Dancers Are Athletes

Interviews
Published in Diablo Ballet Blog

Do you think dancers are recognized as athletes? Do you think they are paid fairly and receive the medical treatment and health education they need? And that professional dance is as popular as professional basketball or baseball? If you answered no to any of those questions then you understand some of the struggles that many dancers face.

Meet Dr. Selina Shah, professional dancer and physician in dance and sports medicine. Dr. Shah is the official physician for Diablo Ballet, among other dance companies and schools and is the Medical Director of Dance Medicine for the Center for Sports Medicine, seeing patients in San Francisco and in the East Bay. She has combined her passion for medicine with her personal experience as a professional dancer to bring together comprehensive programs that are changing the face of dance medicine. When talking about professional dancers, Dr. Shah states, “Some of them put their bodies through more than basketball players and get paid a fraction of what they do.” …

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