in Hollywood films and with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and New York City Ballet. She is the author of seven books, including May O'Donnell: Modern Dance Pioneer. Judith F. Kupersmith, M.D., is a psychiatrist and former dancer with the New York City Ballet, currently on the faculty at Georgetown University Hospital. Both authors were founders of the Performing Arts Center for Health.
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Overview

Marian Horosko danced in Hollywood films and with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and New York City Ballet. She is the author of seven books, including May O'Donnell: Modern Dance Pioneer. Judith F. Kupersmith, M.D., is a psychiatrist and former dancer with the New York City Ballet, currently on the faculty at Georgetown University Hospital. Both authors were founders of the Performing Arts Center for Health.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813033273
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marian Horosko danced in Hollywood films and with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and New York City Ballet. She is the author of seven books, including May O'Donnell: Modern Dance Pioneer. Judith F. Kupersmith, M.D., is a psychiatrist and former dancer with the New York City Ballet, currently on the faculty at Georgetown University Hospital. Both authors were founders of the Performing Arts Center for Health.

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Table of Contents

Authors' Note ix

1 Introduction: Four Typical Students 1

2 Choosing and Evaluating a Dance School 12

3 Finding a Suitable Teacher 21

4 Orthopedic Test for Young Students 24

5 The Male Dancer Starting Out 27

6 Puberty: The Turbulent Turning Point 33

7 Auditioning 37

8 Competitions in the United States 49

9 Resumes and Photographs 53

10 Contracts 58

11 Self-Doubt and Stage Fright 65

12 Drug Abuse and Other Destructive Ways to Beat Stress 69

13 Caring for Your Feet and Hands 74

14 PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) 85

15 Stage Makeup 88

16 Skin Care 96

17 Hair Care and Stage Coifrures 106

18 Dental Care 112

19 Shoe Care 115

20 Care of Ears 117

21 Handling Jet Lag 119

22 Minor Aches and Pains 122

23 Nutrition 127

24 Care of the Eyes 143

25 The Use ofTobacco 148

26 Rivalries 153

27 Public Attention 162

28 Troubled Twosomes 169

29 The Most Difficult Losses for Dancers 175

30 Courting Disaster 178

31 Performer Excuses for Drug Abuse 182

32 Injury Stress 186

33 Assessing Your Options 190

34 Guest Appearances 195

35 Remember Ann, Bea, Cissy, and Danny? What Likely Happened to Them 197

36 Working After Leaving the Stage 199

Index 205

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