Don’t try this at home

Mr. James Rogers, ballet dancer with Kansas City Ballet, will not only be finishing up his first season this weekend but he will also be finishing up 1 season of doing Pilates and Conditioning with me every Monday!  I always held the 2:00 PM slot for him and he was here, rip – roaring – and ready to go!

I figured I had to challenge him for his last visit until August! Plus, he had an additional day off to recover so I gave him . . .

The S N A K E!

I attempted to show him until I realized that if I had my stomach probably would have landed and reverberated against the springs so I cued him instead.

James is performing this weekend in Jerome Robbin’s Interplay, Val Caniparoli’s The Lottery, and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations!

Au revoir, James! Until August and we meet again for the 2017-2018 season!



5th Anniversary: Kansas City Dance Festival!

We are approaching  Kansas City Dance Festival’s 5th Year Anniversary!  WOW oh WOW!  From June 16th – June 24th you better come and play! We are beyond stoked and mighty proud to have made it 5 years.  Yay, big milestone! I always tell people it’s like planning a wedding every year x10!  We may be small but we sure are mighty (I really just wanted to use that word again)! Did I say mighty! Repeat. . . Just one more time – MIGHTY! 

So mark your calendars! June 16 – 24th!

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For your entertainment here are some photos from the 4th annual KCDF! Photo holler out to Philip Koenig!

Kansas City Dance Festival 2016

Above Photo from George Balanchine’s Apollo. Dancers from front to back: James Ihde (Pennsylvania Ballet), Angelina Sansone (Kansas City Ballet) Eugenia Zinoviera (Festival Ballet Providence)


Above photo from Vicente Nebrada’s Lento with dancers Rachel Coats (Freelance dancer) and Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye (Freelance dancer)


Above photo from Garrett Smith’s world premiere Mine, Me, Mine with dancer Lilliana Hagerman

Kansas City Dance Festival 2016

Above photo from Vicente Nebrada’s Lento with dancers Rachel Coats (Freelance dancer) and Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye (Freelance dancer)

So if you live in Kansas City we better see you there! :)

Dance Conditioning Camp

Hi Ya’ll!

I don’t know about you but I know I am getting ready for the summer! At performance Rehab I will be holding a PRE-SUMMER dancer conditioning camp!  I promise a few things.  We will have fun, we will learn and grow, and we will raise the bar to heighten your peak performance before you head out to your summer dance plans!

Please contact me via phone at 913-648-6755 or e-mail me at to confirm your spot on board!  Can’t wait to work with all of you!


Call Jill 913-648-6755 or e-mail at Performance Rehab to confirm your SPOT! SPOTS are GOING FAST!

Together we can make a difference! The ultimate goals of this camp are to…

  • Reach your maximum potential and peak performance before you are off to your summer program or summer plans
  • Prevent injuries from occurring
  • Gain confidence and self-esteem

May 22 – May 26

Monday – Friday

1:00-3:00 PM

May 31 – June 2

Monday – friday

1:00-3:00 PM

June 5 – June 9

Monday – Friday

1:00 – 3:00 PM

June 12 – June 16

Monday – Friday

1:00 – 3:00 PM

Example of what One Week will look like:

May 22 – 26 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1:00-1:55 abdominal, back and hip turn out w/ disks and barre barre with Jumping & turning ankles & stability w/ Pointe arms , obliques, & review
2:00 -3:00 yoga & stretch sweat & stretch coordination jumping & more turn out w/ disks

Pricing goes as follows/person:

May 22 – May 26: $200  

May 31 – June 2: $120  

June 5 – June 9: $200

June 12 – June 16: $200

In respect of the camp, there will be a 20% deposit required at sign up! Only 1 day makeup is allowed!  Thank you!

Call Jill at Performance Rehab to Confirm your SPOT! SPOTS are GOING FAST!

Plank series on the Cadillac: Exercise Show & Tell

Here is an Exercise SHOW & TELL entry for you this lovely Monday.  Oh, Monday! Who doesn’t want a little motivation to start the week off right?  This exercise accomplishes a great deal. . . Whether you are looking for summer abs, stronger arms land/or empowerment this Pilate Cadillac exercise is right for you.  Give it a try but please have a spotter close-by!


