Ask Deb: How Do I Fix Lower-Back Pain?

Ask Deb: How Do I Fix Lower-Back Pain?

Q: I have a very flexible spine and torso. My teachers tell me to use this flexibility during cambrés and port de bras, but when I do, I feel pain—mostly in my lower back. What should I change so I don’t end up with back problems?A: It can be challenging to...
3 Exercises for Healthy Spinal Alignment

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...

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