Dance Screening

Dance Screening

Article by Nadine Stewart

Dance Screening Information

Q: What is Dance Screening?

A: Dance screening is the process of using several clinical tests to gain information on a dancer’s strength, flexibility, a dancer’s posture, coordination, movement patterns, and technique.

Q: Why is Screening So Important for Dancers?

A: Screening is crucial for dancers, as the information obtained allows your physiotherapist to highlight what you, as a dancer, does well and what you may need to improve. You can then utilise this information to optimise your dance capacity and assist with preventing injury.  Less injury downtime improves a dancer’s ability to participate in full training and performance.

Q: What Type of Dance Screening Should You Seek?

A: At PhysioWorks, our dance physiotherapists offer three types of dance screening options depending on your individual needs:

1. General Musculoskeletal Dance Screening

The purpose of this general musculoskeletal dance screening service is to highlight any areas of tightness, weakness or concern that may predispose individual dancers to injury.

Allow 1-2 hours, depending on the dancer requirements.

2. Pre Pointe Screening Assessment

A Pre-Pointe Screening assessment aims to highlight any areas of tightness, weakness or concern that may predispose individual dancers to injury when transitioning to work en pointe. Ankle impingement syndrome is just one condition that an inappropriate transition to en pointe can cause.

Allow 1-2 hours, depending on the dancer requirements.

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3. Tertiary Dance Assessment (TDCA)

A Tertiary Dance Assessment (as per the Tertiary Dance Council of Australia, TDCA) will identify any areas of tightness, weakness or concern that may predispose individual dancers to injury when transitioning to study dance in a tertiary institution.

Allow 40-mins.

Q: Are the Dance Screening Physio Sessions Claimable Under Private Health Insurance?

A: Yes. Please bring your private health card with you so we can process the claim.

Q: What Do You Wear to a Dance Screening Session?

A: Please wear clothes that you can move around freely in.

Q: What Do You Bring to a Dance Screening Session?

A: Please bring your dance shoes (pointe shoes, ballet flats, jazz or tap shoes) and private health card with you to the dance screening session.

Q: When Do You Receive Your Assessment Results?

A: After your screening session, your PhysioWorks dance physiotherapist will analyse your results and will organise to email them to you within three business days. We do this after your visit to save you time. Your PhysioWorks dance physiotherapist can also forward your results to your dance instructor should you choose.

Q: What is the Cost of a Dance,  Pre Pointe or TDCA Session?

A: Dance assessment costs do vary depending on the complexity of the results that you seek. To simplify things, PhysioWorks has developed packages that include multiple levels of service.

Q. What are the Dance Assessment Packages Available at PhysioWorks?

Service Type

Duration
TERTIARY DANCE ASSESSMENT – Dance Screen – Short Report 0:40
BRONZE – Dance Screen or Pre-Pointe Screen – Results from Analysis- Results Report Summary 0:60
SILVER – Dance Screen or Pre-Pointe Screen – Results from Analysis- Results Report Summary- Personalised Home Exercise Program 1:20
GOLD – Dance Screen or Pre-Pointe Screen – Results from Analysis- Results Report Summary- Personalised Home Exercise Program- Follow up consultation to go through the results and personalised home exercise program.

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