I would very much like to go back eight months in time and beg that naive version of myself to meet with a physical therapist before diving back into rigorous training. How I’m moving forward while managing an injury is this month’s topic.
I’m ready to start auditioning, and hoping that someone will take a chance on me. This month I’m sharing a bit about my process for finding auditions, submitting self-tapes and taking advantage of networking opportunities without an agent.
With the stressors of the pandemic still lingering more than one year later, self-care is, rightfully, a priority for everyone right now. But dancers have always known the importance of keeping their bodies and minds as healthy as possible. After all, your body is your instrument, and as we make our long-awaited returns to the […]
Health, as a state of balanced being, encompasses the physical, mental and emotional realms of our livelihood. As a dietitian for dancers, my expertise focuses on using food as a tool to enhance performance and health. And while most dancers work with me to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, what is healthy for one […]
Dancin Power’s first student refused to dance. Morg’Ann was a teenager with a chronic illness who had been in the hospital for three months. “She looked at me and said, ‘I’m not going to dance; I’m in a wheelchair,’ ” remembers Dancin Power founder Vania Deonizio. But Deonizio is not one to give up. She […]
Injury prevention is crucial for dancers. But compared to the resources focusing on dance styles like ballet, modern and contemporary, guidance for dancers specializing in percussive forms—for example, tap, flamenco or kathak—is arguably less common. What kinds of injuries tend to affect these dancers, and how can they be avoided? What Are the Most Common […]
From barre classes to fitness influencers and athleisure outfits, the concept of “wellness” has fully taken over the cultural zeitgeist—and infiltrated the dance world. But wellness is more than just celery juice and healing crystals. It’s a multi-trillion-dollar industry that’s helping people live healthier lives, and putting dancers in a unique position to capitalize on […]
Simone Messmer was 19 the first time she used cocaine. She was at another company’s gala when someone pulled out a bag of the white powder. There, at the coat check counter, party guests took turns snorting the drug. “I was hesitant, but at the time I was willing to try anything once,” she says. […]