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Articles By: Janine Bryant

Does the World Need Dance Medicine and Science?

Does the World Need Dance Medicine and Science?

by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Dancers are a hearty breed!  They endure both physical and psychological demands as a result of years of intense training, performance pressure and anatomical wear and tear largely dependent on the specific requirements of their respective genres.  Dancers, however, […]

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Turn Out Tune Up – About External Rotation

Turn Out Tune Up – About External Rotation

  by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Photo:   ballettuni.com The activity of turning out or, external hip rotation, is one that is highly desired by dancers of every genre at one time or another, but especially by dancers of […]

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SMFR:  The Benefits of Self-Myofascial Release for Dancers

SMFR: The Benefits of Self-Myofascial Release for Dancers

photo:  benefit.com Ask any dancer what is their single most important technical goal and most will reply with the word ‘freedom’ ; freedom to move as they need to as artist- athletes.  The concept of freedom of movement though is as […]

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Tap Talk:  Training, Warm Up and Injury Prevention

Tap Talk: Training, Warm Up and Injury Prevention

      by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal photo: thedancersshop.com Tap Dance is unique, percussive, rhythmic and entertaining! Tap dancers are incredibly adept at articulating their lower extremity joints in ways that are specific to the genre. The […]

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Report from the Field:  The International Association of Dance Medicine and Science 24th Annual Meeting

Report from the Field: The International Association of Dance Medicine and Science 24th Annual Meeting

by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Greetings, Dance Community! I am pleased to share news from the field acquired at the 24th Annual Meeting of the *International Association of Dance Medicine and Science held in October 2014 in Basel, […]

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Balancing the Imbalances – Muscles, Memory and Motion

Balancing the Imbalances – Muscles, Memory and Motion

  photo: pilatespatio.BlogSpot.com by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal It’s an important relationship – the one that exists between your agonists (the muscles responsible for a specific movement) and antagonists (the muscles that oppose that same movement).  An imbalance between the two […]

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Rest and Recovery for the Dancer-Athlete

Rest and Recovery for the Dancer-Athlete

photo:  cafepress.com by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Most high-level athletes know that adequate rest after performance is essential to recovery and regeneration.  However, many still overtrain or feel guilty when they take the day off and dancers are […]

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What, When and How:  First Aid for Dancers

What, When and How: First Aid for Dancers

photo credit:  dancevox.com by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal A day in the life of a dancer can be intense and fast-paced. In the course of just one day, dancers can go from class to rehearsal, to another class […]

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Food for Thought – Fueling the Dancer – Focus on Hydration

Food for Thought – Fueling the Dancer – Focus on Hydration

by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal To perform at their best, dancers need to be well fueled for classes, rehearsals, and performances and need the right balance of carbohydrate, fat, protein, micronutrients, and fluids. {1} Spending the day in […]

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Some points on pointe – What the Experts Have to Say…

Some points on pointe – What the Experts Have to Say…

by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal graphic: infographiclist.com Dancers know their bodies. We understand the pain tolerance required to move beyond normal ranges of motion into areas non-dancers just can’t even fathom going with their bodies. Like athletes (because […]

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