Sunshine and Longer days!

I spoke to my big sis yesterday during our weekly Sunday Face Time chats and she exhausted the conversation early to get out and enjoy the rays of sunshine.  She lives in Alaska and was gloating over the longer days becoming more noticed.

This coming weekend we spring forward and  although we lose an hour of sleep – who cares, right?! An extra hour of sunlight moving closer to solstice day creates hope for the cold days to end (although here in KC we have had a seriously mild winter)!

What does longer days of sun mean for you? Here are my favs!

  • Flowers, flowers and more flowers!
  • Walks and hikes for a much greater span!
  • Corn hole and beer – just saying!
  • Vitamin D – healthy immune system!
  • Fresh fruits and Veggies!
  • Green Grass and Parks!
  • Water Slides, Water Parks, Water Rides, Water Fountains, Water Polo!

Now looking at the bottom right corner of my computer I see that it’s just March 6…Yikes, I may be a little overconfident here, although back to my point…Spring forward is this weekend so mark your calendars and sunlight feel free to shine on through!

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Heart Opener

One year into business at the GLORIOUS 75th and Antioch Performance Rehab location my partner, Kendra Gage, and I are continuing our mission to provide preventative and rehabilitative care to the dancer, gymnast and performing arts community of greater Kansas City. We are rewarded on a daily basis as another talented artist walks into the door with a smile on their face and leaves feeling hopeful, stronger, more mobile with a HUGE smile. We are fortunate to be trusted by such talented individuals and thankful for them keeping us on our toes.

Let me just geek here for a moment. . . Problem solving is sooooo much fun! This exercise I decided to focus on three main things!

  1. Heart  Opener
  2. Standing Leg and Pelvic Stability (in external rotation)
  3. Lengthening of Quadriceps, Iliacus and Psoas on working leg and strengthening of standing leg (opposition)

Now take a look at these lovely ladies demonstrating a 4th position turned out lunge from the reformer. When I asked them how they felt after completing this exercise, they gave me feedback that they immediately felt “more lifted out of their hips and more open in their chest.” The next day they told me they felt more stable in ballet class.

Enjoy these lovely ladies and if you are in the Kansas City community feel free to stop by!

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Exercise Show & Tell

Well, well, well! Hello from dancehealthier!  In preparation for my New Year’s resolution MEGA list, I’m making conscious thoughts (not yet written in concrete) of things to put on that list! A big one being write more blog entries! Anyone agree?

I apologize for my long hiatus from my weekly writing! It has been quite a 2016 for this author including:

1. New Job – Blinders ON! Well at least when the pregnancy brain allowed me to!

2. Clinic Opening – On January 11th, 2016 marked OPENING day of our Performance Rehab clinic, home of Kansas City Performing Arts Medicine Alliance.

3. BABY girl – Abrielle Jane Krutzkamp was born June 11, 2016 at 11:32 PM.  A sweetheart and a bundle of smiles and wiggly worms!

4. Obsession – Love at first sight with my baby girl of course.

5.  Back to the Grind – Expanding clientele and exercises to go along.

So I thought I would share with you on this Hump Day Wednesday an exercise show and tell courtesy of Kansas City Ballet dancer, Sarah Joan Smith. She makes it look quite beautiful!

Exercise 1: I call it “frog pulls!”

Step 1: Pilates Reformer. Lie on the long box with 1 Red Spring away from the foot bar at approximately the sternum. Choke up above the medal on the ropes and start with your arms in the “T position.” Place your legs in a frog position, externally rotated with the heals kissing.

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Step 2: Make sure your head is an extension of your spine and squeeze your heals together and lift the legs (keeping the same angle) thinking down, out and up.

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Step 3: Keeping the same position with your legs pull the straps towards your body initiating the movement with the sides of your back. Return back to starting position.

  • Repeat 10 times and complete 3 sets!

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Exercise 2: I call it “Killer hinge lifts!”

Step 1: Lay down supine on the Cadillac with your feet on top of the bar (bar should be grounded at top and attached by two long yellow springs from underneath). Legs should be in table top position (legs bent). Place the ring inside the legs above the knees. With a neutral spine lift up in one count hinging at the hip (versus rolling up/imprinting).

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Step 2: Achieve bridge position. In one count return to the supine starting position, visually thinking about gliding the femur (upper leg bone) down into the hip socket.

  • Repeat 10 times and complete 3 sets!

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So there you have it! Thanks for visiting and if you are in the Kansas City area come check us out at Performance Rehab! xo

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Take a peak!

How about a few beautiful pictures of Kansas City Dance Festival, which will  be premiering for the 4th consecutive year in summer, 2016. I do have to brag a bit, only because my handsome husband and awesome friend are the Artistic Directors. At a young age these “boys” are learning the ropes, taking risks, hiring exceptional choreography, and allowing dancers to be free to move – groove – grow – feed off other artists – and excel at all levels.

Dancers always want a few simple things. A positive atmosphere, challenging and popular choreography, and inspiration from other artists. A huge part of what KCDF is about is to create the most effective environment possible.  Nothing is better than that! Like Violette Verdy always said, “Dance is hard enough as it is.”

This year as general manager, I keep checking off the hefty “to do list”, especially before baby Krutzkamp is born. It’s just us three but thankfully we have an amazing board of directors, production staff, and supportive friends and family.

Check us out if you haven’t already and enjoy these photographs, all by our amazing head photographer, Philip Koenig.

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Dancer with new prosthetic leg dances on pointe!

There are always the wonderful stories of dance students making it professionally. They dedicate their lives to pursuing their dream, their art and their passion.  These stories alone captivate little girls hearts, admiring adults, and impresses wise elders.  Particularly these stories can be even more empowering due to the fact that it can take dancers 4 or 5 years post high school just to get into the corps de ballet. It’s an added struggle that dancers older than 28 or 30 didn’t have to deal with quite like they do today.

Stories motivate, inspire and keep us going.  Hearing everyone’s particular story is unique and empowering in itself, however sometimes there a few that reach just that little bit more.

Here is one in particular that I thought you may like to watch.  She is a strong young lady! Enjoy the weekend coming and hope you come back for more!