As a dancer, you know that injuries are supposed to just be a fact of life.
Like having to recover from dancing-induced damage is totally normal, and you’re told that you’ll be just fine if it happens to you.
But then it happens…
You’re told to “stay positive” and “you’ll be back in no time”.
They say, “you’re going to come back stronger”!
And you're like...
But is that really how injuries work? You brush off your feelings, stay optimistic, and abra-cadabra, you come back better than you ever were before in “no time” (whatever than means)!?
The reality is that injuries aren’t just an experience in which you can put on a good face, assume you'll be fine, and then expect to get over it with no problems.
If you're going through an injury right know you know...
That an injury can be shame-inducing and confidence-crushing.
It can make you question yourself and your future.
It can influence you to point where you feel worthless and unrecognizable to yourself.
It can make you feel isolated - as if no one understands or has ever gone through exactly what you’re going through!
Leaving you with approximately 0 answers to big questions THAT MATTER like...
- How do I know if I’m helping or hurting myself until it’s too late?
- What do I tell my teachers and directors? If I’m transparent will that help me or damage my career forever?
- How do I handle one more person coming up to me and asking when I’ll be back?
- So I’m a dancer, but I can’t really dance. What am I now, a couch potato?
- Is my negative mindset making the injury worse, or am I just superstitious?
- If I just push myself harder like those inspirational posts on Instagram tell me to do, will I really get better?
- If I just push through the pain, won’t I get stronger?
- Or is that going to cause permanent damage?
- If I just push through the pain, won’t I get stronger?
CAN SOMEONE JUST GIVE ME THE ANSWERS????????
Well the answer is finally YES!
If you have asked yourself even a quarter of those questions, the Come Back Stronger Course was designed specifically for you.
Because when you're injured, being confused about how to recover successfully isn't just tough emotionally. Being unclear can literally hinder your ability to fully recover, which can even jeopardize your future as a dancer.
Instead, how would you like to get clear on what you need to be doing and the frame of mind you need to have in order to successfully get back to the life you love?
This program is the only one of it's kind, developed by a dancer, for dancers who want solutions to the specific challenges and fears a dancer faces on their road to recovery.
Thousands of dancers face serious injuries every year - many only relying on a hope and prayer to get them through it.
Don't get me wrong, hopes and prayers are great! But without guidance and proven strategies for success, it's unlikely you'll make a strong come back, both emotionally and physically.
That's why the Come Back Stronger Course includes practical tips for physical recovery PLUS powerful mindset strategies that are designed to give you peace of mind and a healthy sense of self when your identity and life plans feel completely tossed out the window.
And since "coming back stronger" is even implied in the title of this program, you will also learn how to actually use your injury experience to grow mentally, physically, and artistically.
Together, we will swap the old story of doom and gloom for one defined by opportunity.
*All images by Jana Carson Photography (@janacarson)
But hold on, there's way more I want to give you!
When you enroll in the Come Back Stronger Course, you'll also get...
A comprehensive guide to the do's and don't's of recovery!
So often, dancers can feel paranoid that they are doing something wrong that will undermine their healing or ruin their careers, simply because we have traditionally been left to figure out so much of the process on our own! Now you have the chance to get clear on what to do and what to avoid, so you can eliminate unnecessary anxiety!
Instruction on how to use the mind/body connection to make use of your body's natural ability to heal. We will put the power of your mind to work!
Tips and templates for the tough conversations you have to have with teachers, your support system, and even doctors (you will learn how to advocate for yourself!).
Guidance on how to stay in shape, maintain a healthy relationship with food, and keep moving without hurting yourself.
Clear strategies for getting back in the studio without re-injuring yourself or your confidence.
Guidance on finding the balance between surrendering to the process and taking action/responsibility.
Coaching through the process of resolving your fears, insecurities, and emotions, and instruction on how to "stay positive" in a healthy, authentic way.
A safe space to go through the opportunity for self-discovery that an injury provides with a Mindset Coach and Board Certified Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming who knows how to take you from confusion and feeling stuck to confidently taking action towards the results you want.
Plus so much more! This course is referred to as a "comprehensive guide" for a reason!
Where education meets community.
In the Come Back Stronger Program, you will get all the guidance you’ve been scouring the internet for in one place that not only provides dancer-specific solutions, but an interactive CBS Facebook Community where you will get...
- Exclusive tips from me (Kirsten, the creator of this course)
- The ability to connect with fellow dancers from around the world in the CBS course
- Accountability as you make changes and take action
- The ability to ask questions when you really need advice from people who get it
- People to celebrate with you as you take the baby steps that can sometimes feel like giant leaps in your recovery!
The Come Back Stronger Program contains 5 Modules with, proven, step-by-step strategies to give you the answers to many common questions that arise during an injury, and guide you through the process of discovering the answers to the questions that you can only answer for yourself.
As a former professional dancer and Mindset Coach who has helped thousands of dancers online and dozens of clients one-on-one achieve their goals and find peace of mind through injuries like the one I suffered from for years, I have created this comprehensive, first-of-its-kind resource for YOU to get the support I so desperately longed for while I was in your shoes.
My name is Kirsten. I'm a Mindset Coach for dancers, ballet dancer (former pro), cat mom, Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming, and the creator of the YouTube channel, TwinTalksBallet. Whether on YouTube, in this course, one-on-one, or with a friend in open class, it is my mission to help dancers see that they are more than what their bodies can do, and that they have an incredible potential to unlock on the other side of fear-based thinking.
