So how do Whim W’Him‘s dancers cope with pain?
It’s a balancing act, literally and figuratively.
Says Thomas Phelan, “I’ve obviously discussed pain a lot while dancing. For example, when I’m having my students hold the splits and they complain, ‘This hurts.’
I always respond with ‘Yeah, no kidding. We’re pulling your legs in complete opposite directions!!’ I’m not sure dancers are people with initially higher pain tolerance than others, I think dancers are just realists. We have to learn the difference between performance pain and injury pain. We know that pain is inevitable in this life.