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Dance Injury Prevention in Breaking

Photograph by Nika Kramer, Notorious IBE

I’m so happy to have the ability to convey you an article on a subject we don’t hear an excessive amount of about in the dance drugs world – Breaking – or “Breakdancing” as it’s typically referred to in the media – and the way it impacts the dancer. Nefeli Tsiouti Is a young IADMS (Worldwide Affiliation for Dance Drugs and Science) member from Cyprus, who has introduced the artwork type forward, bringing information and understanding to the accidents suffered in this subject. She graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London) together with her Grasp’s in Dance Science less than three years in the past, and already has finished much to additional her ardour about Breaking and concern concerning the dancers’ wellbeing. She is the founder and Director of Challenge Breakalign, drawing consideration to this matter worldwide. She can also be a researcher for the Cyprus Musculoskeletal and Sports Trauma Analysis Middle, and is presently pursuing her Physiotherapy diploma at European University, Cyprus. Nefefi gained the Sports Therapist of the Yr award from the  international Federation of Holistic Therapists. She has a powerful resume already, and we shall be hearing rather more from her in the longer term. Please move this on to all your dancers / educating colleagues, however especially those that work in this specific dance type.

– Jan Dunn, MS, Dance Wellness Editor


by Nefeli Tsiouti, MA, MSc

I can’t cease writing articles till I can get all hip-hop dancers away from damage!

Psychologists say that in case you have experienced a state of affairs yourself, you’re more outfitted to narrate higher and help others who will go through comparable situations. So here I am, after overcoming severe persistent accidents, some of which have not yet decided to completely go away, and some surgical experiences, I have determined to dedicate my life to serving to others forestall injuries.

Dance gave me wings, because it does to everybody. However someday, once I met ‘Breaking’ (or Breakdance as recognized by the media), I used to be amazed! A very intriguing, social, upside-down, flipping around, artistic dance fashion that gives creativity beyond the roof. It’s literally one of the uplifting and open-to-options dance types that one can become involved with.

Nevertheless, as positively distinctive as Breaking may be, due to the acute physicality that’s required to have the ability to carry out it, if it isn’t taught progressively, and with out the suitable body conditioning, it might trigger accidents to the body.

BreakdancerNefeli Tsiouti, photograph by Anna Motou.

An enormous a part of the mentality of a Bboy/Bgirl (Break-boy /Break-girl, the male or female who dances to the ‘break’ of a music – in any other case generally known as Breaker / breakdancer) is the fixed battle to realize. Bboys and bgirls set very excessive objectives when practising their art type, and with that additionally comes managing an damage and dancing by way of it. They like to bop with an damage and maintain creating, than to cease practising in order to relaxation and heal–and then return to bop.

This choice to continue whereas injured, was one of many solutions dancers gave on the 1st international Breaking survey I carried out with Dr. Matt Wyon (College of Wolverhampton – UK), on damage prevalence in Breaking. They said that it was preferable to ‘continue dancing with the injury, but carefully’. From my perspective, this hunger and drive to develop into higher than your self each single day, and to all the time develop, is likely one of the most lovely and rewarding parts of Breaking. The exhausting work that Breakers put in their craft, and the reward they feel when attaining their objective, when profitable the battle, when completing their transfer, when spinning on that head, when touchdown properly on that elbow – all the crazy issues that when appeared supernatural, turn into systematic in their apply.

Usually, in Breaking the most typical accidents occur on the higher body. The axis of the body could be very typically vertical in Breaking, subsequently the impression on the joints and the demands for the higher body to generate the movement, could be very excessive – but in addition unnatural, in terms of rules of practical movement in addition to ‘typical’ methods of shifting. A research that we carried out at the Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health at UCL (2015), showed that not only does fatigue have a big unfavorable impression on the steadiness of particular foundational breaking movements, however it might additionally scale back the drive which breakers use to get into sure movements. This finding suggests that fatigue might lead to accidents – in relation to strain and weight distribution. Nevertheless, the fitter and in better situation the breaker is, the less doubtless it’s that they’ll get injured [1].

Nefeli Tsiouti, photograph by Anna Motou.

It’s essential to not put obstacles into this constructive group of people who have constructed great expertise out of nothing. In 2013, once I realised how damaged I had grow to be from dancing (18 years of dancing on the time), I made a decision to behave on it and contribute to the hip-hop culture in a approach that others hadn’t had the prospect to do at that point.

Subsequently, in 2013 I started a research challenge on the prevention of injuries in the breaking subject – Undertaking Breakalign. What we’ve got concluded is that there is something missing for the breakers, and usually for many dancers in different types as properly. That missing ingredient is a device…..A software for dancers to teach themselves and embody in their physique – i.e, the required info for prevention of injuries. My research group of 15 international researchers/dancers, and myself, carried out a 1.5 year-long challenge the place we created the Breakalign Technique. This can be a conditioning program, based mostly on the analysis of the biomechanical (which means the mechanics of motion) and physiological calls for of Breaking. Extra info on the Technique and the challenge might be discovered at: www.projectbreakalign.com . The creation of the methodology was funded by the Centre Nationwide de la Danse, in France.

