This screen was designed by the National Taskforce on Dancer Health and is used by dance companies and freelance dancers across the country. (Learn more about the National Taskforce on Dancer Health.)
It is designed to be performed as an annual assessment and is best performed at the beginning of the season or after a new dancer joins a company. The screen seeks to identify red flags that can indicate a serious underlying health concern and to detect musculoskeletal conditions that can predispose dancers to illness or injury during the season.
The screen provides objective measurements of a dancer's ability which allows dancers and health care professionals track their development from year to year and to identify potential problem areas before they develop into injuries.
After the assessment is completed, each dancer will receive a summary of the findings as well as a customized injury prevention program to address their individual needs.
Each screen takes about 40 minutes to complete is administered by our dance medicine team. Dancers should plan on wearing shorts, tights, or dancewear that allows their legs to be seen.
Since all information obtained by the screen is considered private health information and is protected by HIPAA, it will be shared only with the dancer. This information is not shared with studio or dance company staff and will not influence casting decisions or class placement.
Professional dancers are eligible for training optimization analysis. This program helps dancers customize and adapt their daily habits as well as their training to optimize their dance potential and to better avoid over-use injuries. (Click here to learn more.)
The cost of the screen is $65.
Financial assistance is available upon request.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule individual or company-wide screens.