5Sep, 2015

Are you ready for pointe shoes?

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Are you ready for pointe shoes? A Guide to Pointe Readiness Traditionally the best criteria for determining if a dancer is ready to go en pointe have been age (12 years old) and good technique, however, recent scientific studies have found that there are many different levels of development and skill in the 12 to 15 year old age group. Many factors can change how an artist develops as a dancer like number of years trained, their commitment to mastering technique, and cross-training. Because there are so many variables in […]

12Sep, 2014

“My foot hurts…”

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  “My foot hurts…” Understanding common foot pain afflicting dancers   “in my arch, especially in the morning” Plantar Fasciitis is an overuse injury where the fibrous tissue along the arch connecting the heel to the toes becomes inflamed and painful. Dancers will likely feel more pain in the morning, after class, or after wearing high heels. Causes: Tight Achilles tendons, tightness in the calves, fallen arches, or dancing on hard surfaces Treatment: Rest and ice, massage the arch with a frozen water bottle or golf ball, stretch the Achilles and […]