Dancer Health & Injury Prevention

Lack of dance specific medical care is a reason often cited that prevents dancers from seeking medical care for an injury. Come learn about dancer health and prevention of injuries from two health care providers who grew up dancing. Carolyn Keeler, DO, and Rosie Canizares, DPT, both have extensive experience treating dancers and recently started the Duke Dancer Wellness Clinic. They will discuss the prevention and treatment of dance injuries as well as medical issues such as nutrition, female athlete triad, and heat related illness.

This workshop is FREE, but we recommend reserving your spot in advance.



166410_duaa_board076Rosie Canizares is a dance medicine physical therapist on faculty at Duke DPT and the and the advisor of the Duke Pre-Physical Therapy Association. A long-time member of the Fredericksburg City Ballet Company, she received her dance training at the Academy of Ballet in Fredericksburg, Virginia, under the direction of Carolyn Strozier Seklii, Lisa Snape Avery, and Melissa Allen Gregory. Rosie was accepted into the Virginia School of the Arts and Richmond Ballet summer programs. She declared a dance minor at Duke University but eventually dropped it in order to focus her studies on her pre-physical therapy classes and her time to the Duke cheerleading program. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy in 2004 and stayed at Duke to pursue her physical therapy education, earning her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2007. She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2004, including the Sports and Orthopedics Sections and the Performing Arts Special Interest Group, in which she is currently serving as chair of the nominating committee. She is also a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science. Rosie provides dance medicine outreach services to the Duke Dance Department, the American Dance Festival, Duke Performances, Carolina Performances, and the Durham Performing Arts Center. She has worked with professional dance and Broadway companies that have performed in the Durham area.

carolyn keelerCarolyn E. Keeler, DO, is a board-certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physician on faculty at Duke University Medical Center.  She is fellowship trained in both Interventional Spine and Integrative Medicine, and is subspecialty board-certified in Sports Medicine.  Dance has been an integral part of her life.   She majored in Dance at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and toured with the UCSB Dance Company.  She was awarded the Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Metropolitan Theaters Writing Award for her choreography.  For 4 years, she performed with Savage Jazz Dance Company, under the direction of Reginald Ray-Savage.  She taught youth contemporary dance, and was a Rhythm & Motion teacher in San Francisco.  During her medical residency training at NYU, she worked at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, and at the student clinic at Juilliard.  She is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, and presented work at the annual conference on dancer’s attitudes regarding health care and injury prevention.  She is also an active member of the Performing Arts Medical Association. 

About This Event

ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad St, Durham, NC 27705

November 1, 2014
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm