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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Dare to be

Dare to be:

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

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When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine the light.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

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When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When something doesn’t work, dare to try it again.

When all you want to do is give up, dare to keep moving forward.

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When another is lost, dare to help them find their way.

When a friend falls, dare the be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can be – one step at a time.

Dare to dancehealthier.

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1st Photograph: My family.

2nd Photograph: Alexander Peters from Pennsylvania Ballet before Rubies Pas de deux.

3rd Photograph: My parents steeeeeeeeep climb.  They are over 60, I’ll just say!

4th Photograph: Myself before my last entrance. Retirement. Four Temperaments.