Working behind the scenes of Peter Pan:
Written by Matthew Harwood, PT, DPT, OCS
I recently provided behind the scenes physical therapy for the performance of Peter Pan, by Legacy Studios for the Performing Arts. Providing “show coverage” offers a unique professional opportunity which is different than when I am treating dancers in the clinic. The pace of working behind the scenes is faster, and if an injury occurs behind the curtain I have to determine whether a performer can continue with the show, or if they should not perform.
My role this past weekend was to help dancers with warming up their bodies for the shows. This means performing manual techniques to prepare the muscles and joints for dance movement and also taking a dancer through warm-up exercises. Also, because there were two shows on the same day, I instructed the dancers on ways to keep their bodies relaxed and loose between shows. Fortunately there were no injuries and everyone danced well!
Enjoy the photos taken from the performance on Saturday May 11, 2013. You can see more pictures from the Peter Pan performance by “Liking” us on Face Book.
Learn more about Advance PT’s Dance Medicine program by following this link, http://advance-physicaltherapy.com/dance-medicine-program/