Overcoming Limitations in Performing Arts

Rise Above Them and Be Excellent

Overcoming LImitations

I have a friend, Merry Lynn, who is a dance professor. She is a beautiful dancer and an extremely talented dance educator and researcher. She also is the inventor of a fascinating device called the Rolling Dance Chair. Her project has an incredible personal back story that came from tragedy in her family when she was a young girl. However, I want to focus here on how Merry Lynn’s passion for overcoming limitations can help you overcome limitations, too.

A Dancer’s Anatomy Signature

The Reason You Are You!

Anatomy Signature graphic

Anatomy Signature™ is the term I coined several years ago to describe the unique design of one’s body. I wanted to help dancers I worked with be more satisfied with themselves. Basically, your Anatomy Signature™ makes you you! You are specially designed and valuable because of it.

Not all dancers have an Anatomy Signature™ that is ideal to be a prima ballerina or principal dancer…in fact, very few do. However, that should not keep them from enjoying dancing and trying to advance through the dance world as far as they can without physically or emotionally destroying themselves. I discuss this concept a lot in my performing arts health and kinesiology classes; the evidence that it resonates with students shows in both their faces and comments…

Keep Your Performing Bones Healthy

It's Not Just Your Grandmother's Problem!

standing foot xray bone health

Bone health is incredibly important for everyone. But, this is especially true for performing and production artists. Poor bone structure can lead to stress fractures, osteoporosis, and other bone conditions. These are not just problems for your grandmother! Almost everyone can be at risk for poor bone health.

Several factors put performers generally at higher risk of skeletal problems, and dancers most of all. The high percentage of females in dance and their frequent focus on body image brings other challenges. These include the related issues of low energy availability from a restricted diet, low body weight, and menstrual irregularities, all of which are inter-related and contribute to lowered bone density…