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2018 Movement Census – Dance needs YOU!

January 8, 2018
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Calling All Dancers!

We have an ambitious goal to conduct the first global survey of dancers to provide the community with insights on performance & injury prevention.

As we kick off a new year we’re excited at The Movement Blog for what 2018 can bring. This year we are aiming big by attempting to gain never before collated insights about the world of dance. To do this we need your help. In return for a few minutes of your time you will have the chance to win an amazing health tracker, the Fitbit Charge 2!

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As you probably know, Kindall studied Dance Science at Trinity Laban in London. It’s a practice that I find fascinating and important for the dance world. Dance Science looks to apply the principles and techniques normally reserved for elite athletes, to optimise performance and prevent injury.
This is a crucial movement for the dance industry which traditionally hasn’t had the same levels of support as other physically intensive pursuits. However, something that has surprised me as I’ve learned more about Dance Science is just how little data there is available about the industry.
Dance Science needs data to be successful but most data sets are collected by private organisations or within academia. Indeed if you search Google for ‘dance data’ the top result is a database for Scottish Country Dance (bravo Scotland 🎉).
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Wayne McGregor’s Dancers working with Trinity Laban’s Dance Science Department

Knowing that The Movement Blog attracts users from all over the world it got us thinking – why don’t we conduct our own survey of the dance community to share with the dance community. We are very please to announce TMB’s first annual Movement Census!

OUR GOALS

  • To understand more about different aspects of the dance community across the world
  • Gain insight on how dancers deal with injury prevention and performance optimisation
  • To provide tips and advice on how to avoid injury and perform to your best
  • To understand dancer habits and behaviours whether they are teachers, pros or enthusiasts
  • To raise awareness about the importance of injury prevention
The survey itself only takes 5 minutes to complete and the results will be completely confidential. The more dancers from different backgrounds who complete the survey, the better the results will be.
In return for sharing the survey with your friends we will enter you in a competition to win a Fitbit Charge 2. Once we’ve compiled the results we will publish a report which will be free for all respondents to download.
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Photo by Drew Graham

Dance Data Insights the Gyrotonic Method

The Movement Blog is Officially Global

February 11, 2017

Hi movers!

My name is Rob; I’m Kindall’s partner and I’ve recently joined The Movement Blog team to help with the blog. I’m a bit of a geek who likes dance (watching and partaking) and I enjoy taking GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® classes in London as well as cooking and travelling as much as I can.

I’ve spent the last 11 years working in data analytics so will be blogging insights about dance, fitness, gyrotonic and well being. As you may know, Kindall studied Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatorie in London. The application of scientific methods to help with injury prevention and performance optimisation has led me to become fascinated by the potential for data to change the way we look at dance and fitness much in the same way that sports science has changed elite performance.

I’m really keen to connect to with the dance community and explore topics which are important to movers all around the world. As such if you have any thoughts or suggestions on areas you’d like us to cover or if you would like to collaborate then you can contact me on rob@themovementblog.co.uk.

The GYROTONIC® Method is a global phenomenon 

One of the first things I did upon joining The Movement Blog officially was to take a look in the Google Analytics account which monitors traffic on the site. To my amazement I saw that since Kindall started the blog, she’s had visitors from 98 different countries. That’s exactly 50% of the world’s countries!

I exported some geographic data in to Tableau Public where I was able to produce some data visualisations which tell us about the global audience of The Movement Blog.

Using the Tableau Public explorer at the bottom of the post you can interact with the analysis I performed and let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Where in the world do people visit The Movement Blog from?

Looking at the map view you really get a sense of how far and wide the blog reaches. For me it shows that The Gyrotonic Method and Dance in general are a truly global phenomenon. We’re active in every continent apart from Antarctica and get visits from new countries all the time. You may notice that that UK and US are greyed out on the viz. I’ve done this because that is where lion’s share (75%+) which you’d expect from US citizen blogging from London ☺️

Visualisation of where people visit The Movement Blog from

Top countries that visit The Movement Blog

By filtering results to countries who have had 100+ visits since the blog started we can get a view on where Kindall’s posts are most popular. After again excluding the UK and US we can see Russia tops the pile followed by Italy, Germany then China. This is unsurprising given all of these countries have a proud tradition of dance as well as excellent schools and dance companies.

