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The Importance of Stretching

Over the years I’ve discovered that different dance studios have varying approaches to stretching. While most do require dancers to stretch, more often than not they ask students to do so prior to actually dancing and the amount of stretching done varies considerably. In all cases, the stretching almost always gets done when the dancer’s body is cold. Plus, teachers’ knowledge base about anatomy, flexibility, injuries, and good exercise habits tends to be…well…less than I’d expect, especially at the professional division levels.

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Pilates Joint Stabilizer

Before you attempt to lift, or push, or pull heavy loads, the major joints of the body must be stabilized.

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The Spine

Core training has recently become trendy, but it has actually been around for many years.The technique, which focuses and strengthens the pelvic floor and the transverse abdominal muscles, is one of the most beneficial aspects of spinal stability.  In my 18 years as a rehabilitation therapist, I have used Pilates (a type of core training), to help hundreds of clients with scoliosis (a curvature of the spine), kyphosis (a rounding of the upper back), lordosis (an extreme arch in the lower back), herniations (a bulging of a disc either anterior or posterior), and S.I. joint instability (an over stretched ligament of the sacrum).

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How to Avoid Negative Self-Talk in Your Dance Students

Dancers spend a huge amount of time in front of mirrors looking at themselves critically. It’s rare for them to admire themselves or engage in positive self talk while they take class or rehearse. It’s more common for them to find fault or to compare themselves to others and see themselves lacking as they look at their reflection. This negative self talk, while partly meant as a means to improve their dance technique, often results in decreased self-esteem and a general sense of discouragement about their own level of performance and ability.

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Jealousy And Its Repercussions!

As teachers, we are constantly dealing with all types of personalities and issues that arise when young people are doing something as a group. Each age group has its own set of problems that need to be addressed from time to time but in my experience; one of the biggest issues that can arise among young dancers is jealousy. They become jealous of each other because they perceive that a teacher is favoring a particular dancer or because they think that they are not as attractive perhaps, or sometimes it can be for a reason that has absolutely nothing to do with dance but manifests itself in that environment.

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Pointe Work Injury Prevention

There are a variety of ways to prevent injuries for dancers on pointe. Much of it is common sense but it is also helpful to have a checklist of things that are important for a dancer to remember when they are using pointe shoes. It is easy to forget and often dancers sustain injuries unnecessarily because they lose focus of the ways that will prevent these injuries and so I have found that by giving my dancers this checklist they can look at it and it serves as a reminder of ways to help them out. 

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The Spine

Core training has recently become trendy, but it has actually been around for many years.The technique, which focuses and strengthens the pelvic floor and the transverse abdominal muscles, is one of the most beneficial aspects of spinal stability.  In my 18 years as a rehabilitation therapist, I have used Pilates (a type of core training), to help hundreds of clients with scoliosis (a curvature of the spine), kyphosis (a rounding of the upper back), lordosis (an extreme arch in the lower back), herniations (a bulging of a disc either anterior or posterior), and S.I. joint instability (an over stretched ligament of the sacrum).

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