ON DANCE INJURY AWARENESS and PREVENTION

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I see a lot while I’m traveling and I get a lot of notes from parents that concern me. A lot of dance injuries (some of them serious) are occurring that do not need to happen. This is a plea to please treat young bodies with the care they deserve. Get the proper training from knowledgable teachers and don’t encourage things on stage or in the studio that the body is not trained to do. You have plenty of time. Don’t rush it.

If you do have a serious injury, don’t jump right into surgery. First seek diagnosis from a physician, physical therapist, and coaches/trainers who understand dance injuries specifically. Based on my experience we need a LOT more education on injury prevention, proper training methodologies, developmentally appropriate choreography, and understanding of kinesthetics and anatomy.

We are the teachers and the directors entrusted with the care of these young bodies and minds. When we don’t know what we need to know, let’s seek out the knowledge from those who do. Our egos should NEVER get in the way of seeking and sharing expertise. Busy professional and personal lives should never be an excuse to not make the health of our dancers the top priority.

 

Hustle, Don’t Hurry.

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Many of the greatest artists throughout history were not discovered one day and judged to be successful the next. Most struggled, some until the very end of their life. They really knew struggle. In some ways it defined their life and informed the brilliant work that they created. It has been said that if you haven’t struggled for it, you don’t appreciate it in the same way. Based on my own life experience, I agree.
Time is the ultimate judge of greatness. So if you have a true love for dance, or whatever it is that breathes life into your soul and makes your heart beat faster, give it everything you have and share it, no matter the size of your audience. If you have inspired even one, you have used your gift, and you’ve made a contribution to a world that needs you. And if you give your gift generously, you will likely impact multitudes over time, receiving far more than you ever gave.
One of the greatest myths of our time is that if don’t ‘make it’ early or instantly, you won’t at all. NOTHING could be farther from the truth. Follow it, live it, share it. Everything that is worthwhile is worth waiting for.

Which Way, Dance?

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Just like humanity as a whole, dance is at a crossroads.

Preserving tradition while pursuing progress is a challenge demanding our collective intellectual and spiritual energy.  Wisdom and fairness must guide us in choosing what we keep and what we change.

Concert dance (ballet, modern, and contemporary) has a rich history full of beauty but steeped in elitism. Unlike its exclusive past, dance is now popular and accessible in ways never imagined, but sometimes at the expense of the art form’s creative integrity and educational value.

The urgent task of our time, as we see it, is embracing the exciting opportunities the modern era presents, preserving and honoring dance history and its trailblazers to inform our contemporary practice, and offering opportunities that maintain a level of excellence available to any person who hungers to participate – all to usher in a sustainable future.  This is our vision. This is our purpose. This is our commitment.

This belief drives us to continue building a movement helping to shape the future for current and future generations of dancers and their audiences.  We invite you to join the conversation and engage by doing your part. Along with social media, we are excited about the launch of our new website which will connect you to our programs, events, and ideas.  The future will be determined by what we do today. Choose and act wisely.