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Articles By: Janine Bryant

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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Conditioning and Cross-training For Dancers

Conditioning and Cross-training For Dancers

  Photo: jillfit.com by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Besides helping you nail more athletic choreography, cross-training can help reduce fatigue and injuries while improving the muscular shape of your body. {2} The idea of cross-training may be new to […]

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Fascia, flexibility and fasciitis – some basic information regarding plantar fasciitis

Fascia, flexibility and fasciitis – some basic information regarding plantar fasciitis

Photo: aidmyplantar.com by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Almost one million Americans are affected by plantar faciitis (PF), which is the most common cause of chronic heel pain. {1} You could think of the plantar fascia as a strap […]

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Is your psoas just so-so? Understanding the Role of the Dancer’s Muscle

Is your psoas just so-so? Understanding the Role of the Dancer’s Muscle

by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal When audiences see movement performed that appears to require very little effort on the part of the dancer, it is often because the dancer was able to generate the movement efficiently.  Understanding how […]

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