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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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The “Strong Side” Myth

“I thought this was my strong leg, so why does it hurt? Why does it feel so weak?” J, K, and S are three clients of mine. Each of them have a preferred leg to stand on. For J and K it is the right, and for S it is the left. We will call this their dominant leg. Their...

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More Information Won’t Change The Way We Dance

More Information Won’t Change The Way We Dance

The Dance Training Project blog has evolved over the years I’ve been writing it. This blog started as a means to teach myself when I had no teachers. I started working as a personal trainer the day I finished university. I didn’t know what I was doing, but...

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Should You Use Static Stretching to Improve Flexibility?

Should You Use Static Stretching to Improve Flexibility?

Flexibility: For such an important aspect of being a dancer you can count the number of articles I’ve written about stretching on one hand: Stop Stretching Your Hamstrings So Much Stretches You need to stop doing Volume 1 Stretches You Need to Stop Doing Volume 2 5...

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Anatomy in Motion: Bet You Can’t Take it Just Once!

Anatomy in Motion: Bet You Can’t Take it Just Once!

Read THIS BLOG POST  if you want a bit more background on what Anatomy in Motion is, and my experience with the course the first time around. Yep, I did it again. I got #shiftphased for a second time. In other words, I spent last week studying the human body in motion...

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Zen in the Art of HardStyle Swings

Zen in the Art of HardStyle Swings

If you recall THIS blog post from a few months ago, then you are aware that I’ve been taking a break from “exercise”. This break from exercise was to re-evaluate my relationship with it by choosing only to do what felt like “movement”, or...

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Dance Like a Human (part 3): Movement Variability

Dance Like a Human (part 3): Movement Variability

Read part 1 here. Read part 2 here. And welcome to part 3. In my mission to be more concise, let us get right to the point. Today we’ll be talking about movement variability. Movement variability means having options. But not too many options—>  ...

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