ODC Month for Dancers’ Health
September 1-30, 2020
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 pre-recorded videos available throughout the month of September.
Sessions are carefully designed for dancers, healthcare professionals and those who have dance-related questions for healthcare professionals during times of COVID-19, could use access to free dance healthcare-related information, want to learn more about dancers’ wellness, or are interested to know the latest information about public health issues and how they affect the dance community.
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.
- 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.