Performing Arts Medicine

Performing artists, whether dancers, gymnasts, figure skaters, or musicians, put incredible demands on their bodies and therefore have unique physical therapy needs.

At Body Dynamics, we have extensive experience rehabilitating recreational, pre-professional, and professional performers as well as helping them prevent future injuries and enhance their performance capabilities.

We routinely provide backstage physical therapy services and coordinate on-call orthopedic support for major dance, theater, and Broadway companies on tour in the Washington area. We currently direct the Health and Wellness Program at The Washington Ballet and The Washington School of Ballet, provide backstage support to Arena Stage and Kennedy Center productions, and biannually we coordinate symposia in conjunction with local orthopedists, dance instructors, and other experts in performing arts medicine.

In addition to physical therapy we offer evaluations, private training, and workshops for:

  • Correcting problems in classical dance technique
  • Cross-training essentials
  • Dance-specific Pilates training
  • Dance for gymnasts training
  • Injury prevention and management
  • Placement and turnout for dancers
  • Pointe readiness
  • Pre-season dance screening
  • Skating-specific Pilates training
  • Stretching for maximum effect
  • Warm-up for dancers

Body Dynamics is proud to have worked with the leadership and performers of:

  • Alvin Ailey
  • Arena Stage
  • Bowen McCauley Dance
  • Cats
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem
  • FELA! (National Tour)
  • Footloose
  • Hubbard Street Dance
  • Joffrey Ballet
  • Louisville Ballet
  • Metropolitan Opera
  • Les Misérables (National Tour)
  • National Symphony Orchestra
  • New York City Ballet
  • Oklahoma! (Arena Stage)
  • Paul Taylor
  • Pennsylvania Ballet
  • Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Sophisticated Ladies (Arena Stage)
  • Twyla Tharp
  • Universal Ballet
  • U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team
  • The Washington Ballet and the Washington School of Ballet