  • Grab onto the top parallel bars of the Cadillac with Grippies in place so your hands don’t slip.
  • Carefully place one foot up at a time, making sure your entire foot/ankle is off the the edge of the the trapeze bar with springs.
  • USE ASSISTANCE to find proper plank position. Hold for 10 seconds!


  • From Plank position drop the pelvis down to reverse pike (making the letter v). Flow the movement back to plank position (STARTING POSITION).
  • Again hold the STARTING POSITION 10 seconds.


  • Leading with the sternum bone lift the chest allowing your spine to curve. Make sure you are aware of pushing your legs down on the trapeze bar with springs.
  • Flow the movement back to plank (STARTING POSITION).
  • Once completing the full rep of movement then workup to repeating 10 times!
  • The only holding point in this exercise is a 10 second hold in plank!


The discipline of ballet training; The possible effects on long term mental health: Guest Post by Terry Hyde

Here is a Guest Post for you today! Psychotherapist, Terry Hyde MA, MBACP (registered), who danced in the 1960’s and 1970’s with Royal Ballet, London’s Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet), West End Musicals, Film and TV writes about MENTAL HEALTH. Putting both of those careers together, Terry has a fine understanding of what a dancer needs. 

Terry carries out therapy sessions via skype. To get in contact with Terry please write her at (please note the English spelling of counselling).

The discipline of ballet training; The possible effects on long term mental health

In this article, I take a look at the potential links associated with the long-term mental health effects from traditional ballet training. How can you be affected  by ballet training from an early age?  Can this really have a positive or negative link to your mental health in later life?

Ballet is an extremely demanding discipline; it requires dedication, determination and talent. In the past, it was acceptable for the teachers to shout at, and even at times use physical force on students in classes.  They would roughly pull, push or twist their students bodies into the correct position during the classes. Thankfully this style of teaching is no-longer accepted, there are much better ways to motivate and inspire the student.

If you are reading this and are or were a dancer, it’s likely that you started to learn some form of dance from an early age. Perhaps it began as a hobby to burn off excess energy; your parents may have taken you to help with your posture. Some of you may have had a ‘stage-parent’ who sent you to classes to fulfill their own frustrated dreams.

If you fall into the latter category, you may already realise how debilitating this situation can be. As a child you may well have found yourself wanting to do the things that your friends were doing but because there was an underlying fear that you would lose the love and approval of your parents, you continued to dance. This can leave you feeling that you have missed out on parts of your childhood as a result.


Photo Credit: Renee Scott

My personal history

I started training as a ballet dancer at the age of five in the mid 1950s and retired from dancing and performing in my early 30s. Although I loved my career as a dancer, I’ve seen that the effects of the training methods and the discipline required, can leave some individuals with long-term problems with their mental health.

When I started dancing, I knew instantly that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Many other children feel the same passion and continue taking classes throughout their childhood, teenage years and beyond.

Life beyond performing

From a practical perspective, the discipline I learned from ballet has carried me through my whole life.  Throughout my performing years and into businesses that I ran, and now into my psychotherapy practice. Now I’m  using my experience to help other performers deal with the stresses and strains of their profession,  whether they are still performing or have retired.


Dancer: Former Principal dancer of Cincinnati Ballet. Photo by: Peter Mueller

I still have some obsessive traits from when I was told that “this is the only way to perform this step and that’s the way you are going to do it”.  This has made it easy for me to learn new things and always eager to “get it right”.  In some people this can result in the development of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), as they strive to “get it right”, the knock-on effects of this are anxiety and low self-esteem due to not being able to “get it right” in the demand for perfection in their performance.

Mental health issues

A number of other mental health issues arise from the performer’s “need to be perfect”. In addition to anxiety, low self-esteem and OCD many performers suffer from eating disorders and struggle with loss and grief due to not being good enough to start a career, or having to end a promising career due to injury. As performers, there is always a level of  instability due to insecurity of lack of work.  The list goes on.

Good nutrition is now being recognised as an important aspect of maintaining good mental health.  Click here  to hear about some research into how nutrition can help some mental health issues.