Tag: dancer health

Teach Your Dancers These Healthy Tips to Strengthen Turnout

Neuromuscular expert, Deborah Vogel breaks down understanding functional turnout. It’s essential for teachers to understand how hip structure influences a dancer’s ability to turn out. I see so many injuries caused by dancers who think turnout has to look a certain way. They try to create it instead of working it accurately from the hip. […]

3 Exercises for Healthy Spinal Alignment

Spinal alignment is like turnout, says Michael Kelly Bruce, associate professor of dance at The Ohio State University. “It’s a mechanism, not an aesthetic.” But as with turnout, dancers’ visual goals often lead them to force their bodies into unnatural positions. “A healthier spine has to do with acknowledging the structural integrity of what’s there, […]

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