Evaluation/Correction of Alignment Our therapists will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine areas at risk for injury, define patterns of movement impairment, address the needs of the client and tailor a program to reach his or her goals.
Flexibility Testing will dictate the areas to be stretched using both static and dynamic techniques. Soft tissue and joint mobilization will jump-start the process and maintain good alignment.
Strengthening/Balance Focus of this phase will be to improve balanced strength and flexibility in multiple muscle groups. Final aspect would be to teach the dancer how to sequence properly without compensation through dynamic movements specific to the type of dance.
Functional Dance This phase will focus on training your body to meet the demands of dance. If you need fast and explosive movements then you must train your nervous system to activate the muscle to respond in that manner. Our extensive knowledge in dance and experience with athletes will allow us to assist in specific dance movements to perform them more efficiently and with proper posture to reduce the risk of injury. The length of this phase may vary depending on the goals of the dancer.
The Benefits Include:
Learn strategies to keep your fitness at peak level. Be at your best and avoid injury to advance performance.
better muscle recruitment (larger % of muscle contraction)
decreased joint restriction
decreased muscle and fascia restriction
creates better body awareness which allows the athlete to move freely
peak performance being “in the zone” because they are not fighting their own body to perform
D.A.N.S.E Approach to Enhance Performance
Consistent performance is the main goal for any dancer.
Performance obstacles can only be resolved when you can identify what is really “driving” these issues. Here at the D.A.N.S.E. Approach, we have compiled science in a program that addresses dynamic alignment using the innate sequences of muscle firing to create a balance for maximum performance ability. We take the corrections that you hear in class and identify what is causing the need for correction. The area that is being corrected is generally not the cause but the effect. Knowing your body is important to make proper decisions in your dance career. What may be good for one person may not be good for you. We strive to educate the dancer from a “whole body” perspective as it pertains to dance movement.
No one is truly “injury-prone”. It takes an understanding of how the body works together to perform a movement. Often areas that have repeated injuries are the victim, not the cause. A careful examination needs to be done to identify the source of the injury.
Feel like you are fighting your body to dance?Paula Webster2021-08-07T18:00:52+00:00
Inconsistent performance may be a result of imbalances in strength, flexibility, and dynamic alignment. Because of those imbalances, it takes more effort to have the precision that you need for optimal movement.
Does your performance fluctuate?Paula Webster2021-08-07T18:00:13+00:00
Do you have days where you are “in sync” and are pleased with your performance and other days you are frustrated with your inability to perform? All these factors are a function of balance. Self-evaluation tools can help you analyze the difference so consistent performance can be achieved.
Do you feel that you can’t seem to fully recover after an injury?Paula Webster2021-08-07T17:59:32+00:00
Identifying the main source of the injury is important for healing. The injury occurs because that body part is being “loaded” more than it can handle. Knowing what can help protect it is important to healing.
Consistent soreness that is not resolved with stretching?Paula Webster2021-08-07T17:58:40+00:00
The body perceives “tightness” even if the muscle is overstretched. Unless you can evaluate your body alignment, you can’t tell if a muscle is “long” or “short”. Stretching a “long” muscle can only lead to more pain and possible injury.