Dance Injury Prevention: Technique and
Ruth Solomon's short course in
dance technique and injury prevention addresses those two
aspects of dance training through a combination of slide
lectures and hands-on instruction. Each lecture presents
the basic principles of injury prevention, treatment, and
rehabilitation of a different region of the body--spine,
pelvis, hip, knee, ankle, and foot--emphasizing how the
anatomy of that region affects, and is in turn affected
by, the movements common to dance. These principles are
then applied in a technique class, demonstrating how to
avoid such problems as "grinding or snapping hip"
syndrome, tendinitis, and stress fractures.
As a choreographer Ruth Solomon
offers new works made on your dancer(s), or repertory
from her large selection of solos and group pieces.
Her musical interests run mostly to 20th century
composers (e.g. Poulenc and Stravinsky, George Crumb and
William Bolcolm, or composers/musicians who can work with
her as the piece is being set and play their music "live"
for performance). Scenic, costume, and lighting designs
are conceived by Ms. Solomon in collaboration with the
available staff. Her pieces often incorporate vocalized
sound and literary text as elements in a dance-theater
production. Videotapes are available upon
Workshop: Anatomy as a
Master Image in Training Dancers
This workshop presentation uses
anatomical terms and images to involve the participants
in identifying, isolating, aligning, and strengthening
essential body parts. All of the exercises have to do
with imaging the flow of motion through the bones, while
utilizing the muscles--especially the psoas--for
Session 1: Showing excerpts (30
minutes) from the video, Anatomy as a Master Image in
Training Dancers, followed by teaching that material
in a technique class format (total time required: one and
one-half or two hours).
Session 2: A slide lecture on
preventing dance injuries, their treatment, and some
rehabilitative techniques (or a slide lecture on the
latest research in dance injuries and how these findings
can be directly applied to the technique
Session 3: Further development of
the concepts presented in the first session (movement
Additional session(s) can be either
technique or lectures covering specific anatomical
regions (knee, spine, ankle & foot, etc.).
Slide Lecture: Some Risk
Factors in the Etiology of Dance
Dance injuries usually result from
interaction among identifiable risk factors. Hence, those
who attend to the medical needs of dancers, those who
train them, and dancers themselves should develop a
holistic view of the etiology of dance injuries. This
lecture introduces as many of these risk factors as time
Slide Lecture: Applied
Research in Dance Technique
This presentation utilizes Ms.
Solomon's research in dance medicine and science to
illustrate how the findings of this field can be applied
in teaching dance technique.