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DanceWell Podcast is dedicated to exploring 360-degrees of health and wellness for dancers. We believe that health and wellness isn’t just about physical well-being, but encompasses the whole self. From this belief, we bring you bi-monthly episodes in which we talk with all sorts of practitioners including: dietitians, body-workers, medical doctors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, conditioning experts, psychologists and more. We hope these conversations bring you enhanced understanding of health and wellness to support fulfilling experiences in dance!

DanceWell Podcast Ellie Kusner and Marissa Schaeffer

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DanceWell Podcast is dedicated to exploring 360-degrees of health and wellness for dancers. We believe that health and wellness isn’t just about physical well-being, but encompasses the whole self. From this belief, we bring you bi-monthly episodes in which we talk with all sorts of practitioners including: dietitians, body-workers, medical doctors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, conditioning experts, psychologists and more. We hope these conversations bring you enhanced understanding of health and wellness to support fulfilling experiences in dance!

    Episode 72: COVID-19 - Returning to the studio

    Episode 72: COVID-19 - Returning to the studio

    As the world shut down in the wake of COVD-19, the performing arts world changed. Shows were cancelled, rehearsals suspended and training took on a different form. Many began dancing - and even rehearsing - indoors. Hallways became dance floors, mantle pieces became ballet barres, and somehow we kept going. Due to space constraints, hard floors and a multitude of other factors, many were unable to train as vigorously as they had pre-pandemic. Now as dance studios, schools and companies begin to open their doors once more, we need to prepare our bodies for the challenges dance presents us. Join us in this episode as athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist Will Zinser talks about how to prepare to return to the studio.

    Resources:
    - Article - “CSCCa and NSCA Joint Consensus Guidelines for Transition Periods: Safe Return to Training Following Inactivity” - https://journals.lww.com/nsca-scj/Fulltext/2019/06000/CSCCa_and_NSCA_Joint_Consensus_Guidelines_for.1.aspx
    - Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health - “Return to Dance and Training Considerations due to COVID-19” - https://dance-usa.s3.amazonaws.com/page_uploads/COVID%20-%20RETURN%20TO%20DANCE%20-%20MAY%202020%20-%20PDF.pdf
    - Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health - “COVID-19: Ideas for staying in shape during social isolation restrictions” - https://dance-usa.s3.amazonaws.com/page_uploads/UPDATED%20COVID%20PAPER%20-%20MAY%202020%20-%20PDF.pdf
    - The Dance Docs - “Dancing in a Mask” - https://www.thedancedocs.com/episodes/dancing-in-a-mask
    - University of Delaware - Soreness Rules - https://cpb-us-w2.wpmucdn.com/sites.udel.edu/dist/c/3448/files/2017/07/UD-Soreness-Rules-Jul-28-2017-25les5o.pdf

    Schedule an Injury Prevention Assessment at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, by calling: (212)-598-6054

    Support DanceWell Podcast by donating - https://gf.me/u/yxv25p

    Host: Marissa Schaeffer
    Co-Hosts: Ellie Kusner and Marissa Schaeffer
    Website: www.dancewellpodcast.com
    Email: DanceWellPodcast@gmail.com
    Introduction Soundscape: Brendan Berry and Dylan Ezzie

    • 49 min
    Episode 71: Virtual Class, Friend or Foe?

    Episode 71: Virtual Class, Friend or Foe?

    In 2020, dancers all around the world experienced a new phenomenon, virtual class. In Episode 71, Caitlin Trainor, MFA and Danelle Dickson, DPT discuss the potential risks and limitations to this educational structure, as well as the potential benefits and advantages. Ultimately, we all conclude that while virtual dance class is no replacement for live instruction, it's also not going away anytime soon.

