Episode 13: Managing Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety can be both psychologically motivating and physically debilitating. Tune in as Catherine Drury, LCSW describes stress in its many forms and introduces ways in which dancers can manage both in and out of the studio. Visit the Dancers’ Resource at the Actors Fund home page: https://actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/dancers-resource. Get in touch with Catherine by …

Episode 11: An Introduction to Mental Health and Wellness for Dancers

To begin DanceWell's celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, we talk with Catherine Drury, the social worker for the Dancers’ Resource at the Actors Fund, about some of the important facets of mental health for dancers. Join us as we discuss when to reach out for support, the most opportune time for the deepest work, …

Episode 10: Treating Mind and Body with Zero Balancing

Zero Balancing is described as, "a mind-body therapy that uses skilled touch to address the relationship between energy and structure within the body." (www.zerobalancing.com/about) Paula Macali, who has worked with dancers in various capacities throughout her career, explains more about the key principals of Zero Balancing and how she uses this form of bodywork to help …

Episode 9: Osteopathic Medicine for Dancers

What is osteopathic medicine? What can doctors of osteopathy offer dancers that other health care professionals cannot? Tune in to this episode to listen to Asad Siddiqi DO, FAAPMR, CAQSM answer these questions and discuss his research in dance medicine. Get in touch with Dr. Siddiqi by visiting: http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/rehab/profile/arsiddiqi Host: Marissa Schaeffer DanceWell Founders: Ellie …

Episode 6: Hypermobility, A Quest for Stability

In many forms of dance, joints that move through a large range of motion are admired and adored by dancers, choreographers, teachers, and audiences alike. However, extreme mobility comes with challenges that are not always recognized or appreciated. In Episode 6, Jessica Lassiter, DPT, discusses hypermobility. She explains what it is, why it can lead …

Episode 5: Pilates for Dancers

How does pilates help improve a dancer's technical performance? What makes pilates a unique choice for dancers? Join us on this episode as DanceWell Podcast's co-host and co-founder, Ellie Kusner, talks about how pilates can benefit dancers of all ages. Get in touch with Ellie by emailing her at elliekusner@gmail.com or visit her website at www.elliekusner.com Host: Marissa …