You’ll hear more of my story towards the end of the course, but for now, I’m so glad you’re here. I would say that I wish I had the contents of this course available to me at the start of 2017 when I began a struggle with a knee injury that seemed to take over my life for the entirety of the year. But hey, if I did know this stuff back then, chances are I wouldn’t appreciate it enough to be sharing it here with you.
These lessons are from my heart, learned through difficulty, education, and lots of research.
I wouldn’t have it any other way. 💕
"Injuries can be devastating for dancers, and very hard to deal with. But the Come Back Stronger course can transform how a dancer might deal with such a challenging time. It is so rare to find someone such as Kirsten who has been in our shoes firsthand who understands what it is like to be an injured dancer. The course is realistic and challenging but also incredibly supportive and comforting for dancers in what can be a very scary and stressful time. I often found myself smiling and nodding listening to Kirsten explain thoughts or feelings I experienced when I was injured, when at the time I thought I was all alone! The Come Back Stronger course provides so much mind-opening and valuable information that anyone can use not just for the process of overcoming one injury, but the rest of their lives. Kirsten delivers this information with such passion and care that it is impossible to not be inspired and interested by what she has to say. Thank you for all your hard work Kirsten!"
- Harper Banks, Trainee with Oklahoma City Ballet
"I have been dealing with difficult to diagnose and debilitating injuries for the last 3 years. I didn't realize the emotional toll that an injury can have on a dancer! I felt totally lost and alone in how to navigate these emotions. The come back stronger course helped me to find ways to organize my thoughts so that they could be helpful to me rather than harmful in my ongoing recovery. I also learned tools on how to communicate with doctors so that I can get the correct diagnosis and procedures. The Facebook group has also been so helpful to get advice from dancers who are going through similar things. I received the support and the knowledge I need to keep pushing through my injuries and eventually come back stronger!"
- Elizabeth Tanner, Dancer and Teacher
Frequently Asked Questions
So which track will you choose?
The Basic Program:
Enroll in the Standard version of the program to get access to all of the course content plus the exclusive community Facebook page where you can ask questions, meet fellow students, and get continued support through the entirety of your injury.
The Mindset Mastery Program:
*most recommended for dancers with recurring, chronic injuries
Enroll in the Mindset Mastery Program to get three, 75-minute private coaching calls with me in addition to getting access to everything the standard version of the program has to offer.
In our coaching calls, we will have the opportunity to partner together to..
Identify and resolve the specific negative emotions and limiting beliefs that are holding you back in your recovery and career.
Improve your sense of identity to instill more confidence and create habits that contribute to the results you desire.
Resolve inner conflict that could be leading to self sabotaging behavior and unnecessary stress.
Define what success looks like for you personally as you recover, create a personalized action plan to achieve it, and increase your confidence in the process.
If you are truly wondering if you should keep pushing or if this injury is a signal to move on from dance as you know it right now, I can guide you through the decision-making process to ensure that your choice is defined by your values and not by your fear.
When you enroll in the Mindset Mastery Program, you will also get recordings of each of our calls to revisit your insights whenever you'd like. PLUS, you will also get access to me via text messaging for accountability or any quick questions you might have about what to do in specific situations throughout your recovery.
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Enrolling in the Come Back Stronger Course is an investment that can easily pay for itself.
Imagine being able to avoid critical mistakes in your recovery process that could cost you hundreds of dollars in medical bills, tons of added stress, and weeks of your precious time!
Take it from me, invest in your success BEFORE you get desperate! Future you will thank me.
Trust me, an injury isn’t the time in life to fool yourself, thinking you’ll manage just fine alone. Coming back stronger from an injury does NOT happen by default or by accident. By enrolling in this interactive program, you can know for sure that you’re on the road to getting the best results possible for you.
Investing in yourself is worth every penny for the peace of mind that you’re helping yourself as much as you can during this critical time in your dance journey. But not just that, it’s even more worth the results you’ll get on the other side of these 5, jam-packed modules full of priceless information.
Are you ready to turn the story of your injury around from happening TO you to happening FOR you?
Will you step up your game and join the Come Back Stronger community?
If yes, congratulations!
I can't wait to see your relationship with yourself, your injury, and your trajectory get a massive upgrade!
*All images by Jana Carson Photography (@janacarson)
This program is NOT intended to replace the medical advice and care from a true medical doctor. This is a support and a resource for you to have a successful recovery, but this in no way fulfills your need to seek care from a qualified medical professional. Nothing stated in this program is to be construed as medical advice, and no advice given should substitute advice from your healthcare provider who knows you and has fully evaluated your condition.
This program is intended to fulfill your need for mentorship to guide you through the practical, social, professional, and physical challenges of an injury (especially as it pertains to restoring unity within the mind-body connection). It provides mindset coaching to get you into the action and attitude required for success. Lastly, CBSC provides a sense of community that many dancers lack throughout the injury recovery process. This program is intended to “fill the gaps” so to speak that are often left in a traditional approach to recovery of simply relying on doctors and other medical professionals to “fix you”.
Enrolling in this program will give you the ability to ask questions, interact, feel empowered, understood, supported, and encouraged, and clear up the common “gray areas” that many dancers face alone in recovery.
The Come Back Stronger Course is intended to beautifully complement your treatment plan with your medical health care provider, not replace it.