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Dr. Meredith Butulis

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Dance Medicine and Sport Physical Therapist | Personal Trainer | Pilates Instructor since 1998 | Life-long Dancer

How to Build Momentum for Turns

Question: I’m having trouble getting momentum for a set of open turns. Any tips? Response: Thank you for the question on turn technique. There are...

How to Increase Back Flexibility

Question: Do you have any tips on how to improve my back flexibility? I’m trying to get my scorpion and firebird leap, but nothing...

Tips to get heels down on jumps

Question: During ballet technique, my dance teacher keeps noting that I need to get my heels down on jumps. I stretch my calves all...

1 Day Until Dance Team State: 5 Last Minute Packing Tips

Are you ready for Dance Team State? Here are a few last minute items to include in your bag: Water bottle. Remember that 2% dehydration...

2 Days Until Dance Team State: How to Visualize

Dancers and coaches, Ever practice visualization? It is used by professional dancers and athletes often to enhance performance (especially during peak week)! Today and tomorrow are...

3 Days Until Dance Team State: 3 Tips for a Positive...

Dancers and Coaches, Who's inspired you in life? Why? What did they say? How did they say it? Now, ask yourself if the voices in your...

4 Days Until Dance Team State: What’s a Growth Mindset?

Coaches and dancers, If you've been following our tips, you have your recovery strategy, nutrition strategy, and tapering plan ready to go! As you enter into...

5 Days Until Dance Team State: Pre and Post Practice Snack...

Dancers, We've learned that your fuel sources and timing play a very large role in peak performance! Yesterday we examined how to nutrient time to avoid...

6 Days Until Dance Team State: How to Stop “Hitting the...

Dancers, Do you get to a certain point in practice and feel like you just can't do anymore? Do you feel shaky or weak? In...

7 Days Until Dance Team State: How Much Water Does a...

Dancers, Are you competing at sections this weekend, and perhaps having extra practices as well? Did you know that even 2% dehydration impairs performance? How much water...