Training and Caring for Collegiate Dancers
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Amanda Donahue, ATC, MS and Kristina Berger are faculty at the esteemed Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. These two accomplished professionals join us today to talk about how they merge medicine, education, and training to best prepare their dancers for the dance world. Their unique collaboration is a model for training and caring for dancers. We talk about how athletic trainers are uniquely suited to be the key health care professional in a college dance program, and we dive into dance topics such as the Horton Technique, dancer nutrition, and how dance helps you discover your inner passion to keep you going in your career.

Dean College:

Horton Technique for Dance:

Performing Arts in the National Athletic Trainers Association:

Doctors for Dancers:

Kristina Berger is a world-class dancer, choreographer, and teacher of the Horton and Hawkins techniques, both of which she teaches as Assistant Professor at Dean College. Kristina has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in positions ranging from current status as principal dancer with The Erick Hawkins Dance Company to first female and Westerner to perform virtuoso solo "Hanuman The Monkey King" in Bali, exclusive soloist of original Lester Horton works, and dancer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Kristina has danced with Molissa Fenley & Dancers, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Washington Opera Ballet and SWATT. She has been on dance faculty at Marymount Manhattan College, Steps, Peridance, The Joffrey School of Ballet, and continues to teach, create, and perform globally.

Amanda Donahue has served as the Athletic Trainer for the Palladino School of Dance & School of Arts at Dean College located in Franklin, Massachusetts since 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Northeastern University and her Master of Science in Kinesiology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Amanda currently serves as the Performing Arts Committee Chair for the NATA Council of Practice Advancement and is the NATA Liaison for the Performing Arts Athletic Trainer’s Society. In addition to her work at Dean, Amanda worked as one of the athletic trainers with Boston location of Blue Man Group, as well as the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program . Her passion of dance began at a young age with ballet and is currently a competitive ballroom dancer.

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