BIPOC Dance Health Directory

We are a directory of BIPOC health professionals who support dance health.

The intention of the directory is to provide a resource for BIPOC dancers and performing artists to find a support system that will address and validate their unique needs.

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Organized by Region

Canada

Dr. Blessyl Buan

Chiropractor, Medical Acupuncture Provider, Dance Conditioning Specialist, Founder of BIPOC Dance Health

Toronto, ON, Canada

she/her

Dr. Blessyl Buan is the founder of the BIPOC Dance Health Movement and Directory. She has been sought as a dance health educator and chiropractor for pre-professional and professional dancers in Canada. Based in Toronto, she applies her experience as a dance artist, dance mom and dance conditioning specialist to her clinical work. She is a former member of the Board of Directors and conference presenter for Healthy Dancer Canada (HDC). She is currently an active member of the HDC BIPOC Advocacy Working Group to improve cultural diversity and opportunities for access in dance health.

Content is key. She is the Health Correspondent of Turn Out Radio (CIUT FM) and regular contributor for The Dance Current as well as the producer of the Web Series: Momentum: The Drive, Sustainability of the Creative High Performer.

Cultural Identity: Canadian, Filipino

Languages Spoken: English

www.drblessyl.com info@drblessyl.com.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook @drblessyl

Dr. Joyce Fu

Chiropractor at JFu Chiropractic, Dancer, Yoga Instructor

Toronto, ON, Canada

she/her

Dr. Joyce Fu is a multi-talented chiropractor with over 10 years of training in dance. Through the art form of training, performing and competing internationally and across the GTA, Joyce was able to use dance as a vehicle to understand the crucial link of the mental, physical and spiritual health that all performing artists must have. Joyce practices respect for the physical body through proper from and training, expansion of the spiritual being through meditation and builds stronger mental reservoirs through her work in grounding. Joyce believes that Dance Health is fundamental for performing artists of all kind to continue to create beautiful work because it makes the world a better place.

Cultural Identity: Chinese, South East Asian, Canadian

Languages Spoken: English, Chinese, South East Asian

www.jfuchiropractic.com. jfuchiro@gmail.com

Instagram & Facebook @JFuChiropractic

Mohogany Brown

Registered Massage Therapist– The Centre of Healing

Toronto & Pickering, ON, Canada

Mohogany is a graduate of Sutherland Chan School of Massage Therapy and a now Registered Massage therapist. She has spent years admiring the work of many wellness workers around her and quickly grew an admiration for the human body. Not only is she a professionally trained dancer, but also a dance teacher here in the Durham region. Her knowledge for the human body and how it moves is continuously expanding in many ways. She is excited to bring her enthusiasm and love for life to the clinic and share her passion for wellness and the human body with all of her clients here at The Centre!

Cultural Identity: Mixed/interracial community

Languages Spoken: English, French

http://www.thecentreforhealingandpeakperformance.com/ mohoganyxo@gmail.com

Instagram @_mohoganyxo

Surabhi Veitch

Physiotherapist-The Passionate Physio

Toronto, ON, Canada

she/her

Growing up as a child in India, I practiced Bharatanatyam dance and have always had a passion for dance. As a physiotherapist, I have experience working with both dance and sports injuries. I have worked with Bharatanatyam, Bollywood, jazz, contemporary, ballet and hip hop dancers, from recreational to semi-pro levels. I have a passion for treating retired dancers and mothers who are trying to get back to activities without pain. Dance is not just for while you’re young and performing – dance is is not just for while you’re young and performing – dance is for life!

Cultural Identity: Indian

Languages Spoken: English, French

http://www.thepassionatephysio.ca/. surabhi@thepassionatephysio.ca

Instagram @thepassionatephysio

Nicole Inica Hamilton

Dance Educator/ Counselor– Inica Dance Industries

Toronto, ON, Canada

Nicole Inica Hamilton is the Founder of Inica Dance Industries (I.D.I), a Toronto based company dedicated to the education, performance, and professional development of Dance Artists. As a Counselor, Nicole has worked within EAP settings, Victim Witness Assistance Programs, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. In her Capacity as a Public Speaker, and Broadcaster with Turn Out Radio, Nicole has presented in educational institutions on health care practices that speak to the wellbeing of Dance Artists. Nicole serves as a Board of Director with Healthy Dancer Canada and is passionate about creating safe spaces for all bodies to thrive.

Cultural Identity: Black | Trinidadian | Canadian

Languages Spoken: English

http://www.inicadance.com

nhamilton@inicadance.com

Instagram and Twitter: @n_hamilton. Facebook: Nicole Inica Hamilton

Charlene Dinger

Dance Educator/Yoga Instructor-The Compassionate Creative Podcast

Toronto, ON, Canada

she/her

Charlene has been educating and mentoring young dancers for over 15 years, working in studios, providing workshops, and adjudicating across Canada. She has worked to inspire dancers to train with intention and to explore their ‘why’. Since completing her yoga teacher training in 2018, Charlene became inspired to incorporate mindfulness and intention setting into her lessons with her young dancers, educating them about how these practices can not only benefit their physical movement but can create a deeper connection to their mind, spirit and breath.

Cultural Identity: Filipino/European/Canadian

Languages Spoken: English

website

char_dinger@yahoo.ca

Instagram: @charlenedinger @compassionatecreativepodcast

Karen Andrew (KHAY)

Certified Pilates Instructor, Choreographer, Performing Artist

iamKHAY Movement/ Movement Eternal

Toronto, ON, Canada

she/her

Karen (KHAY) is an entrepreneur, teacher, and performer. Throughout her dance career she trained in ballet, jazz, tap and starred in countless shows from West Side Story at the Stratford Festival to Tony award winning Broadway shows like Ragtime. With an extensive dance background, she has facilitated dance, pilates and multiple forms of movement over the course of her career. Continuing to nurture her artistic life and career through education in business and arts education – Karen has transitioned from being the owner of Aurora Live Inc. Dance Studios, to creating a mobile movement studio (www.movementeternal.com), and now to creating iamKHAY Live Music Entertainment.

Cultural Identity: Black, Afro Carribean

Languages Spoken: English

http://www.iamkhay.com khay@iamkhay.com

Instagram @iamkhaymusic

Suzanne Liska

Alexander Technique Teacher/Movement Educator

Toronto, ON, Canada

she/her

Suzanne Liska is a teacher, choreographer, dancer and researcher specializing in somatic practices, contemporary dance/theatre, Japanese artforms and physical partnering. She has choreographed and danced in works for CanAsian KickStart, DanceWorks CoWorks, Dusk Dances, and Dance Matters, receiving grants and awards through the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, York University and SSHRC (Canadian Graduate Scholarship).  Suzanne has a B.A., B.Education, and MFA in Choreography and is a Certified Alexander Technique Teacher. She teaches professional dancers, actors, community dancers, and high school and elementary school students; workshops across Canada, the USA and Japan; and workshops in Toronto for Randolph College, Ryerson University, George Brown College and Humber College. She is contract Faculty in York University’s Dance department and in George Brown College’s Acting and Digital Media department. Suzanne teaches the educational process of the Alexander Technique to train kinesthetic coordination and free patterns of tension to access underlying support. Students can experience more efficient and coordination in daily activities (ie. walking, computer work, chores etc.) and/or performance (music, dance, acting, etc.).

Cultural Identity: Mixed Ethnicity (Japanese, Slovakian Canadian)

Languages Spoken: English

http://www.suzanneliska.com

suzliska@yahoo.com

Facebook page

Mari Udarbe Han

Physiotherapist-519 Physio

London, ON, Canada

she/her

519Physio embodies creativity in healing and healing in creativity. As an advocate for artist wellness, I have created a treatment space housed within 519 School of Hip Hop so members can access screening assessments, wellness workshops, community clinics and many more!

Cultural Identity: Filipino

Languages Spoken: English, Tagalog

https://schoolofhiphop.ca/programs/519physio/

udarbem@gmail.com

Instagram @519physio

Alex Thompson

Physiotherapist- Tall Tree Integrated Health Centre

Victoria, BC, Canada

she/her

I am an orthopaedic and pelvic health physiotherapist with post-graduate training in manual therapy and clinical pilates. Along with treating dancers in clinic, I work with studios to offer in-person and virtual workshops on injury prevention and technique-specific topics. I also teach anatomy and conditioning classes to pre-professional students. The best part of my job is teaching young dancers about their most important tool and how to keep it healthy and dancing for as long as possible.

Cultural Identity: Black & White

Languages Spoken: English

www.alexthompson.ca

alexthompson@talltreehealth.ca

Instagram @ptalext

United States

Dr. Montserrat Andreys

Sports Chiropractor –HEART healthcare for artists

Portland, Oregon, USA

she/her/ella

I dance in a flamenco company and treat many dancers in my practice. The need for culturally competent healthcare in the dance community is greatly needed and appreciated when received. Few people outside the dance community understand the cycles, demands and nuances of the dance community. I love the moments when we can just short hand our conversation because we both know exactly what is being said.

Cultural Identity: Latinx

Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

http://www.hearthealthcareforartists.com

drandreys@gmail.com

Dr. Leada Maleksalehi

Board-certified Sports Physical Therapist

Oakland, California, USA

she/her

I have spent the last 5 years working with dancers of all ages and up to the professional levels. Pre-COVID I would work rehearsals and pre-shows and work with dancers. I’ve treated post-op and preventative cases in clinic and have extensive experience with foot and ankle injuries.

Cultural Identity: Middle Eastern/Iranian

Languages Spoken: English, Farsi, Spanish

www.drmalekpt.com

 info@drmalekpt.com

Instagram @drmalekpt

Janelle Cruz

Janelle Cruz Pilates with The 3rd Position Dance Workshops. Speaker, Artist

Los Angeles, California, USA

she/her

Janelle Cruz & Jazel Tricia started their collaboration as Pilates educators and professional dancers to bring you, The 3rd Position Dancer’s Workshop which is named after the underrated dance position to support underrated dancers & dance companies. This movement event was created to celebrate dance, support BIPOC dancers, raise awareness for systemic racism within dance, and support dance communities through the pandemic. Donations to this recurring event will be sent to the featured dance organizations of the month.

Cultural Identity: Pacific Islander from Guam

Languages Spoken: English

http://www.janellecruzpilates.com janellecruzpilates@gmail.com

Instagram @janellecruzpilates

Dr. Robert Tsai

Doctor of Physical Therapy- DancePrehab Physical Therapy

Irvine, California, USA

he/him/his

Rob was first introduced to movement was through breakin’ which eventually led to interest and training in ballet, classical modern, and jazz/contemporary at Chapman University. Rob returned to Chapman to pursue his DPT after performing and teaching professionally in Los Angeles. Rob believes in elevating the autonomy, advocacy, and application of healthy practices for performing artists, and seeks to take the conversation beyond rehab through DANCE|PREHAB.

Cultural Identity: Taiwanese

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin, Taiwanese

www.danceprehab.com rob@danceprehab.com

Instagram @danceprehab & @robtsaidpt

Khushboo Shah

Physical Therapy-Peak Physical Therapy

San Jose, CA, USA

she/her

I grew up training in dance forms like Bollywood, Jazz and Modern Contemporary at age as early as 10, which eventually became my motivation to learn more about human anatomy and fitness. I went to Coventry University, UK for detailed research in injuries in dancers, and I continued to perform for dance shows professionally. I currently practice in California, USA with clients with variety of dance and sports injuries. Both ‘Dance’ and ‘Health’ has become my passion and combining them both together is my goal. I have an extensive experience in musculoskeletal spinal (neck and back)

