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Category: Bryant’s Dance Medicine and Science

The Aging Dancer – A Three-Part Series

The Aging Dancer – A Three-Part Series

  photo credit: feedthebeauty.com By Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal The dancer-athlete is susceptible to the same wear and tear on the body as an athlete who participates in competition sport.  Dancers, like athletes, suffer from repetitive motion strains, […]

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Imagery in Dance– Using the Mental ‘Zone’ to Visualize, Optimize and Maximize

Imagery in Dance– Using the Mental ‘Zone’ to Visualize, Optimize and Maximize

by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Movement artists and athletes alike report entering a place in their minds, sometimes referred to as ‘the zone’, during creative or sport performance. This mysterious place is different for each individual and can […]

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Pelvic Alignment – Part Two – To Tilt or Not to Tilt?

Pelvic Alignment – Part Two – To Tilt or Not to Tilt?

  photo:  easyflexibility.com by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal All dancers know that skeletal alignment or, more accurately, making the desired shape, is a highly sought after skill toward which every dancer works in their technique classes and in the rehearsal […]

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Pelvic Alignment:  Palpations, Projections and Positioning – A Journey Toward Neutral

Pelvic Alignment: Palpations, Projections and Positioning – A Journey Toward Neutral

by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Perhaps one of the most challenging tasks faced by dancers everywhere is to truly understand one’s individual pelvic alignment tendencies.  Is my pelvis too far forward (anterior tilt), or is it too far […]

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The Perils and Pitfalls of Overtraining

The Perils and Pitfalls of Overtraining

photo credit:  fitonlinenow.com by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal It’s performance season. You are in heavy rehearsals, possibly taking extra classes or supplementing your daily routine with extra work for a specific role, and generally working your body harder […]

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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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