Interested in performing arts? Health and wellness? Then listen to the Athletes and the Arts podcast, hosted by Steven Karageanes, DO, FAOASM and Yasi Ansari, MS, RDN, CSSD. We are an initiative headed by the American College of Sports Medicine and Performing Arts Medicine Association. Our podcast draws upon medical experts from over 20 different organizations in performing arts and sports medicine to discuss numerous health and wellness issues that relate to performers and athletes alike. Our guests will also include professionals in performing arts and sports to give us a peek into their lives and talk about how they cope with their careers.
Steven Karageanes, DO, FAOASM is a primary care sports medicine physician certified in performing arts medicine practicing in Detroit, Michigan.
Yasi Ansari, MS, RDN, CSSD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics practicing in Los Angeles, California.
Find out more at http://www.athletesandthearts.com
Multiple Sclerosis and the Musician
Raymond Meade has been in the UK music industry for over two decades, first as a singer/songwriter for the Ronelles, a solo artist and session musician, and current bassist for Ocean Colour Scene. He also made a BBC documentary about the music of Auschwitz. His life is literally in his hands.
So what happens when those hands start tingling during a concert...and it doesn't stop? When you suddenly can't play music? When your doctors tell you that you have Multiple Sclerosis?
Listen to Yasi and Steven's interview with Raymond as they talk about him facing his own mortality, the strength of friendship and family to survive, and the perils of a music career on the edge. Also, meet Dr. Mark Janicki, an neurologist and MS specialist from Indiana, whose "always leave a patient with a smile" approach and early intervention from across the pond helped Raymond tackle the biggest challenge of his life.
Follow Raymond on Twitter at @raymeade82
Follow Raymond on Instagram at @ray_meade82
For more information on Multiple Sclerosis (MS), go to https://www.nationalmssociety.org
For more about Raymond's music career, go to https://www.powerpopaholic.com/artist-interviews/raymond-meade
To listen to Ocean Colour Scene, go to https://www.oceancolourscene.com
For a link to Raymond's documentary, "The Railway People", go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht0BuOhU_RQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht0BuOhU_RQ)
For information about Mark Janicki, MD, go to https://www.witham.org/provider/mark-j-janicki-md-neurology
For information about Athletes and the Arts, go to https://www.athletesandthearts.com
Raymond Meade: Raymond Meade is a session musician from Glasgow, best known for his work with Ocean Colour Scene and Gerry Cinnamon. He has played on gold selling #1 albums and toured internationally for over 20 years, performing with some of the biggest names in music.
Raymond also wrote and produced the New York Festivals Award winning documentary "The Railway People" which told the story of Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor and Raymond returning to Auschwitz together in 2016. The film was shown across the world. Eva and Raymond remained close friends until her death in 2019.
During the pandemic years, Raymond produced a series of true crime podcasts which revisited The West Murders of 1994. Titled "Where No Shadow Falls", these podcasts featured key players in the case and were very well received.
He is currently studying a degree course and learning the Polish language with a view to realising his ambition of becoming an Auschwitz tour guide in the future.
He writes the occasional article for the men's lifestyle magazine GQ.
In 2021, Raymond was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. He is married and lives in Glasgow with his wife Leanne.
Mark Janicki, MD: He is a board certified neurologist, a fellow of the American Academy of neurology. He has been involved in over 15 clinical trials regarding disease modifying therapies for multiple sclerosis. He trained at Indiana University medical school and residency in neurology at Indiana University Medical Center. He has lived in Practice in the metropolitan Indianapolis area for the past 35 years. He is a diehard Indianapolis Colts fan. Married to Maribeth, he has five children and five grandchildren. He loves golf...it doesn't love him back.
