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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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    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

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 89: Quitting Dance, Transitioning from Expert to Novice

    Episode 89: Quitting Dance, Transitioning from Expert to Novice

    Leaving dance is often a complicated process. There are many many concerns and questions that can arise. For some, managing the transition from expert to novice may be one of the complicated experiences that materializes. Having achieved a high level of skill, the mere thought of shifting focus to anything else can be scary, sad, frustrating, and discouraging, but it can also be revitalizing, promising, exciting, and thrilling. In Episode 89: Quitting Dance, Transitioning from Expert to Novice, Leigh Svarla shares her insights on the nuances of mastery and the value of connecting to a beginners’ mind.

    Contact Dr. Leigh Skvarla at leigh.skvarla@gmail.com

    Want to contribute to DanceWell Podcast? Follow this link to donate:
    www.gofundme.com/dancewell-podcas…son-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

    • 59 min
    Episode 88: On Pain

    Episode 88: On Pain

    Did you know that:

    - Pain is not biomedical, it is biopsychosocial.
    - Tissue damage and pain aren’t correlated.
    - Critical to pain management is getting in touch with bodies and emotions.
    - Mental health practitioners are an integral part of a patient’s pain management team.

    Learn this and so much more on DanceWell Podcast’s 88th Episode: On Pain with pain psychologist, Dr. Rachel Zoffness, PhD.

    Get in touch with Dr. Zoffness:
    The Pain Management Workbook: https://www.amazon.com/Pain-Management-Workbook-Powerful-Mindfulness-ebook/dp/B084JJ926N/ref=nodl_
    Website: www.Zoffness.com
    Twitter: @drzoffness
    Instagram: @therealdoczoff

    Support DanceWell Podcast by donating - 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 87: Competition, Jealousy, and Rejection

    Episode 87: Competition, Jealousy, and Rejection

    All people experience a range of emotions in life, including dancers. However, training and professional practice often ask dancers to be hardworking, perseverant, and positive—sometimes even demanding that they smile no matter how they feel. As Kate Wilson LICSW and Miriam Rowan PsyD explain, dancers can become emotionally disoriented when they don’t acknowledge their true feelings. Our guests explain the risks that come from repressing difficult feelings, and they offer insights on how to reconnect to your emotional compass.

    Contact Kate Wilson LICSW at kate@bostonbmedicine.com
    And Dr. Miriam Rowan, PsyD at dr.miriamrowan@gmail.com

    Want to contribute to DanceWell Podcast? Follow this link to donate:
    www.gofundme.com/dancewell-podcas…son-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 1 min
    Episode 86: Turnout

    Episode 86: Turnout

    We know well that turnout is an integral part of the Western dance aesthetic. This month, we dedicate an episode to taking a deep dive on the very subject. Join us as physiotherapist Lisa Howell discusses where turnout comes from and what can limit it, the repercussions of forcing turnout, the subtleties of maximizing the range that you inherently have and much more.

    To learn more about Lisa or to see her class offerings, visit: www.theballetblog.com

    Support DanceWell Podcast by donating - 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

    • 54 min
    Episode 85: Who can dance en pointe?

    Episode 85: Who can dance en pointe?

    Historically, screenings were a method of gate keeping, and in many places today, they still are. Early selection for flexibility and certain proportions were used to determine who could dance at the Kirov and who could not, for example. In this already exclusive field, how many potentially great careers were dismissed too early on in a screening process? How many creative, innovations of dusty traditions were discouraged? In addition to thinking about who gets to wear pointe shoes, our guest, Jacqui Greene Haas, also touches on who constitutes a “Dance Educator”, and of course, the missing data in screenings, the importance of lower leg strength and a lot more that you may or may not expect!!

    Contact Jacqui Greene Haas:
    jacquigh5954@gmail.com

    Want to contribute to DanceWell Podcast? Follow this link to donate:
    www.gofundme.com/dancewell-podcas…son-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

    • 40 min
    Episode 84: Dance Bubbles

    Episode 84: Dance Bubbles

    In January 2021, Mirriam-Webster Dictionary added a handful of new words to its pages. Among them was the new definition for the word 'bubble.' Thanks to the pandemic, a bubble can be 'an area within which sports teams stay isolated from the general public... so as to prevent exposure to disease and that includes accommodations, amenities, and the location at which the games are held'.

    Bubbles, and the generous foundations and donors who support them, have been partially responsible for keeping dance companies creating and dancing. Logistically, there's a lot that goes into forming a bubble and to keeping it air-tight. On this episode of DanceWell Podcast, we invited Alison Deleget, MS, ATC and Will Zinser, MS, ATC of NYU Langone's Harkness Center for Dance Injuries to tell us all about what it takes to form a successful bubble.

    Support DanceWell Podcast by donating - 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

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Izzyrubygirl ,

Quitting Dance, Transitioning etc

This episode is not about quitting but speaks so beautifully about reinventing oneself. Can I give this a 10? Grand slam!

Tess Losada ,

What an amazing resource!

As a dancer, dance teacher, Pilates teacher, dance conditioning teacher - and as a human - I find this podcast helpful and fascinating!! Don’t miss out. Listen to it now!

Whitesnapper ,

Preventative is not a word

It’s preventive. Use that if you want to be respected in the medical community.

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