Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bye Bye Performink in Print

Sad day, the June 19th issue of Performink will be its last one in print. They're going the way of lots of newspapers and appearing only online. I got my letter in the mail today announcing the change and the updating of their website. A fancier website will be great, but I'll miss being able to cut out the audition notices and tape them in my planner...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Just Cast!

I usually like to wait until the contact is signed before I announce my upcoming shows, but I couldn't resist. I was just cast as Lee, Jackie Onasis/Kennedy's sister in "Jackie, An American Life." It's running weekends in September. Visit the Theatre Hikes website for more info!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Dance Injuries...

I was google-ing dance injuries while icing my ankles and found this great article from NYU. Read the full text here.

Top Ten Prevention tips for dancers

1. Proper training and teaching are essential to allow dancers of all ages to develop their skills without injury.
2. Take adequate rest to allow the body to heal itself from daily wear and tear
3. Maintain energy levels by eating and drinking adequately.
4. Conditioning and strengthening of the leg muscles that support the arch are crucial.
5. Try to avoid dancing on hard or uneven surfaces, which could cause injury.
6. Take care of your shoes!
7. Dancers should adopt new training schedules slowly.
8. Although not always possible when dancing, but more so off stage or out of class, wear supportive footwear, and if you need to wear orthotics, wear them as often as possible.
9. If dancers perform excessive pointe or demi-pointe work one day, they should focus on other types of work during the next workout.
10. Early recognition of symptoms is important. Stop activity if pain or swelling occurs. If the pain persists after a few days rest, consult a sports-medicine physician