A free mobile phone app, which aims to help dancers keep physically and mentally fit has been launched by Isle of Wight resident, psychotherapist and retired Royal Ballet dancer, Terry Hyde.
Launched during World Wellbeing Week, the Help4Dancers app, which can be downloaded now from both the Apple and Google Play stores, provides dancers with access to a professional programme of exercise and meditation videos, strength and conditioning sessions, Pilates with professional coaches, injury prevention, health questionnaires and advice from dance-related psychotherapists and counsellors on many aspects of mental health.
It aims to help dancers build resilience from the stresses and strains of dance training and performance.
Terry started ballet classes at just six years old. He was awarded a five-year scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dance in London and attended The Royal Ballet Senior School. He later joined The Royal Ballet followed by a move to London’s Festival Ballet (English National Ballet) as a soloist. After five years, he moved to musical theatre, performing in London’s West End, Film and TV.
Terry Hyde MA MBACP, founder of Counselling for Dancers, said:
“During the pandemic, dancers have been missing in-person training and performing and sadly, as a result, I have seen an increase in clients seeking my help. Because of my own experiences as a performer, I can bring a genuine understanding of the unique demands that are placed on dancers, from body image and bullying to audition anxiety.”
Terry, who has been running free online wellbeing sessions for those in the performing arts throughout the pandemic, has been working on the app for the last six months. He feels the app will help dancers to continue their career, keep mentally and physically fit and prepare them for live performances and in-person classes.
Help4Dancers participants can join pre-recorded sessions with a host of professional dancers and practitioners including director and choreographer, Brendon Hansford who has shared his skills with the likes of Sam Smith, Rod Stewart and David Guetta; Isabella Gasparini, soloist with The Royal Ballet; Tomorr Kokona, coach and mentor and former international arts professional; Ballet physio Luke Abnett who spent six years treating students at The Royal Ballet School, Mikko Nissenen, artistic director of The Boston Ballet Company and School and professional Irish dancer and pilates teacher Joe Duffey (Riverdance/Lord of the Dance/Broadway).
Help4Dancers, which has been designed for professional and student dancers as well as parents and teachers, is available for all dance styles including Ballet, Irish Dance, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballroom and South Asian Dance.