Janine Bryant Launches New Column on Dance Website

St. Davids, PA, October 14, 2013: Janine Bryant, co-director of Dance at Eastern University, was invited to  join a team of writers for Dance Journal on the philadelphiadance.org website. The monthly column, Bryant's Dance Medicine and Science, is syndicated. Bryant is also a faculty member of Biokinetics and Education in the Campolo College for Graduate and Professional Studies at Eastern University.

See her first column about dancers as athletes.

Janine Bryant says, "I felt it fitting to begin with dancers as athletes because, not only am I passionate about the subject, my research is structured around it. Dancer wellness, or making sure dancers get the care, treatment and training protocols they need, is what drives my interest in dance medicine and science.  As an active member of IADMS (International Association of Dance Medicine and Science), I am committed to helping past, current and future generations of dancers to train better and dance longer through research and awareness."

Janine Bryant has been teaching technique and choreographing classical and contemporary ballets for more than 20 years. She earned a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in 1986. In the early 1980′s, Bryant was a scholarship student at the Martha Graham School and studied with Martha Graham and other prominent dancers. While in New York, she danced with the Pearl Lang Dance Company and worked with Lynne Lesniak and Dancers, an offshoot of the Alwin Nikolai Company.

In addition to her studies at the Graham School, Bryant was on scholarship at the Peridance Center where she worked with Igal Perry, Miguel Moore and Zvi Gottheiner. Independently, she studied with Finis Jhung, David Howard and Madame Gabriella Darvash (Kirov technique). She also worked with Kathy Grant in New York to learn the Pilates method.  As a member of Philadelphia Dance Theatre, she was chosen to dance the solo role of Doris Humphrey’s The Call and Breath of Fire and was personally coached by Ernestine Stodelle in New York and at her home in Connecticut for the role.

In the fall of 1990, Janine was one of two Americans accepted to study at The Royal Academy of Dancing in London, and earned her Elementary Executant Certification and her Pre-Elementary Teaching Certification, recognized in 52 countries. IN 1991, Janine founded The Professional School (TPS) in Turnersville, NJ, and directed the school through 2002.  She has been a frequent guest lecturer at The University of the Arts where she received their prestigious Silver Star Alumni Award in 1996.

Janine Bryant was a visiting guest artist for the Black Rock Dance Company in Reno, NV, where she created new works and taught master classes. She was recently added to the guest faculty of DeSales University for their Summer Intensive programs. She is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and Dance UK and is currently earning her PhD in dance medicine and science from The University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom. Her research focuses on the aging dancer and range of motion.

Janine lives in Audubon, PA, with her husband, David Bryant, who is a lecturer of music at Eastern University. They have two sons.

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