Cultural Identity: Indian

Languages Spoken: English, Hindi, Gujarati, Kacchi, Marathi and Punjabi

Social @khushithestoryteller https://khushithestoryteller.wixsite.com/home/

drkhushboo.shah19@gmail.com

Dr. Danelle Dickson PT, DPT, OCS

Performance Plus Physical Therapy

Washington, DC, USA

Dr. Danelle Dickson PT, DPT, OCS is a physical therapist, podcaster, business mentor, dance medicine researcher, performing arts specialist, and clinic owner. Her experience with an injury as a young dancer lead her to the passion of dance physical therapy, and her love for patient advocacy. She currently works in the rehabilitation space, focusing on injury prevention for dancers, with an emphasis on patient advocacy and empowerment. Additionally, she creates awareness around dancer injuries via her podcast (Dancing Around Elephants), and provides tangible solutions for dancers to succeed in their careers (Dance Ready Project). Dr. Dickson currently works at her clinic – Performance Plus Physical Therapy – in Washington DC, and uses her voice to continue to care for and provide solutions for dancers.

Cultural Identity: Trinidadian, Black, Caribbean

Languages Spoken: English

Website Email: danelle@3ptdc.com

IG, twitter – @3ptdc, FB – Performance Plus Physical Therapy, Dee Mel

Jazel Tricia Serate

Wellness Coach

Seattle, WA, USA

she/her

Through my dance training, I became fascinated by the human body. I graduated Loyola Marymount University with a BA in Dance. On the track to become a physical therapist for dancers, I ended up in the fitness industry as a pilates instructor, personal trainer, and nutrition coach. My goal is to help dancers and former dancers overcome body image issues through strengthening the body, mind, and spirit.

Cultural Identity: Filipino

Languages Spoken: English

www.jazeltricia.com

jazel.serate@gmail.com

randy estrellx reyes

they/them

La Escuela de Cariño, Corporealidad y Artes Sutiles / The School of Tenderness, Embodied Kinetics, & Alchemical Arts

Creative Director, Choreographer, Performance Artist, Healer

Brooklyn , NY

My belief is that every action is a choreographic act and that all things  material and immaterial have a consciousness to them. If we erode the materiality of things, including our bodies, we soon begin to see that we are constituted of the same stardust-matter. Fires coalesce into black and gray ash, water erodes the fortress of stones into molecular gems, wind aids with cross-pollination; everything in a constant state of perpetual dissolution from one state to another. Energy simply knows how, when, and where to pass through. These truths give me hope that choreographic kinetics are a valuable tool for reconfiguring our world. It is towards and through play, rigorous attention, paradoxical encounters, and engendering alternative structures of intimacy that my work unfolds.  ​

La Escuela aims to be an internationally situated, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational space where resources and knowledge are exchanged with the intention of developing a long-term practice of being in right relation to all beings on earth, ourselves, and the earth herself. La Escuela seeks to eradicate all residues of transactional, patriarchal, and capitalistic energies that infiltrate our interpersonal relationships and relationship to Spirit / ancestrxs by affirming that our beings are enough, claiming abundance as our birthright, developing alternative economic models, and investing in experimenting with practices rooted in autonomy, collaboration, resting, and creative practice as pathways that enable us to shift from surviving to thriving during this time of great transition. 

Cultural Identity: AfroIndigenous / Latinx

Languages Spoken: English & Spanish

Website Email: corporealidades.sutiles@gmail.com

IG: princesa_randy_e_reyes & corporealidades.sutiles

Ashley Houk

Harkness Center for Dance Injuries- Physical Therapist

New York, NY

she/her

My lifelong involvement in the performing arts, namely dance, emanates from a myriad of dance styles, which continues to evolve.  Those dance educators, choreographers, and PT colleagues who inspired me a great deal were those pushing to make dance accessible for all.  The fulfillment that comes from treating performing artists emanates from their zeal for their art form and their resilience.

Cultural Identity: Korean American and Korean American Adoptees

Languages Spoken: English

Website

ashley.houck@nyulangone.org

Instagram: @Ashleyh_dpt