March 11, 2023 | DanceNerd
Featuring Guest Lecturer Amy Anderson | Injury Prevention for Today’s Pre-Professional Dancers
This event is in-person at Colorado Conservatory of Dance
3001 Industrial Lane #12
Broomfield, CO 80020
March 11, 2023 – Amy Anderson
Amy Anderson – Injury Prevention for Today’s Pre-Professional Dancers
What is happening now in the lifestyles of young dancers? How do we find balance between school, dance classes, competitions, performances, auditions, cross-training…. The list goes on and on. In this lecture, Amy Anderson will discuss what she sees in the clients that she works with and give some tips and suggestions for better and safer performance and technique across disciplines. How do we prepare early for the different stresses on the body due to a complicated schedule? What times of year are the highest risk for injury? How can we train with injury prevention in mind and how do we bounce back when injuries happen?
Bio: Amy Anderson has been a professional dancer in Denver, Colorado, over 25 years. She was trained at Colorado Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet (all on scholarship). Amy also trained extensively throughout Europe. She has performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet, as a soloist with Colorado Ballet, a principal dancer with David Taylor Dance Theatre, Colorado Repertory Dance Company, and the Jan Justis Dance Company. Amyretired from David Taylor Dance Theatre in 1998 after 15 years and is currently a freelance dancer/choreographer. She also taught and performed Argentine Tango with Parasol Arts. Summer of 2018, Amy created her own project, a Walking Tour Production “Shoes” with much acclaim and will be continuing productions every summer. Amy has a Bachelor’s Degree in dance from Loretto Heights College and has been a dance instructor for 30 years. In addition, she directed the David Taylor Ballet School and continues to teach Injury Prevention courses at local area Professional Summer Intensives. She has performed in the public schools with her own lecture demo workshop “How to Make a Dance” sponsored by the Denver Ballet Guild and Young Audiences Inc. After a serious dance-related injury in 1990, Amy began her studies as a Pilates Instructor with an emphasis on dance medicine and rehabilitation, the method in which she was rehabilitated herself. She became certified by St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco in 1991 and worked in this field as a member of Healthsouth (formerly Englewood Physical Therapy). In 1996, she moved to Colorado Center for Physical Therapy where she worked as a Dance Medicine specialist in chronic pain (for 13 years) as well as teaching and managing the Pilates and Yoga studio, Motion on Mainstreet, owned by Colorado Center for Physical Therapy. She started her private practice, Engage Movement Arts in 2008 which is housed the Denver Dance Center. She continues today as well as working on the medical team at Colorado Ballet. Amy also teaches Dance Injury Prevention workshops at area Dance Schools as well as teaching Rehabilitative Pilates workshops. Amy taught the Anatomy in Clay® System (2012-2017) with her husband, professional dancer, Gregory Gonzales for five years.