Episode 18: The Gyrotonic Expansion System® for the Dancer

Originally called Yoga for Dancers, The Gyrotonic Expansion System® was started by Juliu Horvath in the late 1980s. Today, it is practiced by dancers across the world both on and off equipment. Join us on this episode of DanceWell Podcast as California-based Gyrotonic trainer Allie Christensen discusses how The Gyrotonic Expansion System® can help dancers …

Episode 17: Resistance Training–When and How Much

In this episode, fitness expert, Lindsay Fisher Viatori MFA discusses the importance of resistance training for dancers. She chats about how dancers can lift a lot more than they realize, the value of old fashioned moves like squats and deadlifts, plus how to avoid overtraining. Lindsay encourages listeners to explore strength training, an activity that …

Episode 16: Fueling the Dancing Body: Macronutrients, Meal Planning, Food Prep and More

We've all heard the adage 'you are what you eat,' but did you ever stop to think what that really means? In this information-dense episode, Emily C Harrison MS, RD, LD, discusses just how our body uses macronutrients to support our body's physiologic processes and perform at its best. She also delves into the importance …

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Episode 15: The Institution’s Duty to Supporting Dancers’ Mental Health

There are many tools that an individual can use to maintain mental health, several of which have been discussed on DanceWell Podcast already. However, in Episode 15, clinical psychologist, Lilian Araujo, PhD explains that institutions and organizations--schools, companies, and programs--also have a duty to design themselves in a way that is conducive to the psychological …

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 …