Which countries visit The Movement Blog the most

Which continents do people visit from

Without the US & UK data included Europe clearly leads the way from a continental perspective. Asia is a clear second place with strong showings from Japan (where the blog has been translated) and Hong Kong where Kindall tells me there is a big Gyrotonic scene.

Which continents do most visits come from

Top cities which read The Movement Blog

Breaking the data down further to look at the top cities (excluding London) we can see a strong showing from Russia and the US with 4 of the top 7 cities being based there. Dublin leads the way in Europe with Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and France all being represented.

What next?

We have a saying in the analytics industry which states that data without action is useless! So over the coming months we’d like to expand the focus of The Movement Blog to discuss the Gyrotonic Method and dance in the locations mentioned above. If you’re practicing Gyrotonic or Gyrokinesis in any of the countries or cities in this post and would like to talk to us about your experiences then please get in touch.

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Best New Blogs in Dance, Health, and Fitness in 2016

October 7, 2016
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Above: Mara Cimatoribus, founder and blogger of SHE-SMILES

In no particular order – these new blog platforms are equally amazing, inspiring and necessary for dance, fitness, health, and wellbeing enthusiasts alike.

One thing these blogs have in common is that all of the founders/creators/directors/bloggers took the initiative to use their experience and knowledge to create a fun, enthusiastic place for other like minded people out of the goodness of their hearts. Check out these topics ranging from ballet fitness to self-esteem improvement to yummy innovative recipes.

Lazy Dancer Tips – Best New Dance Vlog

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Former dancer of Royal New Zealand Ballet and current dancer in New English Ballet Theatre Lugoboni seriously doesn’t miss a beat in her new blog. Nearly everyday, dancers have access to exercises and tips on everything from ‘how to tie your pointe shoes’ to ‘how to exercise on the beach’.
Lazy may not be the case ‘per se’, but this lovely laid back approach to using ballet as fitness is accessible to anyone for anytime and everywhere. It is, of course, also great for those already deep in the ballet game. She’s got your back with in depth yet simple explanations of how to improve leg extensions, balance, and port de bras, just to name a few.
In addition, Iacopo Di Luigi, Lugoboni’s other half and business partner, works in Visual Effects and clearly has an eye for detail. This great collaboration manages to create the dynamic combination between video and blogging, which works flawlessly with both depth and clarity.
Follow this blog and you’ll never be out of touch with improving your fitness, ballet technique, and the cuteness of Lugoboni’s cats!

Sweet Om Yoga – Best New Yoga Instagram Account

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Not a formal blog, but Filitsa Thomopoulou’s photos are extremely well shot. She manages to capture some of the most intriguing yoga poses in unique angles. They all seem to tell a story, like a dance. This former ballerina ( á la the National Greek Opera School of Dance) has transformed her life from the stage to the mat after foregoing hip surgery. After living and dancing in London she returned back to her home in Athens, Greece and now teaches yoga full time.
She’s now beginning to incorporate video on her Instagram account, which further adds to the dance-like element; flowing into poses as if one sentence. Instagram and yoga have quickly become the perfect combination – and it’s everywhere. So what sets this account apart? Her precision and poise. Suitable for those who want to see how someone uses their technique to the fullest, safely and beautifully.
Traveling to Greece? Contact Thomopoulou for her class schedule here.

Wavelength – Best New GYROTONIC® Blog

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Thanks to Cina Canada, founder/producer/director of Human Picture Initiative and now (thankfully) Media Coordinator at GYROTONIC® International Headquarters, the very much global yet exclusive Gyrotonic community official have outlet direct from the source. Here – trainers, clients and anyone else alike can be informed with what others trainers and master trainers are doing  and, most importantly, read what they have to say.
Useful sections and series includes ‘Tips for Trainers by Trainers‘ and  specialized course highlights where Master Trainers are interviews to further explain the development of the course and, basically, ‘what inspired them?’. Gyrotonic headquarters also have a YouTube channel that features ‘The Gyrotonic Interview Series‘ (a must-see).
I have a great gut feeling that the Gyrotonic community fully appreciates to finally have this kind of dialogue accessible and out in the open. Always wanted to know more about the Gyrotonic Method and how it can improve your technique, posture and alignment? This blog is not to be missed.

