Mia Michaels – Apolla Performance Wear

THE NEW GROUND SERIES: Redefining Today's Dancer

Episode 4: The Artist AND Athlete: Mind, Body & Soul

In the last episode of the series, Mia explores the whole dancer (mind, body, and soul). Combining dance science research with Mia's personal experience as a dancer and choreographer. She shares how you become an artist AND an athlete to help you achieve longevity in your dance career as a whole healthy person.

Episode 3: Reprogram The Room ~ Revitalize the Culture

Diving into her own journey as a teacher and choreographer, Mia reflects on her own evolution in how she runs a room and how we can reprogram the culture of dance to reduce the injury risks dancers are exposed to.

Episode 2: Flooring, Bare Feet, & Dancer Footwear

Episode 2 discusses a very important topic for the dance community. As dancers, what we wear or do NOT wear on our feet has had minimal evolution in the last 30 years...even with the advancement of sports science technology and research. How that contributes to the injury risks that are far too prevalent in dance is discussed in this episode. Backed with scientific research and Mia's career experience...we present to you a NEW perspective for dancers to consider, creating NEW GROUND and Redefining Today's Dancer for the future generations. Please share with your dance network of this eye-opening episode.

Episode 1: Introduction to the Series

In Episode One, we introduce Mia and Apolla's collaboration...but this series is about SO much more than just footwear. This first episode sets up the series and focuses on the many injury risks dancers are exposed to in their lifetime. We bring together sports science research with Mia’s extraordinary experience. This episode kicks off the discussion, bringing awareness to the dance culture that has an epidemic of injuries and what we can do to start the conversation to enact change. We are looking to redefine dancers as artists AND athletes that train their minds, bodies, and souls like the athletes they are. Throughout the series, Mia dives into what changed her mind and her stance on many of the old traditions. She shares with the next generation of dancers how to avoid common failures in hopes to help dancers everywhere enjoy a long and healthy career in dance.