American Ballet Theatre is proud to announce the publication of
The Healthy Dancer - ABT Guidelines for Dancer Health. This
comprehensive, easy-to-follow manual provides sound advice for dance
teachers, parents and students, addressing the needs of young dancers
and athletes, both pre-professional and recreational. Compiled by
medical professionals from the fields of sports medicine, nutrition,
physical therapy and orthopedics, the focus is on ballet training,
but the advice is applicable to all types of dance and sports.
American Ballet Theatre assembled a Medical
Advisory Board to assist with writing health guidelines for
the ABT National Training Curriculum.
After receiving great feedback from teachers and dance advocates
about the larger importance of this portion of the curriculum, it
became apparent that wider distribution and publication was important
for the health of young dancers across the United States and beyond.
Part 1 presents an overview of anatomy and kinesiology with a particular
focus on injury prevention and recovery. There are clear diagrams
that relate anatomy to dance and illustrate common dance injuries.
Turnout and introduction of pointe work is also discussed.
Part 2 offers advice specific to the development and health of
the young dancer, addressing phases of development, the role of
the teacher and parent for each stage, psychological and emotional
factors of dance training, nutrition and recommendations for healthy
strength and flexibility training.
Part 3 focuses on risk management and recommendations for teachers
to create a healthy training environment, outlining recommended
safety policies and practices for dance studios.
your copy today!
The Healthy Dancer - ABT Guidelines for Dancer Health is
published by Macfadden Performing Arts Media and is available for
purchase on our website, in the ABT Gift Shop, for $20.