Dance Program

Dance Program

“Dancing is more than just moving body parts: it is a pathway of expressing your deepest inner thoughts.” ~ Normani Kordei

I’m injured, now what? Is my dance career over?

No, your dance career is not over, but as dancers we tend to ignore injuries for the sake of dance. However, not addressing injuries quickly and efficiently tends to lead to worsening of the injury and then correlates with longer periods of pain and a more difficult recovery. Therefore, we advocate for early intervention in order to catch issues quickly and avoid any period of not being able to participate in the activity you love, dance.

Within this program we focus on:

  • Functional movements
  • Static/dynamic functional tests
  • Strength/flexibility
  • Taking into account medical history

Commonly Asked Questions Dancers have with Physical Therapy

Learn more about our dance program, treatments, its stages, and what to expect.

Will I have to stop dancing?

At Premier Physical Therapy our dance program focuses on allowing the dancer to stay active in class, as long as they can do it safely without further injury and focus on rehabbing specifically to the individual.

What will my treatment consist of?

This specialized plan of care will consist of manual therapy techniques including:
  • Soft tissue intervention
  • Myofascial mobilization
  • Joint mobilization where indicated
  • Neuromuscular retraining
  • Targeted exercises specific to dance

What happens when I am done with Physical Therapy?

Our goal for you when you graduate from either of our programs, is to ensure long-term success in your dance career. When done with physical therapy, you will have the necessary balance between strength and flexibility that allows you to grow as a dancer, artist, and athlete.

What is a Pointe Readiness Program?

Our Pointe Readiness program will encourage dancers to strengthen in a manner that allows a safe transition to Pointe. This will make developing Pointe skills much more enjoyable for everyone.

Is there a Therapist who understands me as a dancer?

Our specialty-trained therapist, Alecia, has a passion for treating dancers as she, herself, is a dancer. She has been dancing for 23+ years, has been dancing sur la Pointe for 15+ years, and has worked as a dance instructor. Her passion for returning these athletes to their highest level of performance, with full injury recovery and prevention of future injuries, is evident in the results that she achieves.

What are common injuries we see with dancers?

  • Hip injuries:
    • Snapping hip syndrome or dancer’s hip
    • Hip impingement
    • Labral tears
    • Hip flexor tendonitis
    • Hip bursitis
    • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Foot and ankle injuries:
    • Achilles tendonitis
    • Trigger toe
    • Ankle impingement
    • Ankle sprains
  • Knee injuries:
    • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Stress fractures:
    • Metatarsals
    • Tibia
    • Sesamoids
    • Lumbar spine
  • Dancers are also likely to develop arthritis in the knee, hip, ankle, and foot
  • You don't have to have an injury to be in pain. We will treat you even if discomfort is your only complaint.