At MOTI, we have a special love for dance and have developed a true expertise in treating dancers.

We know first-hand that dancers are artistic beings who also push the human form to extraordinary feats of athleticism, who endure a rigorous training and performance schedule, and who usually have no “off season”. We understand that the dancer’s body not only requires a vast range of motion, but also the ability to stabilize that range of motion with adequate muscular strength and neuromuscular activation.

With a thorough understanding of the dancer’s biomechanics and physiology, we have extensive experience rehabilitating injuries that manifest as a result of overuse and/or inefficient dance technique, e.g. knee pain or pain and instability of the ankle. We also treat traumatic injuries that happen as a result of a one-time incidence, e.g. landing a jump and tearing an ACL or dislocating a shoulder during partnering work. Through functional movement assessment of the dancer, we are able to identify their strengths and weaknesses, as well as areas of hyper-mobility or decreased mobility. We then work to restore and create an optimal balance of mobility and strength. We also make sure that the dancer returns to sport with a better understanding of their biomechanics and with the knowledge and tools to proceed in their dance career with more effective practices for cross-training, injury prevention, and overall wellness.

Our therapists have extensive experience treating both young competitive dancers and professional dancers. We are very proud to have worked with dancers with professional credits such as Dancing with the Stars, Shaping Sound, So You Think You Can Dance, Radio City Rockettes, Wicked the musical, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Magic Mike, La La Land, and numerous other films, stage, and television productions.

Furthermore, our director Dr. Nick Cutri and his wife, professional dancer Katie Schaar, are the creators of Sugarfoot Therapy, a revolutionary injury prevention training program that brings the exercises of Sports Physical Therapy to dancers. Learn more at

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