Our goal is to empower the dance community by providing helpful tips and resources to optimize health, improve function, and ultimately extend one’s career. Pursuing a successful dance profession should not inflict chronic pain, perpetual stress, or diet confusion. The competition and politics of the dance world can be discouraging, but with realistic and intelligent strategies to address your challenges, you can thrive as a dancer! Health en Pointe provides evidence-based information on injury prevention, nutrition, and wellness for current and former dancers.
We are a qualified team of health professionals that understand the life of a dancer. Here is some information about the founders of Health en Pointe, Moira the Physical Therapist, and Nasira, the Registered Dietitian:
Moira is a former competitive gymnast and dancer. She trained at various summer intensives such as Kaatsbaan Ballet and Houston Ballet. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a B.F.A in dance. She danced and performed pieces in jazz, modern, and ballet. In 2015, Moira graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has also completed training in vestibular rehabilitation from the prestigious Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Currently, she is working at Progressive Physical Therapy in Costa Mesa. She is also serving as the PT resource for the ABT Gillespe School in Orange County. Her extensive dance background in various movement styles engendered a unique understanding of complex movement patterns and translated into a knowledgeable approach to treating movement dysfunction. In addition, her first-hand experience with dance affords her unique understanding on preventing and treating the various disorders associated with dancers of all ages. In her free time, she teaches Pilates and lectures on prevention and management of dance related injuries. She is working on completing her Pilates apparatus accreditation with Body Arts And Science International (BASI) and is actively incorporating her learned skills in daily treatment sessions.
Nasira is a registered dietitian, fitness expert, and professor of nutrition. She was drawn to public health and nutrition as a result of her diverse background in science, fine arts, and fitness. Nasira is currently an adjunct faculty member at Chapman University, a private practice registered dietitian, and post-doctoral researcher. She also guest-teaches ballet throughout Orange County. She has been a classical ballet dancer for over 18 years and trained with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, WA and the University of Arizona School of Dance and attended summer intensives at the National Ballet of Canada and American Ballet Theater NY. The BFA program at the U of A prepared her for a career as a professional dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor, however, her passion for science led her to pursue an alternative path. Upon graduating Summa Cumma Laude from the University of Arizona, Nasira continued her studies in pursuit of a career as a nutrition professional and obtained a Masters in Public Health from UCLA and a Doctorate in Nutritional Sciences from Loma Linda University. Nasira has been a certified personal trainer since 2008, and is a certified yoga instructor. Her experience in the fitness industry has deepened her knowledge of biomechanics and kinesiology, which has improved her dance technique and understanding of injury prevention.
We hope you find Health en Pointe to be an integral resource and become a better dancer because of it. We encourage your active participation in this blog and welcome comments, questions, and sharing. Please visit us often!