In my daily practice as a physiotherapist I often have concerned parents asking me questions about:
- What their daughter should be eating?
- How to deal with a suspected eating disorder?
- How to cope with performance anxiety?
- How to best deal with physical injury?
- How to optimise performance in all areas?
- How to prevent injury?
- When is the right time to progress onto pointe?
I soon began to realise that while they usually have a vast source of knowledge, most dance teachers are far too busy to answer all of these questions from every student’s parents. In addition, there are many things that dancers’ parents need to know but often do not know they need to ask.
I wanted to create an easy-to-read resource to help parents understand some of the demands that are placed on young dancers, and how best to support them. I wanted to help provide guidance through difficult decision making, and provide options for often challenging situations and therefore The Perfect Pointe Parent’s Manual was created.