Dance is an art form that requires not only creativity and skill but also physical and mental discipline. Dancers must maintain a rigorous training regimen that can take a toll on their bodies and minds. To help combat this, the University of Arizona School of Dance recently hosted their first “active recovery day” to promote holistic wellness for its dancers.
The day featured a series of workshops and classes led by experts in their respective fields, all aimed at preventing injuries and improving recovery. Assistant Professor Hayley Meier kicked off the day with a Pilates class, emphasizing the importance of isolating small muscle groups and intrinsic muscles that dancers utilize in technique classes. Meier also led a meditation workshop, highlighting the benefits of taking time to focus on mental health and rest alongside physical exercise.
Kristin Miller, the athletic trainer for the School of Dance, led a foam rolling and breathing workshop, stressing the importance of soft tissue myofascial release and diaphragmatic breathing for injury prevention and recovery. Miller also emphasized the significance of rest, especially after an intense few weeks of rehearsals.
The day wrapped up with Jenna Bobroski, the nutritionist for the School of Dance, leading a nutrition information session discussing the importance of protein intake for recovery. Bobroski advised the dancers to consume protein throughout the day to start the recovery process, rather than waiting until dinner.
Overall, the University of Arizona School of Dance’s active recovery day showcased its commitment to taking care of its dancers’ physical and mental health. By offering classes and workshops aimed at preventing injuries and improving recovery, the school is ensuring that its students are able to perform at their best while also staying healthy and happy. This focus on holistic wellness is not only beneficial for dancers but also sets a positive example for the wider dance community.
Article and Video by: Nathaniel Urie