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Category: Bryant’s Dance Medicine and Science

Snapping Hip Syndrome

Snapping Hip Syndrome

photo credit: Dr. Nabil Ebraheim by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Hello, Readers! After a 6-month hiatus whilst organizing a move to the UK for a new teaching post, Bryant’s Dance Medicine and Science continues with a ‘taster’ article […]

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Safely Increasing Range of Motion or Never, EVER Stretch a Cold Muscle

Safely Increasing Range of Motion or Never, EVER Stretch a Cold Muscle

by Janine Bryant for the Dance Journal In this next installment, we will connect the idea of aging well and dance career longevity to current studio practices. The idea that, what we do now in the dance studio directly affects […]

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The Aging Dancer – Part 3 – A Global Survey

The Aging Dancer – Part 3 – A Global Survey

By Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Dancers are obedient, generous and driven people! The determination and focus required to succeed is parallel to that required of elite athletes.  However, the added pressure of meeting an ever-expanding aesthetic can place […]

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The Aging Dancer – Part 2 – What is Glycation?

The Aging Dancer – Part 2 – What is Glycation?

by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Classical ballet dancers work in a community permeated by a culture of ‘youthful aging’. In the social world of ballet, as in many athletic sports, a thirty-year old is perceived as ‘old’. Even […]

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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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