Dancer Health
Sebastian Grubb (right) runs Sebastian's Functional Fitness in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Grubb

From improved aerobic capacity to better reactivity, cross-training can to do wonders for dancers' health and performance. But with the abundance of exercise programs available, how do you get your dancers on the right routine?

Sebastian Grubb, a San Francisco–based fitness trainer and professional dancer, shares three questions to ask as you consider different cross-training options.

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Dance News
Panelists (left to right): Emily Nusbaum, Eric Kupers, Judith Smith, Deborah Karp and Suzanna Curtis. Photo by Aiano Nakagawa, courtesy of Luna Dance Institute

This past Saturday, I visited Luna Dance Institute in Berkeley, California, to attend the Dance & Disability Discourse & Panel—a discussion with five artists, educators and researchers about access and equity for disabled students in dance education. Here are three statements from the discussion that I found eye-opening.

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Dancer Health
Sebastian Grubb runs Sebastian's Functional Fitness in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Grubb

Fitness trainer, professional dancer and cross-training expert Sebastian Grubb weighs in on why it's essential for dancers to build their upper-body strength.

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Participants in the Croi Glan Integrated Dance Training Workshop improvise a "satellite score." Photo by Rachel Caldwell

I recently had the pleasure of attending, not one, but two workshops on teaching integrative dance. The first was a six-day intensive in February with Cork, Ireland–based Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company. The second was a three-hour workshop last night with Oakland, California–based AXIS Dance Company. Both companies are made up of dancers with and without physical disabilities. In these workshops, I learned tools for teaching dance to physically and intellectually disabled populations. Here are some of the do's and don'ts.

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AXIS dancers Nick Brentley and Dwayne Scheuneman

To honor the 25-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, mixed-ability dance companies AXIS Dance Company and Heidi Latsky Dance present a multimedia dance/art installation and three choreographic works at the NYU Skirball Center on November 15. A walk-through lobby installation, On Display, features the differently abled company dancers donning high-fashion clothing against a backdrop of film and music. AXIS Dance Company will present works by Marc Brew and Joe Goode alongside Heidi Latsky Dance’s piece about isolation, Somewhere, following the installation.

Photo by David DeSilva, courtesy of AXIS Dance Company

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