The Mission of Dance Medicine is to teach dancers and athletes how to use the body
efficiently and effectively;
to educate them about conditioning their bodies and provide them with the knowledge that
will help them achieve this goal;
and to promote an understanding of problem areas to assist in preventing further injury as well as treating acute injury.
"Finding the balance between flexibility and stability
to close the gap for injury"
Dance Medicine specializes in the treatment and prevention of injuries to dancers and those participating in other sports such as cheerleading, acrobatic ice skating, gymnastics, pole vaulting, volleyball, soccer, baseball, martial arts, and karting. We also offer services to those interested in making a lifestyle change for a healthier body in the future.
We are focused on providing high quality individualized service. Our services include Physical Therapy evaluation and treatment for a variety of diagnosis including pre-op, post-op, acute and chronic injuries; dance conditioning, pointe readiness and pointe shoe assessments, dancer and athlete screening to identify strength/flexibility deficits and asymmetries.
In addition, we offer seminars for dancers, dance teachers, studio owners which include:
proper warm up and stretching techniques
alignment and strengthening exercises
review of anatomy and common injuries for dancers
integrating knowledge of the body with dance
understanding problem areas
“I’ve known Christine for nine years now. She was the PT who helped me find my feet again after my very first dance injury. I can say wholeheartedly that Christine is one of the most passionate and curious people I know. She takes the time necessary to learn your body in order to develop an individualized conditioning plan that gets you closer to your goals. Nine years later, now in my professional career, I came to Christine with some goals in mind. After 4 weeks, I noticed real increases in body awareness, range of movement, strength and balance. She targets areas of the body that we tend to overlook in our dance technique training, but are crucial for a healthier and stronger career. The process is not only challenging, but fun! Thank you Christine!"
Derick McKoy, Jr.
Dancer || Choreographer || Actor
Dr Christine Lessard-Lloyd has been a Physical Therapist for 20 years. She was the Supervisor of Outpatient Rehab for the past 10 years and lead PT for the Dance Medicine Program for a local healthcare system. Her passion for dance and physical therapy has driven her to own her own local practice, Dance Medicine. She has more than 30 years of dance experience and is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader. She is certified in Graston Technique, Progressing Ballet Technique, Progressing Contemporary Technique, KT taping, NeuroTour Backstage Injury Prevention, Harkness Center for Dance Injuries and has completed courses with Josephine Lee for pointe readiness and pointe shoe assessments. She has been a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science since 2008. Her passion is educating dancers on injury prevention, promoting proper stretching and dance specific strengthening. She has worked with dancers from Miami City Ballet, Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders, The Ailey School, Juilliard, San Francisco Ballet and professional ballroom dancers including US and World Ballroom Champions. She is the exclusive PT for New World School of the Arts highschool and college dance program. She also teaches dance conditioning classes and seminars for local competitive studios, pre-professional and professional companies. “As a PT who is also a dancer, I have the advantage of understanding the physical demand on the body and how to condition dancers by finding the balance between flexibility and stability to minimize the risk of injury.”
Christine L Lloyd, DPT
DANCE IS THE ONLY ART WHEREIN WE OURSELVES ARE THE STUFF OF WHICH IT IS MADE