Dancing with the Diablo
On this episode, Steven and Yasi talk with the artistic and wellness pros behind Diablo Ballet, a professional dance company and ballet school in Walnut Creek, California. As they celebrate the end of their 28th season, we find out how they manage to keep health and wellness a priority, while maintaining artistic excellence. We also delve into the working relationships among the artistic director, principal dancers, and music composer in creating original ballets, while reflecting on staying afloat during a pandemic and handling the pressures of social media.
Our guests are Dr Selina Shah MD, company physician for Diablo Ballet; Lauren Jonas, artistic director and co-founder, Diablo Ballet, Raymond Tilton, company dancer and School Principal and teacher of the Diablo Ballet School, and and Justin Levitt, award-winning music composer for the Ballet.
To learn about Diablo Ballet, go to https://diabloballet.org. Follow their Twitter at @diabloballet.
For more about International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, go to https://iadms.org.
For more about Athletes and the Arts, go to http://athletesandthearts.com
Selina Shah, MD, FACP, FAMSSM is a board certified sports medicine and internal medicine physician in private practice in Walnut Creek, CA. She is the company physician for several dance companies and dance studios in the San Francisco Bay Area including Diablo Ballet, AXIS Dance Company, Contra Costa Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, and Tiffany’s Dance Academy. She is a team physician for USA Artistic Swimming, USA Weightlifting, and USA Figure Skating. She also cares for Broadway shows and Cirque du Soleil when they come to the San Francisco Bay Area. She is past Treasurer and Board Member for the IADMS and is now on the board for The Bridge Dance Project and serves on the Executive Committee for the Taskforce on Dancer Health for Dance/USA. She has lectured nationally and internationally on various dance medicine topics, has published papers in medical journals and books, including criteria on determining readiness for pointe and her original research on demographics and dance injuries in modern dance and other injury case reports.
Lauren Jonas trained at the Marin Ballet. She performed with the Milwaukee Ballet, the Oakland Ballet, the Southwest Ballet, and toured the United States with the Moscow Ballet. Since Diablo Ballet's premiere in 1994, Ms. Jonas has recruited dancers from around the world to present the finest in contemporary and classical ballets. A firm believer in the need to stimulate the cultural development of future generations, she co-created the Ballet’s PEEK Outreach Program in 1995. Ms. Jonas’ awards include the 2005 National Philanthropy Day honor, the 2000 Arts and Culture Commission Award of Contra Costa County, and the1998 Contra Costa County Woman of Achievement Award for the Arts. She is the 2014 recipient of the Contra Costa Commission for Women Contributing to the Arts, Hall of Fame award and was an honoree at the State Assembly’s Women’s History Month. In 2016, Ms. Jonas was honored at the Djerassi’s Women’s Residency Program for empowering women as leaders in the field of ballet. She is also the Co-Founder and Director of Diablo Ballet School.
Raymond Tilton received his ballet training at San Elijo Dance Academy and San Francisco Ballet School. In 2010, he danced as an apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet and was promoted to the Company in 2011 dancing in ballets by some of today's most sought-after choreographers. Since joining Diablo Ballet in 2015, Mr. Tilton has performed the lead in numerous ballets including Christopher Wheeldon's Carousal (A Dance) and George Balanchine's Apollo. Mr. Tilton is the School Principal and teacher of Diablo Ballet School.
Justin Levitt was first inspired to learn and compose for the piano at the age of 15. Since that day, he has been on an...
How Sound and Music Can Heal (featuring Renèe Fleming)
The power of music and sound to heal the mind and body is being unlocked through new neuroscience research and education. Exciting developments are showing how music and sound can tap into important brain functions and even treat such conditions as Autism, concussion, Alzheimer's, and even aging. Yasi and Steven talk to two people at the forefront of this exploding field.
Acclaimed soprano Renèe Fleming is not only one of the most famous performers in our history, she also spearheads multiple health initiatives involving Arts and Health, such as the Healing Breath Initiative, the NeuroArts Blueprint, the Sound Health Network, and the Music and Mind Live web series.
