Dance Training

Physiotherapy for Performing Arts

Elite level dancers are required to produce, and control, both the inner and outer ranges of their movement capacity. Alignment, balance, and control (ABC’s) are the foundation of dance movement that can be crafted by the dancer into memorable and moving performances.

When one of these ABC’s is compromised not only can the dynamics of movement suffer from an aesthetics point of view, but also from the experience of the dancer. This is felt in a number of ways: movement requires more effort (what once felt easy now takes considerably more force), loss of range inhibits desired expression (a dancer who used to be able to lift their leg high, is unable to any more) and repetition fails to produce results (trying harder just isn’t working). Pain and injury can also significantly effect one’s ability to participate or perform, and can leave you feeling frustrated or anxious. The form of dance physiotherapy/training at Diane Lee & Associates is unique in that a whole body, integrated approach (the Integrated Systems Model) is used.

The dance assessment is specific to what has the most meaning to you: agility, balance, turns, jumps, power, flexibility, plie/rises, stamina, breath, snapping, clicking or clunking, and additionally but not exclusively, pain. Once we discover which region of your body is creating limitations or barriers for your performance, we work together to help you understand this part of your body in the context of your most effected dance movements. Treatment/training is multi-modal and can include biofeedback core training with real-time ultrasound imaging, specific muscle/fascial releases, or neuromuscular isolation training to facilitate activation/relaxation of specific muscles within your movement practice. Rachael Corbett and Sarah Hamanishi offer this unique service for dancers of all levels.