Healthy Performers





The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask & The Effect On Health. Compton Publishing – May 2015

Jennie Morton’s new book now available online from Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes & Noble and all major online booksellers.

This book is written from the author’s own perspectives as a dancer, musical theatre performer, actress and professional singer from the age of two years old and, latterly, as an Osteopath specializing in the treatment of performing artists. Blending this experience and expertise, Jennie Morton uniquely draws together the physiological, psychological and socio-cultural aspects of being a performer, and views them in the context of health and wellbeing. Illuminated with interviews with leading performers from many disciplines, including Paul Roberts, lead singer of The Stranglers and Stefan Dennis, actor and cast member of Australian television series, Neighbours, the book provides detailed information on the physiological processes behind performing arts related injuries giving the reader the information to better manage their own health. Crucially, the author examines the culture of training in the performing arts and how best to prepare student performers for life in the profession. This issue is particularly pertinent to the author, who posits that the ‘wearing of a mask’ is inherent in many performers and is sometimes seen to be a prerequisite of many performing arts professions.

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The Embodied Dancer: A Guide To Optimal Performance

This iBook takes the reader on an exploratory journey through the key factors and concepts that lead to a healthy and fulfilling career as a dancer. Interactive features, such as videos and quizzes, allow the reader to engage with the content and to try out placement and exercises as they read along.

Beginning with some basic, essential anatomy and physiology, the book moves on to describe how to find the balance between flexibility and stability, how to manage hypermobility, and how to unlock the secrets of dynamic alignment. Sections such as High Legs with Healthy Hips, and Tips for Great Feet, give vital information on how to safely achieve these sometimes troublesome movements, and the chapter on Common Injuries helps dancers to understand and avoid the injury pitfalls. Psychological issues, such as performance anxiety and perfectionism, are explored in The Mental Edge, giving dancers the tools they need to manage and harness the power of their minds. With a further chapter devoted to the topic of nutrition and how to safely fuel for performance, the book provides everything a dancer needs to achieve their dancing goals and dreams.

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Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger

A comprehensive guide to supplemental training for dancers. This in-depth book contains information on dance anatomy plus the principles of strength and flexibility training. A wide selection of exercises for strength and flexibility training from the foot to the head gives dancers of all genres the information they need to build their own comprehensive supplemental training program.


Available April 2019



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Stretching for Dancers

A comprehensive guide for dance teachers on the theory and practice of stretching for dancers. The series includes five videos on the theory and principles of stretching with a further seven practical demonstration videos. Everything you need to know about safe and effective stretching practice. Available through CLI Studios.

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The Authentic Performer: Why Masking Your True Self Can Affect Your Health – iSing Magazine, December 2018

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Drum Clinic – Injury Focus: Tendonitis – Rhythm Magazine, March 2011

A look at one of the most common drumming injuries and its prevention and management

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The Virtuoso Foot – Clinical Rheumatology, May 2013

This article focuses primarily on the dancer’s foot and ankle, but it should not be overlooked that musicians such as drummers, pianists, keyboard players, organists and harpists also use their feet on the instrument pedals and are therefore also prone to injuries in this anatomical area.

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Voice And Dance Technique Integration – Triple Threat Or Double Trouble? – Article for US Voice & Speech Review 2013

Being a multi-disciplinary performer is becoming increasingly necessary for survival in the competitive world of the performing arts, nowhere more so than in our musical theatre productions.

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Osteopathy In The Arts – The Osteopath, April/ May 2013

Osteopathy has often been referred to as a blend of science and art. Our training is based on sound anatomical and physiological knowledge, while we have the freedom to be creative with treatment to ensure an individualised outcome for our patients. The comparison with the performing arts is clearly evident, with performers spending many years in focussed technical training to produce performances that are a unique and individual expressive experience every time.

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Dance Injuries – The Stage, February 2013

How should I manage dance injuries (or avoid them completely if at all possible?). Expert advice from Jennie Morton (Dance Osteopath) & Amy Thake (Dancer).

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Osteopathy For Singers – iSing Magazine, September 2014

Short article about the Osteopathic approach to treating vocalists.

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