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Get help if needed

If you see signs of an eating disorder in a child speak with the student or their parents and help them find a qualified health professional....

Consider clothing

Tight-fitting dance clothing can have a negative effect on self-esteem. Instead, consider allowing children to wear clothing of their own choosing that they are comfortable with. Provide a wide range of options are available (e.g., long sleeves/short sleeves, cross-overs, looser fitting warm up gear). It...

Spend time away from the mirror

Mirrors can be a great teaching tool, but they can also create self-surveillance and negative self-talk for dancers if they are constantly looking at themselves in a mirror. Consider how much you need to use mirrors in your dance class and consider covering them up...

Attitude matters

Always be understanding, caring and think of things from the child’s perspective. Don’t give children negative feedback on their physique or weight....