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Organizations and Articles About Dancer Wellness

Here are some resources for photographers, dancers and their families that promote  .  Pas de Deux Photo, LLC cannot endorse the work of any organization. But we have heard good things about these groups.

Organizations  Youth Protection Advocates in Dance The mission of Youth Protection Advocates in Dance® is to provide dance professionals with the skills and resources to protect and develop healthier and safer dance environments.


Danscend  - Danscend’s mission is to bring mental wellness to the forefront of dance training by providing a space for education, application, and community to dancers, educators, and professionals.


SafeSport - The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent nonprofit committed to building a sport community where participants can work and learn together free of emotional, physical and sexual abuse and misconduct.


Dance Education Equity Association-  organization dedicated to supporting dance education through our BE COURAGEOUS courses and community collaboration. We provide education and establish policies, procedures, and compassionate accountability pathways to embed anti-racism, anti-othering, and anti-abuse practices into the DNA of dance education.

RAINN - RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, y in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.


Safe Dance Practice: What it is and why do we need it

Three graduates of the Dance Science program at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London UK) summarize the topic of their book. They describe a physically and psychologically safe dance environment in which dancers can express themselves.


Mental Health In Dancers | Why Is No-one Talking About It? - Dance Niche

This article discusses symptoms and statistics about mental health.  The authors encourages dancers to take care of their mental health and provides resources.

Dance and Mental Health (

This article reminds of the importance of talking about our mental health and describes how many dancers can be perfectionists.

The Toll of Perfectionism: On the Physical and Mental Health of Ballet Dancers ‹ Literary Hub (

This is a great read for photographers about the role of perfectionism on the behavior and thinking of many dancers. The authors describe how dancers often view their bodies 


Grooming: Know the Warning Signs | RAINN

As a leader in supporting victims of sexual assault, RAINN's explanation of how grooming works to desensitize and earn the trust of minors is a must-read for anyone working with children and teens.

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