Physical Therapy for Ballet Dancers

As is often the case with most dancers, Ballet has been the foundation of Sharon’s dance training. She has a deep understanding of the mechanics of ballet’s turnout, positions and movement. This enables her to treat common dance injuries caused by misalignment, bad habits or pushing one’s body beyond its limits. Overall, ballet can be wonderfully strengthening for the body, but it needs to be done correctly and mindfully. It is possible to extend one’s career or practice with the right adjustments. Sharon helps dancers rethink comfortable but possibly harmful habits. She helps dancers to move in tune with their unique bodies, preventing injuries before they happen. This level of attention is simply not possible within a large ballet class.

Sharon Gary’s Ballet Background

  • Two semesters of Ballet training as a child with Emma Mae Horn, also Tommy Tune’s teacher, at Ms. Horn’s dance studio in Houston, Texas. When the other kids made faces and goofed around, Sharon knew from the first moment in the studio, with the beautiful Mrs. Horn, with the piano music, the pink leos, white tights and pink ballet slippers that dance was for her.
  • Dance class based on ballet, UMass continuing ed, Spring 1977. This was my re-entry to studying dance years after it was interrupted because of family circumstances.
  • UT Austin, studied with Barbara Barker, formerly of Ballet West in Salt Lake City. Also studied with Igor Youskevitch, formerly a principal of American Ballet Theatre.
  • Austin Ballet Theatre – studied for one year with various teachers.
  • Barbara Carson, who began Ballet Austin and who formerly danced with Balanchine and NYCB.
  • Pam Pribisco – Zena Rommet Technique. Pam is former principal dancer with Cleveland Ballet and was dance master and rehearsal mistress for Ballet Trocadero. An amazing and precise teacher.

Please feel free to contact Sharon Gary for more information or to set up an appointment.

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