ODC Month for Dancers’ Health
All events are FREE and presented by generous volunteers
The ODC Healthy Dancers Clinic is celebrating dancers' wellness through the Month for Dancers’ Health. Physicians, Nutritionists, and PTs who specialize in dancers' health and are dedicated to treating mobility for bodies of all kinds have joined together to offer an array of online workshops, panels, and one on one sessions available throughout the month of September.
Schedule of Events
Dancer Nutrition FAQs (Online)
with Libby Parker, MS, RD
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Get the scoop on frequently asked nutrition questions and concerns of dancers. We will cover a variety of topics from timing you intake, avoiding digestive woes on stage, bone health, and more.
Creative Coping (Online)
with Jennifer Bury, DSP™ Movement Therapist
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Movement is our first language - the way we continually orient to the world, learn, and adapt throughout our lives. Interactive experiments, based on our shared developmental movements, reintroduce us to how our feelings live in our bodies and are expressed through the movmvement between us. Guided group processing helps us share our discoveries and learn together, providing a sense of belonging. This virtual 1-hour intro workshop is a preview of a limited space 1-month long workshop over October and November:
Creative Coping Workshop (Virtual) with Jennifer Bury BFA, CMT, Certified Trainer/Supervisor in DSP™ & Felicitas Fischer
Saturdays: 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13 3:00-5:00 PM PT
Learn More: odc.dance/creativecoping
Pelvic Health (Online and In-person)
with Dr. Karah Charette, DPT & Dr. Hyunwoo June Choo, MD
Saturday, September 18, 2021
In this workshop, we'll review the anatomy of the pelvic diaphragm, how it relates to your core, and how it plays a role in pressure management. There will be an experiential component in which we embody the concepts of posture and breath work in relation to the pelvic floor. Ths goal of this workshop is to integrate anatomy into function in order to maintain and sustain healthy movement patterns. Please bring your own mat. Proof of full vaccination and masks are required for in-person participation.
Complete Healthy Dancers' Clinic (Online and In-Person
with ODC Healthy Dancers' Clinic Volunteers
Sunday, September 26
Appointments available between 9:00am and 12:00pm PT
The Complete Healthy Dancers' Clinic is a free clinic that focuses on dancers' holistic well being. These private appointments are one hour long with a team of our volunteer practitioners. Areas of focus include: acute injury, chronic injury, mental health, and nutrition.
The Clinic's services are offered at no cost and we rely on donations to support our ongoing programs. Click here to make a donation.
Pre-Recorded Videos 2020
- Low Energy Availability
"Dancing often requires more energy output than dancers consume in their diets. You will learn how to identify red flags and other potential problems that may be affecting your bone strength, injury risk, and even fertility and heart disease. This important topic may change the way you look at food."
- Progressing Ballet
Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is a supplemental strengthening program ideal for ballet and contemporary styles. Participants will need a large exercise ball and space to lie down. Aimee Martel, DPT, PT, and certified instructor of PBT as of 2017, can be found through her personal practice.
- Foot and Ankle Health for Dancers
Nancy Kadel, MD, board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle reconstruction and the care and treatment of dancers, Josephine Lee, expert pointe shoe fitter and owner of The Pointe Shop, and Kendall Alway, DPT, PT talk foot and ankle health for dancers.
- Test Yourself! Learn Tasks to Safely Return to Dance
Dance PT's Aimee Martel and Kendall Alway present great information on self-screening for your return to dance. They will screen two dancers (one professional and one student) so you can learn to administer the tests yourself and find out where you need some additional strength work. Find the test here
- Fuel Well! Nutrition for Dancers
- Dance for Healthy Youth and Teens
Join ODC Youth & Teen staff and HDC Medical Director Celina De Borja, MD for a collaborative online session to learn more about ODC's dance programs for youth and teens, and how to maintain a safe and enjoyable virtual dance experience throughout the season, with special attention to good practices for health and injury prevention.
- Finding Your Movement Personality
Recovering from injury? Returning to dance after a break? Check out the Healthy Dancers' Clinic volunteers and instructors' video to learn more about how to start and what to expect.
After consulting with your health care practitioner, take our short self-assessment before you start. After just a few classes, you will notice a difference! Return to your survey to see what has changed.
Take the Where to Start Self-Assessment