Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger.
Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger
Robin Kish & Jennie Morton
Princeton Book Company
614 Route 130, Highstown, NJ 08520
9780871273970, $39.95, PB, 368pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Based on the latest scientific research, "Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger" by Robin Kish and Jennie Morton offers a complete conditioning program to help dancers improve technique and lessen the danger of injury. By presenting general principles of injury prevention as well as specific exercises for increasing strength and flexibility, "Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger" provides information that dancers of all ages and skill levels can use to improve performance. Common problems are discussed in a question and answer format. "Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger" also gives a thorough overview of anatomy and exercise physiology.
Critique: Exceptionally well organized and presented, and featuring numerous black-and-white photographic illustrations throughout, "Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended curriculum textbook for private dance academy or public school dance classes, as well as the personal DIY reading lists of any and all aspiring dancers ranging from ballet, to tap, to modern, to folk, and beyond.
Editorial Note: Robin Kish earned her MFA in kinesiology and an MS in physiology and biomechanics. She is a licensed massage therapist and certified in Pilates. She has been on the faculty of Chapman University since 2006 and is an active member in the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Performing Arts Medicine Association, and National Dance Education Organization. After a career in ballet and musical theater, Jennie Morton trained as a sport massage therapist and osteopath, then obtained her MS in psychology. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University and has more than 25 years of experience training dancers in injury prevention and supporting recovery. She is a board member for the Performing Arts Medicine Association and the author of The Authentic Performer.