Blog Posts on Strength Training for Dancers

Blog posts on strength training practices for dancers: How to safely approach cross-training to improve performance, prevent injuries, and #DanceStronger.

Tales From the Dance Academy (part 2)

In case you didn’t see part 1, GO HERE to read that blog post. A brief background for this blog post: I made a decision last week that it would be useful for me to write notes and observations from the classes I am teaching at the dance academy I work with. Maybe even...

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Tales From the Dance Academy (part 1)

We are the third week into the semester at the dance academy I work at here in beautiful Torono. I am super stoked. Why am I so stoked? I’ve never had the opportunity to work with one dance class progressively for the course of a semester. I’ve done drop in...

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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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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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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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Let’s Change How We Speak to Dancers About Injury Prevention

I’ll start by stating the obvious: Dancers get injured. A lot. Studies show us that the injury rate in dance is similar to that of collision sports and, while each study presents a different statistic, the injury rate is often somewhere between 60-100%. Not to...

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Test Your Dance Training and Fitness IQ [20 questions]

A few weeks ago I was in Pittsburgh for the 2015 International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Annual Meeting. This was my first IADMS conference, although I’ve been wanting to go since 2012 when I initially heard of the organization. It. Was....

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10 Reasons You Should be Doing Turkish Get-Ups

My favourite part of dancing is rolling around on the floor. Hell, rolling on the floor is my favourite part of life. —–> So of course I love Turkish get-ups (TGUs). The Turkish get-up is an exercise that systematically takes you from lying on the...

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A Core Workout Program for Dancers That Works

Tell me if these corrections sound familiar: “Hold your core tight!” “Suck in your belly “Activate your lower abs!” If these aren’t familiar, then I don’t believe you’ve ever been to a dance class! Or maybe you’re...

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How to Make a Dance Conditioning Class That Doesn’t Suck

I’m not here to hate on dance conditioning classes. Much. In fact I’m not totally qualified to hate on dance conditioning classes because I don’t have very much first hand experience participating in them. Because sadly many dance studios I went to...

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Should Dancers Deadlift?

For the purpose of keeping this blog post very simple, today’s question: Should dancers lift weights? My answer: Yes. Specifically, should dancers deadlift? YES. Smart dancers everywhere are already picking up heavy things for their art. Look, here’s...

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How Much Cardio Should You be Doing?

This is less a post about prescribing the perfect amount of cardio, and more a plea for tuning in to one’s own needs. Dancers are known perfectionists.  Many of us have type-A personalities, making us exceptionally susceptible to fads in exercise, diet, and...

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Muscles You’re Using Wrong: Neck Edition

Welcome to another exciting edition of “muscles you’re using wrong”. I got some really great feedback on my first entry in this series, Calf Edition, so I’m back for round two: THE NECK. The photo of the deep front line below, from Anatomy...

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Starting Dance Students on a Strength Training Routine

If I had a goal when I started writing this blog, it would have been to raise the awareness of the need for dancers to be stronger and move better fundamentally in order for them to prevent injuries and excel artistically. But I wasn’t thinking that far...

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Summer Cross-Training Strategies for Dancers

I’ll even addend to the official title: Summer Cross Training Strategies for Dancers (Who Don’t Want to Screw Their Sh!t Up) I feel passionately that the summer is one of the most important training periods dancers fail to take advantage of. Should you...

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