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May 9, 2019

Shelly Power is the executive director of the Pennsylvania Ballet. Previously she was the CEO and artistic director of the Prix de Lausanne and the administrative and artistic director of Houston Ballet Academy. While in Houston, Shelly instituted one of the most integral mental health programs in a ballet school with Minding the Gap senior advisor Dr. Brian Goonan.

A few weeks ago, I walked into a meeting with my senior team and said, “I am depleted, I don’t think I can make another decision right now.” We had just finished a huge project and I am fortunate to be in a space with that team where I can say this, and that’s okay. Those kinds of statements are honest responses and leaders need to be able to have those moments just like everybody else. 

It is imperative that the dance community continue to do a better job of addressing mental health. But this effort must be directed at the whole of an organization, including from the top down. Leadership needs the opportunity to make good-fa...

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