Two New York City Ballet physical therapists, Marika Molnar and Katy Keller have been pioneering Dance Medicine since the early 80’s. On the pursuit of prevention and rehabilitation of dance injuries, the therapists developed a muscle strengthening package calle, The Dancer’s Dozen. Inside are two resistabands and an instruction book filled with 13 different exercises.
The two bands are color coded according to their resistance. The lighter band is to be used the first while performing the exercise series then you progress to the firmer band after getting the hang of the exercises. These exercises are designed to help increase flexibility and strengthen muscles with each exercise targeting a different muscle. Although these exercises are targeted to specific musle groups, your entire body is engaged in stabalizing and controlling aligment, just like in dance.