In 2015, the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) launched the Dancer Wellness Program in partnership with the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) to ensure the health and safety of performing dancers and paraders in New Orleans.
NOMAF seeks to provide local performers (especially burlesque dancers, parading dancers, African dancers and marching band members) with preventive health care education through monthly wellness workshops addressing health and injury topics specific to dancer’s needs. Through the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, we seek to provide specialized care and one-on-one treatments with a dance athletic trainer.
- Become a patient of the NOMC
- Come to monthly Dancer Wellness workshops. Monthly dancer wellness workshops and events will address health and injury topics specific to your needs. Open to dancers across disciplines.
- Follow the Dancer Wellness Program on Social Media
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“Performing artists are the soul of New Orleans, and we want people to know we’re here to take care of them.”
Partners & Supporters
Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University
The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University is the first dedicated teaching kitchen to be implemented at a medical school. The center provides hands-on training for medical students through culinary medicine classes in the form of electives and seminars as well as continuing education for the healthcare and foodservice industries. The Goldring Center parters with the Dancer Wellness Program to provide a state of the art space for athletic nutrition instruction and cooking demos for performers.
The Marigny Opera Ballet, New Orleans’ resident dance company, was founded in 2014 to provide professional experience to local dancers, choreographers and musicians. The innovative, professional company of dancers performs original work, including full-length ballets. In 2015 and 2016 the company received awards for performance and choreography from the Gambit Weekly’s Tribute to the Classical Arts. Known for its unique New Orleans aesthetic of fusion, live music, and the unexpected, the Ballet has performed to a wide gamut of music and musicians in New Orleans. For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.
Performing Arts Medicine Association
The Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) is an international member organization comprised of dedicated physicians, therapists, trainers, educators and administrators, as well as performers and students with the common goal of improving the well-being of performing artists. Members of PAMA are professionals in fields that include research, education, and clinical practice.
Trixie Minx is a New Orleans burlesque performer, producer and cultural ambassador, as well as a leading member of the Dancer Wellness Program. Known for her artistic and comic-inspired acts, she has entertained audiences across the world. Trixie Minx partnered with the NOMC as a community health advocate in the local burlesque community and has been an active participant in a range of wellness programs and events.