Interesting article in The Guardian on how modern dancers are taking to the gym to use sport science and strength and conditioning products in their training regime, boosting performance and reducing injuries.
Could new science and high-tech training protect dancers from the injuries that end so many of their careers far too early?
“At the Royal Opera House in London, home of the Royal Ballet, art is fusing with science to revolutionise the way dancers prepare. In the glass-panelled healthcare suite, ballerinas are standing on high-tech force platforms which analyse their leg power, and gripping barbells fitted with linear encoders to track their lifting velocity. This is how modern dancers fortify their joints and boost the dazzling height of their grands jetés…………..”