Psychology is key to finding next Darcey Bussell
By Louise Jury, Arts Correspondent
Published: 03 February 2006
British ballet should adopt psychological performance techniques used by the country's sporting elite to help find the new generation of Darcey Bussells.
Up-to-date training could help Britain to overcome the dearth of home-grown stars in its main companies where Russians, eastern Europeans, Spaniards and Cubans have taken many of the best jobs in recent years, insiders said.
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Assis Carreiro, the director of DanceEast who organised the conference, said ballet had much to learn from sports science. But she also admitted that ballet was producing too many dancers. "So many young people are graduating, there aren't enough jobs," she said. "There are a large percentage who don't make it and how do we look after them? We don't want them to go away feeling terrible."