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Making adjustments is at the essence of a dancers life. How do you find your ideal alignment? Is the arm here or there? Are you pointing your toes, when your choreographer asked you to flex? We constantly ask our students to make adjustments, for what is considered “accurate” in that moment in time. Learning to make adjustments easily is extremely important for any dancer—it allows the learning process to become fluid, enjoyable, and productive. Ultimately one hopes that making adjustments maintains good bodily health and well-being.
However, there are countless instances where asking dancers to make certain adjustments when they are injured, healing, or at greater risk for re-injury can be quite dangerous. Some of these moments may be: a student has a physical limitation such as an injury or disability, a movement is too painful to repetitively do, that there is greater risk of re-injury while doing a particular movement. When an unnecessary risk of danger for a dancer surfaces, it is appropriate to empower the student to modify accordingly.