This course will cover current best evidence in the physical therapy management of the performing artist. Lecture material will cover current best practice on evaluation and functional screening, summarize the most prevalent injuries/conditions, and discuss application of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise strategies for the dance population. Lab sessions will emphasize manual therapy interventions, re-education of common movement patterns, and dance specific therapeutic exercise strategies.

Upcoming Courses


Day One:

  • 8:00a - 9:00: Subjective exam and clinical reasoning specific to the dancer.

  • 9:00 - 9:30: Biopsychosocial considerations and pain science

  • 9:30 - 10:30: Lab: Postural assessment/functional dance screen

  • 10:30-11:00: Biomechanics of porte de bras, common cervical spine/thoracic/UE dance injuries

  • 11:00 - 12:00p: Lab – cervical spine, thoracic spine palpation, mobilization

  • 12:00p - 1:00: Lunch

  • 1:00 - 1:30: Common partnering technique faults

  • 1:30 - 2:30: Lab-Cervicothoracic junction, mid thoracic manipulation

  • 2:30 - 3:30: Shoulder examination/common dance injuries

  • 3:30 - 5:00: Lab- dance specific therapeutic exercise for the upper quarter, thoracic and cervical spine. Neuromuscular re-education strategies for common movement patterns

Day Two:

  • 8:00a - 8:30: Patient expectation and HEP compliance and occupational demands of dance

  • 8:30 - 9:30: Evaluation of lumbar spine, pelvis and hip

  • 9:30 - 10:00: Biomechanics of proper turn-out and implications for injury.

  • 10:00 - 11:00: Lab – Manual therapy, mobilization, manipulation of lumbar spine and hip

  • 11:00 - 12:00p: Lab-Dance specific therapeutic exercise for the lumbar spine and hip

  • 12:00p - 1:00: Lunch

  • 1:00 - 1:30: Evaluation of the ankle/foot and knee of the dancer. Exploring en pointe.

  • 1:30 - 2:00: Common ankle/foot and knee dance injuries

  • 2:00 - 3:00: Lab – Manual therapy, mobilization, manipulation of the foot/ankle and knee

  • 3:00 - 4:00: Dance specific therapeutic exercise for the ankle/foot and kneen




  1. Perform a thorough evaluation using clinical practice guidelines and current best evidence to determine physical exam data collection

  2. Demonstrate proficiency in performing a standardized, dance specific screen to objectively evaluate movement patterns associated with injury risk in dancers.

  3. Understand the psychosocial factors that may predispose a dancer to injury and/or impair recovery from injury.

  4. Enhance knowledge of blending classic dance training philosophy and modern evidence based therapeutic exercise models to optimize performance and prevention of injury

  5. Demonstrate an excellent understanding of current best evidence in regards to manual therapy, thrust and non-thrust joint mobilization techniques, in the treatment of common dance injuries.

  6. Demonstrate proper technique with mobilization and thrust manipulation to the lower quarter and lumbar spine.

  7. Demonstrate proper technique with all dance specific exercises and their home exercise counter parts

  8. Understand basic programming principles to enhance performance and avoid training error that may result in preventable injury