Dance Physiotherapy & Assessment
Physiotherapist, Street Style Dance Artist
Momoka “Momo” Nogita is a physiotherapist with a special interest in Dance. Momo is the Project Lead of Northhab Health’s ARTlete Program in conjunction with Art in Motion Brisbane. She has a long history in street style dance and is one of the 2021 Red Bull Australia sponsored Rep Your Style dancers. Momo currently trains at The Home Base Dance Studio.
Bookings with Momo can be made Mon-Wed at our Crestmead clinic and Fridays at our Springwood clinic, Physio on Chatswood.
Tertiary Dance Council Physiotherapist Examination
If you wish to apply for a tertiary level dance degree such as Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at QUT, you are required to complete the tertiary dance council physiotherapist examination. This exam must be completed by a qualified physiotherapist.
What should I expect during the session?
The session will take around 60 minutes. During the appointment, we will ask some questions relating to dance, injuries, and other important information regarding your health. Next, there will be a series of physical examinations that will be walked through one by one, using measuring tools such as goniometers and measuring tapes.
The results of each physical assessment and its implications to dance will be explained thoroughly by the physiotherapist, and you may be prescribed some exercises to complete at home to improve on them. If required, you may be asked for a physiotherapy review to re-assess and progress the exercises for further improvement!
We are committed to walk you through your dance career and help assist better managing and preventing dance-related injuries. Book your first appointment today by calling 38032100.
In-House Dance Conditioning with
The ARTlete Program
Street style dances such as breaking, hip hop, locking, popping, and choreography are becoming increasingly popular due to influences from social media like Instagram and Tiktok, as well as the recent approval of breaking as an official sport category for Paris Olympics in 2024. Despite the athleticism and the physical load that is required, dancing is often seen as an art form and not considered a sport by many. This may explain why there are not as many dancers and teachers who are educated on injury prevention and management compared to elite athletes in a sporting team. Sophisticated physical capacities including aerobic and anaerobic fitness, strength, endurance, speed, balance, coordination, agility, flexibility and motor control are required in order to perform dance at a higher level (Russell, 2013). When dancers exceed the limits of their anatomical and physiological capabilities after many repetitions of routines and movements, it can lead to increased injury risk (Motta-Valencia, 2006). This may be the case particularly for street style dances as they are not codified with systematic progressions as seen in classical styles such as ballet and modern dance, or tap dance (Ojofeitimi, Bronner & Woo, 2010).
The Artlete program is an exercise program designed for competitive dancers particularly for street styles where the concept of injury prevention and management is not as well developed. This program aims to educate and train dancers to improve their condition in preparation for dance competitions and prevent future injuries. The program includes 6 weeks of guided weekly strengthening, power, balance, and dance-specific exercise classes, a 6 week challenge, and three education sessions. The name ‘artlete’ stems from the two words ‘artist’ and ‘athlete’, conveying a message that dancers are not only creative, inspirational and unique artists but are also active, dynamic and injury-prone athletes as well.