Teaming up to keep our dancers healthy
Injuries can be devastating to a dancer, so having access to preventative therapy services whenever they’re needed is crucial for these high performing athletes.
River Valley Health, one of Edmonton’s most established sports therapy and rehabilitation clinics, offers our dancers massage, chiropractic, acupuncture and other therapy backstage before Edmonton performances and on-site treatment if they need it during and after the show. They also offer treatment during performance weeks at their clinic.
Alberta Ballet dancer Hayna Gutierrez, who’s performed in demanding roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Nutcracker and several others in her nine years with the Company, says having these services available to her is vital to keeping her body performance ready.
“When you go on stage, you want to have people around you who you trust,” she said. “Dancing requires a lot of discipline and self-care. To be able to do what we do, if we aren’t healthy, would be impossible.”
Dr. Marcy Lampshire from River Valley Health says understanding the physical demands unique to dance is key to keeping our dancers healthy when they step on stage. Dancers are high performance athletes, and understanding both the unique strength and flexibility demands, as well as the specific biomechanical loads a dancer experiences, are what set River Valley Health apart from other facilities in Edmonton.