She is joined today by Professor Nina Kraus of Northwestern University, founder of the BrainVolts Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, and leader of an NIH-funded investigation at Northwestern to look at treating concussions with sound and rhythm. She also wrote "Of Sound Mind - How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World."
For more about Renèe Fleming, go to https://reneefleming.com
For more about Nina Kraus and her BrainVolts lab, go to https://www.brainvolts.northwestern.edu.
For Nina's book, "Of Sound Mind", go to https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/675902/of-sound-mind-by-nina-kraus/
For more about Athletes and the Arts, go to https://www.athletesandthearts.com
Marching To Their Own Beat
Marching band, drum corps, bugle corps...it's part of sports worldwide, but it's also its own entertainment industry, and competition is fierce and deep. Drum Corps International is Marching Music's Major League, celebrating their 50th year of performance. They hold over 100 events and competitions, including Drumline Battles. One of the top competitors is the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa, and today, Yasi and Steven talk with members of the Colts to find out just what it takes to make it into drum corps and marching bands...and stay healthy doing it!
Our guests are Vicki McFarland, director of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in Dubuque Iowa and Board member of Drum Corps International, Jennifer Pohlman, athletic trainer for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and DCI, and Steven Rock, MD, physician for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and Member of Drum Corps International's Marching Arts Safety and Health Advisory Board.
For more information on Athletes and the Arts, go to https://www.athletesandthearts.com.
For more about Drum Corps International, go to https://www.dci.org
For more on the Colts Drum and Bugle Corp, go to https://colts.org
YouTube video heard in the episode of the Colts 2021 performance at the DCI Championships in Indianapolis, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2woDCVxcR5gandt=87s
Breakin' for Gold
Breaking, or Break Dancing, exploded in popularity in the 80s but thanks to TV and social media, it's more popular than ever, so much that it will become an Olympic sport at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. Yasi and Steven talk to one of the U.S. Olympic hopefuls, Bboy Morris, and the medical team that helps him get there, Aaron Ngor and TeeJay Lee, founders of Offset Med. We get in deep about the Breaking community, its growth from the 80s to today, and how much physical stamina and training it takes to be one of the best in the world.
For Athletes and the Arts, go to https://www.athletesandthearts.com
For Offset Med, go to https://www.offsetmed.com
For video of Bboy Morris on World of Dance on NBC, https://youtu.be/RIARfQuc2HY
To see Bboy Morris win the 2021 Red Bull BC One Cypher championship, https://youtu.be/ULKfAk9BqzA
Follow Bboy Morris on Instagram at @bboymorris_
Follow Aaron Ngor on Instagram at @aaronngor or his Doctors for Dancers page at https://doctorsfordancers.com/546/doctorsfordancers-aaron-ngor/
Follow Teejay Lee on Instagram at @teejaylee or his Doctors for Dancers page at https://doctorsfordancers.com/directory/tj-lee-atacp-cota-l-fmt/
Morris “Bboy Morris” Isby, III began breaking as a high school student in Sacramento, CA., after watching Battle of the Year: 1998 on VHS. The artistry and athleticism he saw in the battles inspired him to begin practicing daily in his parent’s garage. Whether competing solo or alongside crew members, b-boy Morris has maintained his status as a champion competitor, boasting over 120 competitive wins under his belt to date. When he’s not competing or performing, Morris is dedicated to ushering in the next generation of breakers through volunteering and mentorship. He is currently training to compete in the 2024 Paris summer games.
Aaron Ngor, ATC is the co-founder and CEO of Offset Med, a company that aims to co-create the future of health and performance for artist-athletes worldwide. His early experiences as a dancer highlighted the inequities and lack of qualified healthcare professionals that are commonly seen serving traditional sports. Aaron is a sherpa for the overlooked athlete, an investor for the undervalued artist, and a diplomat for the movement arts. His previous work experience includes the Clinic for Science and Health in Artistic Performance (SHAPe Clinic) at Ohio University, Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, CA), AMDA College of the Performing Arts (Los Angeles, CA), and University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA). Aaron’s personal guiding mission is to create opportunities that facilitate the intersection of art, movement, and community development.
