Injury Prevention

Let Go of Stress to Dance Your Best

October 1, 2015 by

Active relaxation exercises release tension and speed muscle recovery.

Strange as it may seem, the missing ingredient of a dancer’s optimal performance is often rest. According to Kathleen Weber, consulting sports medicine physician at Hubbard … Continue reading

Healthy Hips, Happy Hips

September 1, 2015 by

Build strength, prevent injuries and maximize turnout.
Our hips are overachievers. They are the main source of turnout and the axis of all leg movement. Dancers work them hard. No one knows this better than Heather … Continue reading

Your Best Legs

April 29, 2015 by

Exercises for alignment, for all types of legs
It was August in New York City, and Paula Morgan was leading a body placement seminar at the 2014 Dance Teacher Summit. When someone asked for advice on … Continue reading

Your Best Feet

January 29, 2015 by

In 4 simple steps
It probably won’t surprise you that chiropractor Rachel Loeb often sees dancers make unsafe choices in the name of beautiful feet. While treating professionals in St. Louis, Missouri, she has seen stress … Continue reading

Safe, Sensational Flexibility

September 1, 2014 by

Effective alternatives to dangerous stretching practices 

There is a flexibility freak show going on in the dance world. Between out-of-this-world extensions on “So You Think You Can Dance” and a boundaries-pushing contemporary scene, it seems the … Continue reading

The Flexion Connection

August 1, 2014 by

Coaching dancers with poor spinal flexion
As a young competition dancer, Lauren Saglimbene struggled with spinal flexion, or the curving of the spine that contracts the front of the body and elongates the back. “My modern … Continue reading