Ballet dancer

Retired Isle of Wight Royal Ballet dancer launches new app for dancers

Image courtesy of Barney Finch

A free mobile phone app, which aims to help dancers stay physically and mentally fit, has been launched by Isle of Wight resident, psychotherapist and retired Royal Ballet dancer Terry Hyde.

Launched during World Wellness Week, the Help4Dancers app, available to download now from Apple and Google Play stores, gives dancers access to a professional program of exercise and meditation videos, strength training and conditioning, Pilates with professional coaches, injury prevention, health quizzes, and advice from psychotherapists and dance-related counselors on many aspects of mental health.

It aims to help dancers build their resilience to the stresses and strains of dance training and performance.

Terry started ballet lessons at just six years old. He received a five-year scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dance in London and attended the Royal Ballet Senior School. He then joined the Royal Ballet, followed by a stint with London’s Festival Ballet (English National Ballet) as a soloist. After five years he turned to musical theatre, performing in London’s West End, in film and on television.

Terry Hyde MA MBACP, Founder of Counseling for Dancers, said:

“During the pandemic dancers have lacked training and in-person performance and unfortunately I have seen an increase in clients asking for my help. Due to my own experiences as a performer, I can bring a real understanding of the unique demands placed on dancers, from body image and intimidation to hearing anxiety.

Terry, who has hosted free online wellness sessions for performing artists throughout the pandemic, has been working on the app for six months. He believes the app will help dancers further their careers, stay mentally and physically fit, and prepare them for live performances and in-person lessons.

Help4Dancers attendees 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 Sam Smith, Rod Stewart and David Guetta; Isabella Gasparini, soloist of the Royal Ballet; Tomorr Kokona, coach and mentor and former international arts professional; Ballet physiotherapist Luke Abnett who spent six years caring for students at the Royal Ballet School, Mikko Nissenen, artistic director of the Boston Ballet Company and School and Irish professional 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, tap, hip hop, ballroom and South Asian dance.