Welcome to the Dance Training Project

A blog on supplementary movement and strength training to support sustainable dancing

7 Rules For a Highly Effective Movement Practice

7 Rules For a Highly Effective Movement Practice

Once a week I get to work with the dancers of a post-secondary dance academy here in Toronto. The official class name is “conditioning”, but only because I didn’t come up with a name for the class fast enough when they asked me for one. If I had been on the ball, I...

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Learning to “Move Well”

If you have found my blog, and continue to read it regularly, then it is likely that you are on a journey similar to mine. But this is only an assumption. I can only tell you what my journey has been, and continues to be, and consider it highly probable that if my...

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IADMS 2016: A Ranty Recap

IADMS 2016: A Ranty Recap

Last weekend I was at the IADMS conference in Hong Kong to learn from and present to some of the smart people in the dance medicine and science world. In the picture you’re looking at myself in the middle, along with Lauren Warnecke from Chicago, of Art...

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Defining “Success” in Dance

Defining “Success” in Dance

“I don’t have time in my schedule to include cross-training and self-care.” Is this something you find yourself saying? Do you prioritize getting ahead in your dance training over taking care of yourself? Are these two things mutually exclusive? Or...

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When Our Bodies Can’t be Trusted

This isn’t a story relating directly to dancing, but it does relate to being a human, and since you’re one of those, too, I think you’ll find there’s something in this story for you. This is a story of a lady that I feel I failed, and my six weeks working with...

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The ¨Perfect¨ Ballet Body

I am no stranger to feeling badly about my body. I have struggled with low self-esteem and eating disorders. I once believed that to be successful in dance I needed to be thin, and spent more than 10 years hating my body, wishing I could change it. I thought I could...

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Foot and Ankle Mechanics in the Single Leg Deadlift

Foot and Ankle Mechanics in the Single Leg Deadlift

I love single leg deadlifts. I love airplaning and all it’s variations. I can never remember exactly which warrior variation this is in yoga (is it 3?) but I think it is great, ass-burny fun. Let’s talk a bit more about ankle and foot mechanics during the...

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Re-Framing Injury Prevention for Dancers

Re-Framing Injury Prevention for Dancers

“I can’t believe I’ve never even thought about this before… But it makes so much sense!” The response of one dance-parent in a conversation we had following my “injury prevention” seminar at the Canadian Dance Expo this week. Yes, I had the honour of speaking on...

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