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"I have held the ongoing premise that with certain physical attributes, the world of classical dance is 75% mental. There is the added dimension of needing the intellectual understanding of the intricacies of technique, and possessing a secure and confident mental state to allow ones mind to make free, proper, and tasteful choices in execution. As in athletics, dance is now beginning to recognize the importance of mental capabilities. A publication such as Psychology of Dance will assist with and lead to an expansion of those understandings."
Miami City Ballet
"A wonderful addition to dance literature--useful for dancers, students of dance, and teachers. The techniques and approaches described in this book will assist dancers to become empowered in the dance-learning process, encouraging them to understand themselves and the role they can play in heightening their own performance and reaching their potential. It gives them the skills and sensitivities they need to take charge of their own dancing."
School of the Hartford Ballet
"When dance directors ask for "more", what they often want is an increase in performance concentration or intensity. The means explored in this book for developing an optimal performance attitude should help dancers deliver what directors want. The psychological dimensions of dance the authors discuss are important additions to the dance class and can lead to more rewarding performance careers for dancers."
Jill Beck, PhD
Chair, Dance Division
Southern Methodist University