100 episodes

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 • 24 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 96: Spirituality

    Episode 96: Spirituality

    In this episode, we speak with interfaith minister, Reverend Nafisa Sharriff, about spirituality. What is spirituality, how does it look or feel, and why does it matter? Plus, we touch on how spirituality interacts with the life experiences of a dancer. This thoughtful and warm interview is DanceWell's first exploring spirituality as a facet of holistic dancer wellness.

    To learn more about Reverend Nafisa Sharriff visit: www.ethoh.org
    Follow her on Instagram: @enteringtheholyofholies
    Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nafisa.sharriff

    Host: Ellie Kusner
    Co-Founders: Ellie Kusner and Marissa Schaeffer
    Website: www.dancewellpodcast.com
    Email: DanceWellPodcast@gmail.com
    Introduction Soundscape: Brendan Berry and Dylan Ezzie
    Visual Web Image: Katie Dean

    • 45 min
    Episode 95: Dancing at Sea

    Episode 95: Dancing at Sea

    Traveling the world is a joy, but dancing on a cruise ship also brings a unique set of challenges from unfamiliar sleep situations, to limited food choices, to mechanical stages, not to mention that the theater itself is in continuous motion!! On Episode 95: Dancing at Sea, Yenwen Kuo interviews physiotherapist (and former performer) Alexander McKinven. These experienced cruise ship workers discuss the culture, injury risks, and health concerns associated with ship life. McKinven offers several helpful tips for how to stay well while dancing on the high seas.

    Learn more about Alexander McKinven at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-mckinven-560a79a8/?originalSubdomain=uk
    Tweet Alexander McKivnen: @ACPSEMdance
    Learn more about Yenwen Kuo at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yenwenkuo/

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

    • 35 min
    Episode 94: In-Season Cross-Training

    Episode 94: In-Season Cross-Training

    When the dancers of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater came back to the studio in September 2020 after the Covid-19 shutdown, everyone knew there was a lot of work to be done to get the dancers back into performance shape. In the year leading up to their first in-person season since the start of the pandemic, the dancers engaged in various forms of cross-training curated by artistic staff, the physical therapy department and others in the Ailey community. In the fall of 2021, there was one more big push to get the dancers ready for stage. Listen as Mr. Matthew Rushing, Dr. Sheyi Ojofeitimi, Dr. Marissa Schaeffer, Andrew Schaeffer and Antoine Simmons detail that final push and discuss the logistics, challenges and triumphs of packing cross-training into a busy season.

    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
    Visual Image: Katie Dean

    • 57 min
    Episode 93: Measurement in Dance

    Episode 93: Measurement in Dance

    Join our first DanceWell Podcast guest host, Gregory Youdan, MA, MS, as he interviews returning guest, Elizabeth (Betsy) Coker, EdD! These two dance scientists will discuss the necessity of measurement in dance and go on to discuss the utility of portable tech, balance, their research and more.

    Learn more about Betsy Coker at: www.betsycoker.com.
    Learn more about Gregory Youdan at: http://www.gregoryyoudan.com/

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

    • 56 min
    Episode 92: Food and Mood

    Episode 92: Food and Mood

    During the pandemic, Registered Dietitian Kristin Koskinen has found that many dancers are interested in learning how they can help combat some of the stress and anxiety in our current world climate with the foods or eating behaviors they choose. In this episode, Kristin explains some of the ways that food influences our mood, and how these affects may vary depending on an individual’s preferences, genetics, or past experiences. We caution again obsessive thinking surrounding food and mood, and we discuss a fan favorite topic: what should you eat before a show?

    Email Kristin at: kristin@eatwellpros.com
    Follow her on Instagram: @kristin_koskinen_rdn
    Learn more at her Website: www.eatwellpros.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
    Visual Image: Katie Dean

    • 47 min
    Episode 91: NDI: Bringing positivity, empowerment and collaboration into every studio

    Episode 91: NDI: Bringing positivity, empowerment and collaboration into every studio

    National Dance Institute (NDI) was founded in 1976 by former NYCB principal dancer Jacques d'Amboise with the mission to "use dance as a catalyst to engage children and motivate them toward excellence" (http://nationaldance.org/NDI_at_a_Glance.pdf). Nearly 50 years later, NDI serves thousands of children each week, hosts teacher trainings and workshops both nationally and internationally to further this mission. In this episode of DanceWell Podcast, Emily Meisner, Director of NDI Collaborative for Teaching & Learning, talks about how NDI can help every dancer teacher to bring positivity, empowerment and collaboration into the dance classroom.

    Learn more about NDI by visiting www.nationaldance.org or www.NDIcollaborative.org

    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
    Visual Image: Katie Dean

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 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!

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Preventative is not a word

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

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