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DanceSTRONG Rehab and Wellness

Joint Effort is proud to offer Dance and Performing Arts Rehab to the Charleston area!  Led by dancer and physical therapist, GIna Aicardi, our program incorporates dance-specific physical therapy, injury prevention, conditioning & Pilates, and Postural Restoration to help you get back on the stage as fast as possible! 

Don't let the "DanceSTRONG" name fool you! We work with several other performing arts & competitive specialties such as cheerleading, gymnastics, ballroom dance, aerial performing, and baton twirling. 

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Dance-Specific Physical Therapy

Dr. Gina Aicardi is a physical therapist and a certified Performing Arts Rehab Specialist. She has a strong passion for working with dancers, gymnasts, and cheerleaders! Our dance rehab program incorporates Postural Restoration, dry needling, and performance-specific activities to help get you back quickly.  

Common dance-related injuries we see are

  • Low back pain

  • Hip impingement

  • Hip flexor pain

  • Foot pain

  • Ankle sprains

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Neck pain

  • Hamstring strains

We are in-network with BCBS and Aetna. HSA and FSA can be used towards services. 

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Dancers work out during a DanceSTRONG Strength and Conditioning Series
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Looking to be a stronger competitor? Our DanceSTRONG conditioning program incorporates core strengthening, balance, and flexibility in a small group or one on one setting. We tailor this program to strengthen commonly weak areas and stretch overused ones to help improve overall biomechanical balance.   

DanceSTRONG is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Classes are 45 minutes long and have a maximum of 5 participants per class. 

DanceSTRONG conditioning with Dr. Gina

Group Session (45 minutes, 5 participant max): $25

4 Session Group Package: $85

One-on-one Wellness session (45 minutes): $85

Workshops and screenings

We offer FREE on-site workshops and screenings geared towards your students!  We offer the following programs: 

Injury Prevention Workshops

This 30ish minute session involves us talking with your students as a group and discussing injury preventions. We teach 1-2 core strength activities and discuss some warning signs for possible injury or problems. Workshops can be tailored to dancers, cheerleaders, and gymnasts.

Injury Prevention Screenings

We perform one-on-one injury screenings to your students using research-based dance specific tests and measures. We then develop an overall injury risk assessment and discuss plans and options for improving risk. We can usually see about 15 students per hour. Screenings can be tailored to dancers, cheerleaders and gymnasts. 

Point Readiness Screenings

Using research based test and measures, we will screen your students that are visibly ready for Pointe to verify that they have the ankle stability, ROM, and core strength to achieve this next level. We can also give activities to help improve any skills lacking. 

Pop-Up Clinics

We can come to your studio or event and offer Pop-Up clinics!  Dancers can sign up for a 30 minute PT, Pilates, Massage, or Reflexology session (depending on what you select) for $35 each. Events are usually around 4 hours long. 

Dance Rehab Director Gina Aicardi works with a dancer during a DanceSTRONG class
Two dancers perform a bridge on a physioball during a Pilates Duo class
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We all know how important core strength and form is when it comes to competing on high levels! That's what we have former dancer and Pilates Expert, Emily Weiss! Improve your dance form, strength, and balance so you can shine on stage and crush it on the competition floor!

DanceSTRONG Pilates with Emily 

Introductory Session (30 minutes) $40

45-Minute One-on-One $70

45-Minute Duo Class $40

45-Minute Trio Class $25

6 Visit individual Package - $375

Lily W.

Joint Effort Movement Center is absolutely fantastic! I’ve had many experiences with physical therapists over the years and this was by far one of the most positive, warm and insightful, even on just my first meeting with Gina and Courtney. As a dancer and dance instructor, it was particularly meaningful to work with a professional who knows and understands the specific needs of my field, and Gina was truly wonderful on all accounts. I’m looking forward to working with them more and can’t recommend this group enough!

Leigh R. (Dancer Mom)

Our first visit was outstanding Gina’s knowledge and attention to details amazed me. My daughter has been dealing with ankle issues for the past year. With her assessment we now know exactly where the weakness is and how to strengthen and get her back to what she loves most, dance.
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