    Learn about Caitlin Trainor: http://www.trainordance.org
    Learn more about Dancio: http://www.dancio.com
    Reach out to Caitlin through LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caitlin-trainor-a0373391/

    Learn more About Danelle Dickson:
    https://danelle-dickson-d28f.mykajabi.com/products-offers-and-blogs
    See her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/3ptdc/
    Tweet her: https://twitter.com/3ptdc

    Want to contribute to DanceWell podcast? Follow this link to donate:
    https://www.gofundme.com/dancewell-podcast-season-4-fundraiser

    Host: Ellie Kusner
    Co-Hosts: Ellie Kusner and Marissa Schaeffer
    Website: www.dancewellpodcast.com
    Email: DanceWellPodcast@gmail.com
    Introduction Soundscape: Brendan Berry and Dylan Ezzie

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 70: Plyometrics

    Episode 70: Plyometrics

    Perhaps while quarantined, you or a dancer you know, was anxious about maintaining jump skills, then came across people hopping on and off boxes on Instagram and thought, “Should I do that?” Enter, plyometrics. In this episode, I speak to Rob Tsai, DPT, about plyometrics and he explains the relevance and value of this form of resistance training for dancers.

    Learn more about Rob Tsai at: www.danceprehab.com
    Follow Rob on Instagram: @danceprehab

    Host: Ellie Kusner
    Co-Hosts: Ellie Kusner and Marissa Schaeffer
    Website: www.dancewellpodcast.com
    Email: DanceWellPodcast@gmail.com
    Introduction Soundscape: Brendan Berry and Dylan Ezzie

    • 51 min
    Episode 69: Unlocking the Sacroiliac Joint

    Episode 69: Unlocking the Sacroiliac Joint

    Does the sacrum move and get stuck? Why might I feel pain at my sacroiliac joint (SIJ)? These are questions we’ve asked ourselves before, but maybe never gotten the answer to. Join us on this episode as Dr. Liz Henry PT, DSc, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, CCTT brings her wisdom and four decades of clinical practice to help us understand this complex joint.

    Get in touch with Dr. Henry by visiting her practice website (LifeForcePT.com) or by sending her an email at Liz@lifeforcept.com. You can also learn more about her by visiting the faculty bio page on the NAIOMT website (https://www.naiomt.com/teaching-faculty).

    Host: Marissa Schaeffer
    Co-Hosts: Ellie Kusner and Marissa Schaeffer
    Website: www.dancewellpodcast.com
    Email: DanceWellPodcast@gmail.com
    Introduction Soundscape: Brendan Berry and Dylan Ezzie

    • 49 min
    Episode 68: Motor Imagery

    Episode 68: Motor Imagery

    Imagery is a free and accessible form of mental practice that can be used to enhance performance, confidence, skills and more. In Episode 68: Motor Imagery, Betsy Coker EdD, explains what motor imagery is and how it works, as well as why, when, and how dancers use imagery. She talks about applying her research on imagery to her teaching practice, and suggests that perhaps some day, imagery could contribute to a very different, possibly more inclusive understanding of what dance is and who gets to do it.

    Learn more aboutBetsy Coker at: www.betsycoker.com

    Host: Ellie Kusner
    Co-Hosts: Ellie Kusner and Marissa Schaeffer
    Website: www.dancewellpodcast.com
    Email: DanceWellPodcast@gmail.com
    Introduction Soundscape: Brendan Berry and Dylan Ezzie

    • 55 min
    Episode 67: More on Hypermobility - Common Presentations of EDS

    Episode 67: More on Hypermobility - Common Presentations of EDS

    Joint hypermobility, whether it affects few or many joints, falls under the umbrella of hypermobility disorders. On episode 67: More on Hypermobiltiy - Common Presentations of EDS, we invite Dr. Linda Bluestein, the hypermobility MD, to discuss Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a particular type of hypermobility disorder with some unique characteristics. Dr. Bluestein explains some of the common medical presentations of the syndrome and helps clinicians and patients alike with resources to build a support system for those with this diagnosis.  

    Learn more about and get in touch with Dr. Bluestein by visiting her website: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com

    EDS Resources:

    EDS Awareness: https://www.chronicpainpartners.com
    EDS Toolkit (for general practitioners): https://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/resources/toolkits/ehlers-danlos-syndromes-toolkit.aspx
    EDS Society: https://www.ehlers-danlos.com
    EDS Wellness: https://edswellness.org
    Bendy Bodies Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bendy-bodies/id1500589216



    Host: Marissa Schaeffer
    Co-Hosts: Ellie Kusner and Marissa Schaeffer
    Website: www.dancewellpodcast.com
    Email: DanceWellPodcast@gmail.com
    Introduction Soundscape: Brendan Berry and Dylan Ezzie

    • 1 hr 3 min

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