What is The Dance Training Project?

Making movement sensors look good.

Want STRONGER dance technique

 A LONGER dance career

Less frequent INJURIES?

You’ve come to the right place.

If you’ve found this site then I can guess that…

a) You are a dancer looking for ways to improve your technique and prevent injuries

b) You are a dancer that has already had a few nasty injuries and you’re ready to do something to prevent this from happening again and dance stronger than ever

c) You’re a teacher, parent, or dance wellness professional looking for ways to help dancers learn best-practices for career longevity and injury prevention.


How The Dance Training Project Can Help

I’m a huge believer that for dancers to perform their best for as long as they wish they need a solid understanding on the importance of strength training and strategies to unwind from dance training- Things that aren’t generally taught in the studio.

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 Why Strength Train?

  • Increased core strength
  • Improved mobility and flexibility
  • Reduced injury rate
  • Improved posture and alignment
  • Ability to break through training plateaus that more dancing can’t help with

YES to cross-training!

The role of cross-training in the dancer’s career is often over-looked, and contributes to the alarmingly high injury rate in the industry.

The Dance Training Project offers strength training courses and programs to help dancers perform the  increasingly challenging choreography of the 21st century, and break through technical plateaus.

I write the DTP blog to help you get the most out of your cross-training efforts by keeping you up to date with what happening in the world of the dance sciences, strength and conditioning, and with my own dance clients.

To kick you off on your journey to becoming a dancing machine, I’ve put together a list of my 13 favourite resources- books, published articles, etc- to help you make the informed choices that will add years to your dance career. Click the button below and I’ll send it right to your inbox.


About Monika Volkmar


The Dance Training Project was founded by Monika Volkmar, a graduate of Ryerson University’s dance program, certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, Functional Movement Screen (FMS) certified, level 2 NeuroKinetic Therapy practitioner, Anatomy in Motion trained practitioner, and Thai massage therapist (at Bahn Thai Spa in Toronto). After a string of injuries forcing Monika to temporarily stop dancing, she became immersed in the world of strength and conditioning, injury prevention, movement training, and Thai massage. Since then, Monika takes great happiness in helping dancers develop strength and knowledge that will help them to have long, successful dance careers with fewer injuries. Monika also writes a the column “Balance” regularly for just dance! magazine.


Join the Dance Stronger Community

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Dance Stronger is a complete why-t0 and how-to multimedia resource for dancers who want to start strength training, available completely by donation (because I know not all dancers have the money to hire a trainer or even join an online program).

Dance Stronger is a 150 page ebook, 4 weeks training program, and supportive online community created with the goal of helping you get strong and move pain-free to support your dancing with fewer injuries.

Read more and see what other people are saying about Dance Stronger…

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Hang out with me on social media for more fun:

Facebook fan page

Twitter: @monikavolkmar

Instagram: @monvolkmar


Features and Interviews:

Interview on the Eat Well Move Well podcast With Galina and Roland Denzel

Interview on the Dancepreneuring Studio podcast with Annette Bone

On Deadlifts and Dance- Interview with Khalida Bech

Healthy Dancer Canada conference speaker 2013 (Toronto) and 2014 (Vancouver)

Elephant Journal feature: Why I Don’t Do Yoga

Guest article for joelminden.com: Where Are Your Glutes, Really?

Interview on Evi-Dance Radio, with Ted Fox

Feature on the Dancers of Toronto Blog, with Nikki Johnston

Interview on Irish Central, with Christy Dorrity

Summer Strength Training for Dancers- Article for Dance Advantage  

What are you waiting for? Get my top 13 dance resources list, and I’ll also keep you in the loop on all things related to strength training for dancers. I think you’ll enjoy these tools that will help you #DanceStronger