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DST 2019 Speaking / Dance Schedule

 

Jan 5 - Brandywine Ballet West Chester, PA
Jan 12 - Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC
Jan 15 and 16 - University of Oklahoma
March 1 - Debbie Reynolds Scholarship Dancers
March 30 - City Dance Bethesda Maryland

March 30 - The Washington Ballet School

Oct 25 - 27, 2019 - IADMS Montreal

Dawn speaks at IADMS 2019 Montreal
Dancers and Eating Disorders – Warning Signs and Helpful Resources by Dawn Smith-Theodore

When you suffer from an eating disorder, you live with the mantra, never enough. Whether it’s the number on the scale that could always be lower, or feeling as though you can never get enough food when binging, or when you believe you can never exercise enough, this concept remains a familiar thread in the life of someone who suffers from an eating disorder.

There is always someone better standing next to you in the mirror—someone with a better physique or a higher extension or more perfect feet. The critical mind works overtime, and can inhibit dancers from being able to perform their best at auditions and even in class. Not all dancers develop eating disorders, but research shows that they are 20 times more likely to than the general...  [Read More]

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The Whole Dancer Interview with Dawn Smith-Theodore

Jess Spinner (JS): What’s your background in dance?

Dawn Smith-Theodore (DS-T) : 

My mom had a dancing school in Ohio so I danced before I was born. I moved to New York and danced for Henry Letang who at the time was doing a bunch of Broadway shows.  And then I ended up going to Japan and performing at The Mikado Theater, I’ve danced at Carnegie Hall, and at the Sydney Olympics. After dancing professionally I opened my dance school in Los Angeles and ran it for 25 years. I still do a master class series around.... [READ FULL ARTICLE HERE]

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Dawn Smith-Theodore, a former professional dancer, is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. She is also an anorexia-nervosa survivor. Here she explains how under the right circumstances, a dancer's perfectionism and ballet's culture of thinness can create a risky recipe for an eating disorder.

 

I grew up in front of a mirror and as a dancer it was my best friend and my worst enemy. I loved to watch myself to make sure that I had the right style, lines and technique. It was when I began comparing myself to others, and listening to the drill sergeant in my head that never stopped proclaiming that I wasn't good enough and needed to lose weight, that the... [Read More]

 

#NEDACHAT Eating Disorders and Body Image in the Dance Community.

 

This #NEDAchat will be focusing on eating disorders and body image in the dance community. We have an incredible panel lined up, and we wanted to introduce you to them. Read on to see who they are and what they are doing to tackle this discussion in the dance community... [Read More]

 

Is there really such a thing as too thin?

Like drugs and alcohol, food can be a way of coping with emotions.  "There’s an underlying reason why people develop an eating disorder," said Dawn Smith-Theodore, a specialist in the treatment of eating disorders. "It’s about the food and it’s not about the food. Somewhere along the line the true reason that we...  [Read More]

DANCE HEALTH: How to prevent the thinking and behavior that leads to an eating disorder.

We’ve seen it portrayed in movies, in literature, in art and in theater – the dancer who’s obsessed with her weight. Whether in secret or in public, many of us dancers have argued against this stereotype, contending that it supports a... [Read More]

FEATURE ARTICLE: Is it safe to create a dance social media profile?

In an effort to boost self-branding, build a professional network or to simply stay informed, many young dancers continue to invade social media platforms, particularly Instagram, by setting up profiles. While social media can be a...  [Read More]

Dawn Smith Theodore Interview:
The Gina Pero Show - Living Life Full Out

The Gina Pero Show inspires audiences worldwide to start living life full out with feeling. Her vast knowledge, valuable information, and real-life stories create an experience that will ignite awareness into your heart and soul.

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Calabasas Style – Dawn Smith Theodore: Helping those with Eating Disorders

When I treat clients with eating disorders, I always talk to the person about the “fork in the road”, which is the choice they have as to whether to choose their life in that moment or their eating disorder. Every decision that is made moves them closer to one destination or the other. [Read More]

Pointe Magazine - New Dance Resource

 

Though it’s sometimes difficult to acknowledge, eating disorders are a reality in the dance world. In her new book, Tutu Thin, former studio owner Dawn Smith-Theodore, a therapist who specialized in the treatment of eating disorders, approaches the topic in an honest, nonjudgmental light. The author shares her struggle as a teen with anorexia nervosa and offers helpful strategies for creating a nutritious meal plan, worrying signs of anorexia, bulimia and binging and when to seek treatment. Although the book is tailored for younger dancers, the message is important for performers, teachers and parents alike… Available at TuTuThin.com

BOOK REVIEW:  TuTu Thin: A Guide to Dancing without an Eating Disorder


Though it’s sometimes difficult to acknowledge, eating disorders are a reality in the dance world. In her new book, Tutu Thin, former studio owner Dawn Smith-Theodore, a therapist who specialized in the treatment of eating disorders,  ... [Read More]

Tutu Thin in Dance Magazine – Your Body Tips

As a dancer, it’s likely that someone you know has struggled with an eating disorder: Meta-analysis of 33 studies from 1966 to 2013 found that dancers’ risk is three times as high as in other populations. Statistics like these are why Dawn… [Read More]

Tutu Thin in Dance Teacher Magazine – Win It!

Written by a dancer-turned-eating disorder specialist, this book offers insight into why some dancers develop disorders, how to recognize the warning signs and how to get help. It also includes nutrition plans and dancer case studies. Learn… [Read More]

Gurze – Salucore – Eating Disorder Resource Catalogue

Author Dawn Smith-Theodore, MA, MFT, CEDS, joined us to discuss her book, Tutu Thin: A Guide to Dancing Without an Eating Disorder. What follows are our questions in italics, and Dawn’s thoughtful responses. You note a familiar… [Read More]

GUEST BLOG:  Unique Challenges for the Clinician Treating a Middle-Aged Eating Disorder Patient

 

By Dawn Smith-Theodore, MA, MFT, CEDS.When I treat clients with eating disorders, I always talk to the person about the “fork in the road”, which is the choice they have as to whether to choose their life in that moment or their eating disorder. Every decision that is made moves them closer to one destination or the other.  [Read More]

Episode 2 Part 1 (A High Price To Pay)

Tracey wants to help Suzanne, currently in jail for theft, continue her treatment while Lisa’s husband is ready to leave her if she doesn’t agree to get treatment for her anorexia.  [Video]

Episode 2 Part 2 (A High Price To Pay)

Tracey wants to help Suzanne, currently in jail for theft, continue her treatment while Lisa’s husband is ready to leave her if she doesn’t agree to get treatment for her anorexia.  [Video]

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