A healthy body is a dancer’s most important tool! A dance screen is ideally done at the beginning of a season, hopefully before any injuries make themselves known. It’s an opportunity to identify any areas of weakness, assess change from the previous season and set goals for the coming year. It’s also a great way to foster communication between dancers, parents, and teachers.
Dance screenings are becoming common among many intensive programs and professional companies are are recommended by Healthy Dancer Canada and the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.
Assessments include: posture, strength, balance, movement patterns, and flexibility. A general medical screen is also done. Healthy Dancer Canada has a more detailed outline of a dance screen here.
I see dancers for screening in the clinic and in the studio. Are you a studio owner or teacher? Contact me for more information about setting up assessments for larger groups at your studio! Dance screenings with a Registered Physiotherapist are covered by most extended benefits plans.
Starting pointe work is an exciting milestone in classical ballet training. It also happens to be an unnatural activity that can lead to potential injuries. A pre-pointe assessment with a Registered Physiotherapist can help determine a dancer’s readiness to begin pointe work. As well as focusing on the range of motion and strength in the ankle and foot, it examines core stability, turnout, and alignment.
Following the assessment, a report is prepared outlining the findings and conditioning recommendations for a dancer’s parents and instructors. If a dancer is not quite ready to begin pointe work, exercises specific to a dancer’s challenging areas will be given and a re-assessment can take place at a later time.
I see dancers for pre-pointe assessments in the clinic and in the studio. Are you a studio owner or teacher? Contact me for more information about setting up pre-pointe assessments for larger groups at your studio! Pre-pointe assessments with a Registered Physiotherapist are covered by most extended benefits plans.