Blog Posts on Movement Quality

Tales From the Dance Academy (part 3)

Click here to read part 1. Click here to read part 2. Things are getting a little chaotic at the dance school. Students are in full on rehearsal mode for an upcoming show at the end of February and their schedule is getting intense. In teaching this class, one of my...

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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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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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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

“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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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

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

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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Dance Like a Human (part 2): Do You Even Shift?

 Reclaiming the Frontal Plane for Dummies (for Dancers) I’d first like to take the time to congratulate myself on actually following through on writing part two, because no one’s going to give me a high five for that but me. Go me! #SelfAccountability. To...

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Movement vs. Exercise: What is the Distinction?

In writing this blog post today I am procrastinating the completion of a massive piece of editing. I’ve created a monster. I’ve been assigned the rewarding task of creating a resource paper for Healthy Dancer Canada. “Write two pages”, they said....

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Restoring Your Movement Map

If you’re soaked in sweat by the end of the first plie exercise, you’re doing it wrong. I used to think it was “correct” to be working so hard that what should be an easy warm-up becomes a heart-pounding, sweaty ordeal. So too we see this trend in fitness,...

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Where’s Your Head At? (How to keep your eyes off the ground)

Time to get stoked about vision! This blog post is for the dancers who have been told not to look down at the floor so much. Why is that so dang hard not do do, eh? This is also a blog post for the dancers who have trouble spotting turns, balancing (in general), and...

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Unlocking the power of flexion and training spinal mobility

Over several years of movement screening, I’ve noticed a common pattern with nearly every (but not all) dancer: Missing spinal flexion, meaning, being unable to round your back (note that I’m referring primarily to the aspiring/pre-professional, college level,...

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How to Reverse Engineer a Jump Landing for Happier Joints

The ankle and foot are among the most common site of injuries in dancers, and is it any surprise? The desired aesthetic for dancers to point their feet, pull up their arches, and push their knees out as far as possible can create the avoidance of some important joint...

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Anatomy in Motion Course Review

With every foot step, every experience of the Earth through your foot; what sensory input are you taking in? What could you be missing out on? If there is a part of your foot that never makes proper contact with the Earth, with every step, is there potential you are...

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