Entitled "Healing the Dancer," the seminar will feature a panel of experts: an orthopedic surgeon, a kinesiologist, a physical therapist and nutritionist, and a chiropractor. The seminar has been designed by Neuwirth in conjunction with the Actors' Fund in order to help support the dance community.
In a statement singer-actress-dancer Neuwirth said, "As dancers, we are good at dealing with the aches and strains associated with our profession. Sometimes, though, we get an injury or develop a chronic problem that knocks us off our feet. Last year I had hip replacement surgery. It came after several years of physical therapy, arthroscopic surgery, and excruciating pain. Add to that the emotional stress of not being able to dance and not wanting people to know about my condition — and I think you understand what that prison is like. After the replacement I recognized how extremely lucky I was to have a great doctor and great support from the few people with whom I shared my secret. And so I'd like to create a support system for other dancers."
The Actors' Fund will also now offer a support group for dancers who are dealing with injuries or other health concerns. "My hope," Neuwirth added, "is that this program will help us all keep dancing, stay healthy and enjoy our beautiful gift as long as we can."
To register for the 4-6 PM seminar, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 221-7300, ext. 261.
* The Actors' Fund, which was founded in 1882, is a non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Some of the many programs The Actors' Fund provides include a nursing home and assisted living care facility; senior and disabled programs; mental health services; chemical dependency services; entertainment industry assistance programs; the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; the AIDS Initiative; and supportive housing on both coasts.