As each generation navigates through and beyond their prime years in the dance industry, a select few get the yearning to structure development programs that help prepare and produce the next wave of talented dancers.
The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) held an inaugural Dance and Wellness Intensive on March 20 and 21 on its campus in Valencia. The intensive was curated by the School of Dance administrators and faculty to provide their students with exposure to performing arts health professionals and wellness experts to compliment and balance the high level of training offered in technique, performance, choreography, and production. When I got the request to teach for the intensive, I was so excited to hear that my alma mater was joining the wellness wave and providing students with access to dancer health resources that I knew I had to cover the event for NoHoArtsDistrict.com.
I’m inspired to call out to our community to encourage and insist that we get more involved in the organizations that are out there to support the few, the mighty, the dancers! As a young dancer, I wish I had known more about the resources out there that are advocating for every aspect of our field. As a body worker for performing artists, I am so thankful for these fellow practitioners and their research and clinical studies. As a dance advocate, I am amazed at how dedicated teachers can be to their students in spreading the love and art of dance. This bug of inspiration bit me at a local conference I attended two weeks ago.