Listening to Pain, an article commentary

Listening to Pain for a Longer Dance Career.

This is definitely something I wish dance instructors touched more on and that dancers knew more about.  The times I’ve seen fellow dancers’ faces constricted in pain is innumerable, as well as the moments I’ve heard a dance instructor say something like, “Dance hurts, get over it.”  Pain is the body’s way of saying, “Whoa now, something’s wrong here!”  So why is pain almost…glorified?  Such questions are like the Tootsie Pop of dance: how much hurt will performers take before injury prevention is stressed?  The world may never know.

A great article by the amazing Monika Volkmar.  If you haven’t checked out her website,, you totally should.


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