Resource Paper: When Can I Start Pointe Work? – International Association for Dance Medicine & Science

Guidelines for Initiating Pointe Training (Reprinted from the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, Volume 13, Number 3, 2009, pages 90-92.) Abstract The initiation of pointe training for dance students should be determined after careful evaluation of a number of factors. These include: the dance student’s stage of physical development; the quality of her (or…

Hearing Loss for Dancers

This article was initially written by Athletes and the Arts for Musicians. However, everything applies to dancers who dance to loud music on a consistent basis. View a one-page summary (PDF) on Musicians and Hearing Loss. • 50% of musicians may have problems with hearing loss. • Listening to music, live or recorded, in performance…

And the Dance Goes On: Psychological Impact of Injury – By Lynda M. Mainwaring, Ph.D., Donna Krasnow, M.S., Gretchen Kerr, Ph.D.

  This review provides a glimpse into the dancer’s psychological reaction to physical injury. Based on the current evidence, dancers’ reactions to injury involve initial negative affects that may become more positive as the injury heals. Dancers with chronic or overuse injuries are more likely to ignore the injury, sometimes to the point of more…