I love your newsletter and I was reading your explanation on how to stretch and exercise to keep your shoulder blades flat. I’m a 17 year old dancer and I’ve been told both to keep my shoulders down and my shoulders back. Now my question is what is the difference? And if these to things […]
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Hi, I’m 12 and I just started ballet around 1 and half years ago. I know my technique needs a lot of improvement, but I am most concerned about my knees. Whenever I pull my knees up in my exercises, the teacher says they’re not pulled up enough and I have to pull them up […]
I’m a professional freelance dancer (I’m 30, if it matters), and over the past two years, have suffered a number of injuries that have kept me out of my pointe shoes. First off, I suffered a 2nd metatarsal stress fracture (which I kept dancing on… misdiagnosed for several months because it was in the joint. […]
I have a problem standing in fifth position. I cannot straighten both legs and still maintain a closed fifth position, mostly because one leg is longer than the other one! I have to hem one pant leg up so I don’t keep catching my heel in it. My teachers tell me to straighten my legs […]
Exploring fascia is fascinating and I keep learning more relationships between the health of our fascia and the health of our bodies. This post will summarize some ways it influences our brains. If these posts are interesting to you please consider attending the Texas June 21-23 workshop – where the exploration of fascia will be […]
This post is not dance specific but is interesting new info (to me) about brain health and helping ourselves stay happy and mentally sharp! There is a term called neurogenesis. That term describes the growth and development of new nerve cells. I remember learning that whatever brain cells you were born with – you better […]
I have a question about abdominal strength or should I say… lack of! I tell my students to pull up the front of their abdominals, but when I place my hand on their stomach I don’t feel anything. I’m not sure if they even know how to engage them. Can you recommend any specific ideas […]
I am an adult ballet student who has come back to the fold after many years away. When I stopped in my late teens, I was discouraged because things like 4th and 5th position never was easy for me. I thought my body just wasn’t right for dance – but I miss it and love […]
We’re going to continue looking at fascia’s role in the lower back and spine moving easily and freely. We know lower back pain is no longer just an ‘older’ person’s challenge. I have met many college age students with chronic lower back pain. There is often a correlation between their activity level and the amount […]
Here’s a quick 3 minute clip on a hip flexor bounce… and you’ll get to see my pup, too!