Dance and the Human Form

Dance Pundit

I am a dancer. My body is my instrument. I take good care of it, it has treated me well. I have been dancing for the past twenty-five years. – Tim Persent

Oh how many dancers wish they could say that. As a dancer, your body is your craft and you are constantly walking the line between testing your limits while letting your body stay healthy. While dance is undoubtedly beautiful, it is painful and can involve a lot of sacrifice. A well-known saying is “no pain, no gain.” However, when does that mentality cross the line and put your body and health in danger? We all hope that dancers know when to “take a break” and let their bodies recover. Sadly, this is not always the case. We push ourselves. We perform in spite of the pain. We grin and bear it and hope that we do not cause irreparable…

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