(i hope MAGGIE doesn't mind that i have transferred her post over here from another thread. sorry, maggie, for confusing the issue by starting 2 related threads at the same time.
)<P>>>>posted by Maggie, member, May 19, 2000 04:40 PM <P>I don't believe that I was referring to dancers taking dance classes w/other teachers.That would be another discussion. <P>I was referring to cross-training such as pilates, gyrotonics, or even yoga, if some dancers choose, although I feel that pilates followed by gyrotonics would be more specific to a dancer's cross training. <P>What often seems to happen is that a dancer injures his/herself and goes to a doctor. The doctor will refer to a physical therapist, or if knowledgable, to a good pilates teacher also. Sometimes the physical therapist needs to do work before the dancer is ready for further movement therapy. <P>The aforementioned teacher then retrains the dancer so that she or he can return to class and performing, hopefully with some new tools to help prevent becoming re-injured. If dancer's supplemented their training with one of the appropriate modalities, perhaps the rate of injury would go down. I would'nt expect it to disappear completely since dance is such a strenuous art form, but prevention is always better than having to recover from injury.