Dance Longer, Dance Stronger – Best New Dance Science Blog

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Insights on dance, dance science, and injury prevention? Yes, please. Dance Longer, Dance Stronger was founded and entirely created by, budding entrepreneur, Claire Farmer. Farmer doesn’t seem to take ‘no’ for an answer, especially when it comes to improving the dance community. So much so, she’s just created an app called The Performers Health Hub, which is now available!
During and after obtaining her MSc Dance Science degree, Farmer seemed to quickly know in which direction she was headed. Her goal was (and is) to find ways that important and useful information is available to dancers, especially involving health-related issues as she clearly describes on her website.
Want to know more about Dance Science and how to get involved? This one is definitely for you. You can also check out a range of articles that Farmer’s arranged that include topics such as “Anxiety and the Dancer” and “Health Before Money”.

Lucy Panou, Best New Lifestyle Blog

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Lucy Panou is so matter-of-fact and to the point,  I can only imagine that girls around the world are feel like they finally relate and feel right at home with her insightful and plentiful posts. Clearly written and driven from personal experiences, Panou dons an MSc in Dance Science as well as a certification in Lifestyle Coaching.
Her background as a dancer and the experience she’s had with body image further proves that she’s hugely passionate about what she courageously brings to the surface. Her straight to point blog posts include topics such as “Why Perfectionism is a Pain in the Ass […] and “How to Conquer Resiliency“.
In addition, she currently has a free package called “Discover How to Love Yourself and Your Body”, which includes an ebook amongst other useful information, like how to ‘Stop Worrying About the Mirror’. Don’t just take my word for it, see what Lucy’s clients have to say by scrolling down to the bottom on her home page.
Want a self-esteem boost? Contact Panou directly for advice here.

She Smiles, Best New Food Blog

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If you love acquiring new ideas for food then you’ll fully appreciate this one. The blog was created by Italian native and now Londoner, Mara Cimatoribus, after she realized she wanted to live and eat healthier. Within first glance, you’ll be able to tell you’re in for dozens of treats. Cimatoribus’s recipes are original, innovative and fresh, and provides mostly vegan and plant-based recipes.
She’s begun a section that documents her travel experiences. Here, she shares ‘where to stay’ and, of course, ‘where and what to eat’. Her photos are stunning and will no doubt will inspire you to visit said places and eat all of the food! So far, she’s documented her stays in Marrakech, Puglia, and Albuquerque. Stay tuned for more.
Cimatoribus also usefully puts together a range of suggestions for beauty, wellness, kitchen products, books and more (here’s an example). Once you’ve opened the menu on the homepage, scroll down and click on ‘Shop’ to explore.

Enjoy!

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My Top Fitness and Wellness Websites in 2015

May 7, 2015

Here are my top Health and Fitness websites on the GYROTONIC® Method, Dance Science, Running, & Nutrition

From California to London, check out what these professionals have to offer.


1) Mike Luque Training

Mike Luque is a jack of all trades. Mike has a diverse background ranging from Massage to Gyrotonic to Kettleball training. Therefore this website is able to provide a multitude of information as well as really good facts about the GYROTONIC® method. Other topics include healthy eating, recipes, breathing, and meditation. His website also features an active blog where he and some guest authors (like moi) keep you up to date on the happenings in health and fitness to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

2) International Association of Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS)

From studying Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, I have become promptly familiar with IADMS. Along with their membership and annual meetings, they have just started their own blog! This is exciting (and important) as it brings real-time information for dancers, teachers and educators. Each post is written by a different researcher from the IADMS education committee to enhance the reader’s knowledge of health and well-being in a dance context. One of my favorite posts is The Pelvis: The Meeting Point of the Body written by colleague, Clara Fischer Gam.

3) Runner’s World

As a 5K race newbie, I needed all of the help I could get! Being a dancer for many years, aerobic fitness was always quite challenging. So to make things even more challenging for myself, I signed up to my first 5K (as you do). However, their beginner’s training schedule helped me out the most (along with dog-sitting). This website offers a lot inspiration and information about running that I never knew existed. It also helped me, as a beginner, to just get out there. From essential running gear to ‘survival tips’ this just might be your one-stop shop.

4) Live to 110

Where do I start? This fantastic website has been created by Wendy Myers and it is very in depth. I met Wendy back in Los Angeles at In-Spiraling Movement Arts (where I used to work) a few years back. She first told me about her post on the Infrared Sauna, that she often came in to use. Ever since then I was hooked. The website focuses on detox, nutrition (currently Paleo), dealing with health conditions, and how to pursue longevity. Not to mention her recipes are a downright blessing.

Keep exploring my fellow health and fitness enthusiasts!