Dance Matters: Dance Heals All
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal is expanding the scope of its artistic activities with some outside-the-box thinking: using dance as an activity to improve the quality of people’s health. On April 23, LGBCM officially announced the creation of the world’s first National Centre for Dance Therapy, in partnership with health and higher-education institutions in Quebec. “We’re increasing our outreach, bridging the health and arts sectors,” says LGBCM executive director Alain Dancyger.
At left: Photo by Marie-Reine Mattera, design by Upperkut, Courtesy LGBCM.
Canada has few accredited dance therapists, and those that are, were certified through American Dance Therapy Association programs. The new center offers three interconnected services: dance/movement therapy, clinical research, and a graduate-level degree training program in dance therapy. The company is partnering with New York’s 92Y Harkness Dance Center and licensing its ADTA-certification curriculum.
This September, the first 20 students will be selected. Candidates must either be enrolled in an MA program, or have five years’ professional dance experience—a requirement that, Dancyger says, is likely to provide new job opportunities for professional dancers transitioning out of performing careers. Three intensive three-week training sessions at LGBCM’s Montreal-based studios will start in July 2014, continuing over an 18-month period. A multitude of employment possibilities will await graduates, both at the center and within the health care system.
The first phase of pilot research projects, pegged at $285,000 (Canadian), is funded by Quebec’s Ministry of Health and Social Services. The new center has teamed up with Concordia University’s PERFORM Centre, a clinical research facility promoting healthy living, to study whether dance can improve physical and cognitive health in elderly populations. Other studies could involve children with physical or sensory deficiencies, as well as research with cancer patients.
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The University of Arizona, located in the heart of Tucson, acclimates dancers to the pace and rigor of company life while offering all the academic opportunities of a globally-ranked university. If you're looking to get a head-start on your professional dance career—or to just have a college experience that balances company-level training and repertory with rigorous academics—the University of Arizona's undergraduate and graduate programs have myriad opportunites to offer:
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We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.
Ah, stretching. It seems so simple, and is yet so complicated.
For example: You don't want to overstretch, but you're not going to see results if you don't stretch enough. You want to focus on areas where you're tight, but you also can't neglect other areas or else you'll be imbalanced. You were taught to hold static stretches growing up, but now everyone is telling you never to hold a stretch longer than a few seconds?
Considering how important stretching correctly is for dancers, it's easy to get confused or overwhelmed. So we came up with 10 common stretching scenarios, and gave you the expert low-down.