However, a second of honesty is important here. Stopping damage in such a bodily group of dancers could also be achieved up to a sure point. From that point onwards, as dance scientists and researchers of the style, we will scale back the danger of damage by implementing sure rules in the follow of Breaking – but the danger will all the time be there, relying on the spontaneity of the dancer, their fitness degree, the flooring, their footwear, and lots of more parts…..that I might speak about for hours!

So this concludes this first introduction to Break Dancers and Dance Drugs / Wellness –stay tuned for #2 article, coming quickly on 4dancers.org.

References: [1] Tsiouti, N., Constantinou T., Philip, Okay., Sanchez, E., Paton, B. (2016). Evaluating the connection between fatigue, strain and weight distribution on the higher limb in breakers. Revista Movimenta. 9(four): 659-664. (http://www.revista.ueg.br/index.php/movimenta/article/view/5622/3840)


Nefeli TsioutiNefeli Tsiouti, MS, MSc

Nefeli Tsiouti completed her MSc in Dance Science, supported by 3 scholarships from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. She has been dancing for 21 years, having as her most important dance coaching classical ballet in Cyprus and Greece. She has obtained a Bachelors Diploma in French Language and Literature from the University of Athens in 2009 and a Masters in Choreography from Middlesex University in 2011. She has been a Lecturer in Dance in Schools and Universities throughout London since 2011. She can also be the Inventive Director of Scope Dance Theatre since 2010, making hip-hop dance theatre using the inventive parts of the hip-hop culture.

Nefeli initially began training Breaking in 2007 and unfortunately obtained a very critical damage on her shoulder, which meant she had to cease any bodily activity and have a medical operation in 2008. Several years after no dance activity, she moved to UK for her studies and commenced Breaking once more and has been competing nationally and internationally ever since. Since 2013 she has been the Founder and director of ‘Project Breakalign’, a prevention of accidents analysis undertaking for breakers. The goal of the challenge is to bridge the hole between dance drugs and science, and dancers, and to make the information of analysis develop into as applicable as potential to the hip-hop dancers, and not only.

Nefeli gained the Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund in 2014, choosing New York as her analysis vacation spot. She was also awarded the Bogliasco Basis Fellowship in 2015 in Genoa Italy for further research on injuries in breakers. She has also been awarded the Gill Clarke Resource Fund, the ‘Centre National de la Danse’ Funding in 2015 to develop the ‘Breakalign Method’ for Venture Breakalign, the ‘Dance UK’s Dancers’ Mentoring Programme’, being mentored by Matthew Wyon, in addition to being a finalist for the ‘Change Maker Award’ by London Evokes Awards.

Nefeli’s work over the past few years has targeted on creating a new space of dance drugs and science research, which focuses on hip-hop dancer and specifically breakers. Undertaking Breakalign has been on the forefront of bringing new info to educational analysis and translating it to succeed in the communities with the dancers who want it. Nefeli has devoted her work to the mission of decreasing the danger of accidents and selling a more healthy dancer for longer, with Undertaking Breakalign’s research, lectures, workshops and her lively participation in international breaking competitions.

International talking engagements embrace Brazil-UK Network in Dance Drugs & Science 2016 in Brazil, Performing Arts Drugs Association’s Annual Conference 2016 in L.A., Wholesome Dancer Canada ninth Annual Convention 2016 in Saskatoon, Worldwide Association for Dance Drugs & Science Annual Conference 2016 in Hong Kong, Serendipity’s Blurring Boundaries: City road meets modern dance 2015 in De Montfort University UK, Kingston University’s PoP Moves Rising Scholars Symposium 2012 in UK and Goldsmith’s University’ Conference of Modern Music & Dance 2012 in UK. In 2017, she is going to current the creation strategy of the ‘Breakalign Method’ on the Centre Nationwide de la Danse in France. For more information, watch the following trailer: https://youtu.be/zJjSoo6WAic

Nefeli’s professional efficiency and/or choreographic credit embrace London Olympics Opening Ceremony 2012, RIOT Offspring/Sadler’s Wells 2014, Open Artwork Surgical procedure/Breakin’ Conference, Dance Umbrella/Barbican, B.Supreme UK Tour, Faraday’s Cage movie/Firm Bricolage, Barcelona Worldwide Dance Trade, The Place, ELLE-Adidas MyGirl International campaign 2014, People Dance

Remixed UK Tour (2014-15), Opera in Revolution 2015 in Cyprus, and extra.

Revealed articles embrace a bit of research in Blurring Boundaries: City road meets modern dance by Serendipity (2016) and in addition an article about well being in dance in Dance In the present day. Dancing Occasions (2014). Extra publications are anticipated from 2017.

Tsiouti, N., Constantinou, T., Philip Okay., Sanchez, E. & Paton, B. (2016). Evaluating the relationship between fatigue, strain and weight distribution on the upper limb in breakers. Revista Movimenta. 9(four): 659-664

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