March 2021
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Sharing our stories and experiences have the potential to connect us to a larger community and a shared purpose. We strive to change the narrative around eating disorders in dance. Our individual experiences, woven together, create a beautiful tapestry called, OUR story. Stories have the power to teach, heal and connect. Our goal with this series is to raise awareness of the struggles related to disordered eating, weight and body image perception, and mental health issues in the dance community by initiating meaningful conversations and destigmatizing this prevalent experience. 
How to participate:  

  • Be a guest on Instagram LIVE.

  • Write your story for us to share on our blog (you can remain anonymous).

Keep scrolling to see our first two Share my Story Interviews

To learn more!
Important Message from our Founder
Dancing into the future

Happy Spring, everyone!

As many of you know, I started Dancing with ED, Inc. in 2013 because I noticed a pressing need to create a safe space for dancers, parents, and teachers, where they can learn and talk about eating disorders as well as gain the support they need through resources and a sense of community. I had just recovered from my eating disorder and discovered my true purpose in dance, which is to share my story and what I’ve learned over the past 20 years about eating disorders, recovery, and mental health.

Now, eight years later, through a lot of hard work and dedication, I’ve created a space where I can merge Dancing with ED with my work as a Mental Health Educator, Speaker, and Suicide Prevention Trainer and Consultant. I feel that the services I offer the mental health sector are needed in the dance community, and combining my work will allow me to broaden my reach and help more people.

You won’t see any changes initially, but there is a lot happening behind the scenes and I promise to keep you updated. Our current projects and website will continue, as well our social media platforms. The Stages of Change: A Dancer’s Body Journey Dance Show will be back, along with the workshops, and other activities that I know everyone was really excited about. Dancing with ED will also continue to share resources both on the website and in our quarterly newsletter.

The mission of Dancing with ED remains to raise awareness of eating disorders in the dance community, inspire dancers to love and care for their bodies, as well as share our message: you don't have to dance through this alone.

Stay tuned for more news updates!

Dancing in Recovery,

Amy Kathleen Lee
Change the Narrative

An interview with Amy Kathleen Lee about her experience with the Share My Story Initiative

These past few months have been an exciting chapter in the legacy of Dancing with ED as we have explored the impact of sharing our stories on recovery, our connections with others, and our
communities’ view of eating disorders. I had the privilege of interviewing Amy Kathleen Lee, the founder of Dancing With ED, in
preparation for this series. We discussed her journey through her trials as a pre-professional ballet dancer to her present work as a mental health educator. She now uses her story to destigmatize eating disorders, educate communities about their prevalence, and most
importantly, create relationships with dancers so that no one has to struggle alone. I hope to provide you with the gold nuggets of our conversation with the intent to communicate the positive effects of sharing your story and perhaps encourage you to open up about your own.
Amy began by explaining how her story has morphed over time. She said that with each recounting of her journey, she discovers a new layer of significance that helps her to comb out both the contributors to her condition and the crucial moments of healing throughout her life.

Share my Story interviews

Interview w/ Taylor
For the first installment of the “Share My Story” series, Amy Kathleen Lee, the founder of Dancing with ED, spoke with a former ballet dancer, Taylor Ferreira. Taylor is a current student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is studying nutrition in hopes of becoming a Registered Dietitian. Here is a conversation about eating disorder recovery, the impact of sharing your story, and the importance of validation within the process of healing.

Interview w/ Corrine
In our second interview, Amy interviewed Corine Haas, Author, Intuitive Coach & Healer, and former ballerina. Corinne trained and performed with companies including Lines Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and the San Francisco Opera Ballet. In this conversation, Cory is shares her personal experiences to shed light on eating disorders in ballet and to encourage other dancers to know they are not alone. Learn more
Mental Health in Dance
Dance Magazine Article

This article shares valuable insight for dancers, parents, teachers and directors to better address mental health struggles in dance.
Why Are We Still So Bad At Addressing Dancers' Mental Health?

Kathleen McGuire Jul 27, 2017
Mental Health Resources

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.

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