February 2nd, 2020
Orange County, CA
A day dedicated to a
Injury screenings, Feldenkrais sessions, nutrition consultations, flexibility clinic, pointe shoe fittings and an expert panel
Pick what works for your schedule
or attend them all.
Boys and Girls Club
295 E Yale Loop
Irvine, CA 92604
Early-bird $25 (until Feb 1st)
General Admission $35
Injury Screening by Moira Docherty
Nutrition consultations by
Pointe Shoe Fitting
Individual fittings by ThePointeShop
GG Muir-Robinson Class:
Individual Appointments by
HEALTHY DANCER PANEL
ORANGE COUNTY, CA
February 2nd 2020
How can dancers prevent injuries?
Fuel their bodies?
Choose the right pointe shoes?
Join our discussion with the experts on dance health
Free Gift with RSVP
Meet the Panel
Nasira Cooley is a registered dietitian, fitness expert, and nutrition educator. 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 serves as the Nutrition Educator for Chapman University Department of Dance, the ABT Gillespe School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and Maples Conservatory of Dance. She is a former classical ballet dancer 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. Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Nutrition and a B.F.A. in dance, 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 NASM 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 the role of nutrition in dance performance.
Moira Docherty has a background in competitive gymnastics and dance. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.F.A in dance. She studied and performed in jazz, modern, and classical ballet. In 2015, Moira graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. 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. Her firsthand experience with dance affords her unique understanding on preventing and treating the various injuries associated with dancers of all ages. Moira is affiliated with the ABT Gillespie School health team and treats dancers in the Orange County region.
Allie Christensen is a Dance Movement Specialist, Gyrotonic® and Personal Trainer She is the owner of Align Fitness in Huntington Beach, Beyond The Pointe podcast host, and creator of Online Dancer Courses such as Lower Body Flexibility and Turnout For Dancers. Allie works with dancers to decrease injury and improve technique through strength, flexibility, and agility work. Training at Ballet West, LINES Ballet Ensemble, + Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company lead to a career ending Hip injury that has propelled Allie into the training world.
Pointe Shoe Fitter
Josephine Lee has been classically trained in ballet and grew up working in her mother's dance store renowned for its pointe shoe fittings.
After graduating from USC, she recognized a need for better access to proper pointe shoe fittings and started a traveling pointe shoe fitting company called The Pointe Shop. Pulling from both her dance and fitting experience, she developed a fitting method that analyzes the dancer's technique and skill level with a focus on health.
ThePointeShop services dancers and schools from all over the country including San Francisco Ballet School, Ballet West Academy, Colorado Ballet Academy, and many others and regularly featured in every dance media as the leading expert in pointe shoes. Since its beginning, The Pointe Shop has risen to become one of the top pointe shoe fitters in the country.
GG Muir-Robinson is a graduate of Elizabeth Beringer’s San Diego Professional Training Program, where she trained with many of the most experienced Feldenkrais Practitioners in the world. She continues to receive additional training and mentoring from master practitioners Donna Ray and Bonnie Humiston. Gg is a licensed psychotherapist and works with people in a way that connects mind and body to change habitual patterns. She is in continuous study of ballet and movement education with Kathryn Irey at Stage 7 School of Dance, where she first experienced the power of helpful movement.
Alicia Head is a movement educator and ballet rehabilitation specialist based at Up Studio in Long Beach, CA. Her students, including Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theatre, and Ashley Ellis and Sage Humphries of Boston Ballet, have gone on to dance with companies such as Joffrey Ballet and San Francisco Ballet and attend schools such as CPYB, English National Ballet, and the Royal Ballet School. Ms Head is a faculty member of the ABT Gillespie School in Costa Mesa as well as the ABT Orange County summer intensive. Alicia also taught classical ballet technique, pointe and Variations at Lauridsen Ballet Centre in Torrance, CA for 17 years and was a ballet lecturer at Cal State Long Beach. She has 25 years of teaching experience in both the Pilates method as well as the GYROTONIC® Expansion System and is a master trainer for both methods. Ms. Head’s approach to dance conditioning is called the Inner Life of Ballet, which uses information from dance medicine as well as mind-body movement systems to build a bridge between clinical care and the aesthetic demands of ballet.