How Important Is Dance Expertise?

Interviews
Published in Pointe Magazine

Seeing a practitioner who’s familiar with ballet is ideal. If you live near a professional ballet company, find out who their dancers see.

However, depending on your insurance or location, this may not be possible. Dr. Selina Shah, MD, FACP, a physician who treats dancers from San Francisco Ballet School, suggests that you be prepared to “be a partner in the process.” You may need to do a bit of teaching by demonstrating steps and explaining class format. When dance-specific knowledge is not an option, a practitioner who is curious and open to learning about ballet can be a great health collaborator.

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