Taejun “TeeJay” Lee has a background in Occupational Therapy and strives to help people be the best they can be in their daily lives. Teejay has his Bachelor of Science in health education and earned his Occupational Therapy Assistant License in 2015. His personal experience with a disability and knowledge of pain through certifications in different techniques and modalities has led him to work on clients of all backgrounds. Notable clients include Emmy Awarded Dance Crew Quest Crew and World of Dance Season 2 Winners: The Lab.
New York versus Philly: Dance Edition
Our biggest episode yet brings together the medical professionals in New York and Philadelphia who care for some of the biggest companies in the dance world. They give us insight on how they keep those performers on stage. We talk about what it's like to work in small, medium, and large-sized programs, how their dancers access care, and the challenges of pushing the boundaries of choreography without pushing physical boundaries. Brought to you by the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine. Our guests:
Christine Cox, founder and artistic director of Ballet X (Instagram: @christineccox)
Marc Harwood, MD: Rothman Orthopedic Institute and consultant Ballet X and Pennsylvania Ballet
From New York:
Melody Hrubes, MD: Rothman Orthopedic Institute and medical director Radio City Rockettes (Instagram: @melodyhrubes)
Sheyi OjoFeitimi, PT, DPT: Director of Therapy Services, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. #drsheyipt #dancereadyproject
For more information on Athletes and the Arts, go to https://www.athletesandthearts.com
For American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, go to https://www.amssm.org
For Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, go to https://www.alvinailey.org
For Ballet X, go to https://www.balletx.org
Christine Cox: Christine Cox co-founded BalletX, America’s premier contemporary ballet company, with Matthew Neenan in 2005. The BalletX team has produced over 100 world premiere ballets by nearly 60 renowned and emerging choreographers to date, reaching more than 150,000 dance patrons. Under her leadership as Artistic and Executive Director, the company has performed at prestigious national stages including The Kennedy Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, and The Joyce Theater. In 2013, she and her team launched The X-Process, an engagement program that invites audience members to participate in pre-show conversations with choreographers, an interactive lecture series about contemporary ballet, and open rehearsals. Through the Dance eXchange education program, she has partnered with elementary schools from the Philadelphia School District to emphasize dance as a means to promote self-confidence and acquire valuable life skills, reaching more than 2,000 local students in its first six years. Cox also led a TEDx talk at the George School about innovation in the field of contemporary ballet, from the art form’s historical traditions to today’s world of evolving definitions and globalization.
As an arts leader, she has served on review panels for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Philadelphia Arts and Business Council. Christine has been recognized with two Rocky Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, as well as fellowships from the Independence Foundation and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Cox was a full-time company member with the Pennsylvania Ballet from 1993 until her retirement from the stage in 2006. Some of her featured roles included Rum and Coca Cola in Paul Taylor’s Company B, Vortex in Alvin Ailey’s The River; Choleric in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Eve in Margo Sappington’s Rodin, Mis En Vie the Cowgirl in Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo, and principal female roles in Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free and The Concert. During this time, Cox served for ten years as the rehearsal assistant of the children’s corps for Pennsylvania Ballet’s annual production of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Ballet, she danced with BalletMet (Columbus, OH), as a guest artist with Ballet Hispanico (New York, NY), and with the American Repertory Ballet (Princeton, NJ). Cox is the proud mother of two young boys, Warren and Wesley.
Marc Harwood, MD: Dr. Harwood is a board certified non-operative sports medicine physician and serves as the Service Chief of the Non-Operative
So much to learn
Love the idea of combining trained professional with those out there in the performing arts and sports. Conversations among these people provides such an opportunity for deep learning for people from almost any field - and the applications to day-to-day life are endless!