The Kirov Academy of Ballet pays attention to the well being of the whole dancer. Our health and wellness team, which includes a nurse, nutritionist, dance therapist/counselor and Resident Life Manager, works proactively to help our students develop healthy lifestyles necessary for successful ballet dancers.
Our school nurse is on site five days a week (Mon-Fri) and on call Saturday and Sunday. KAB has a long-standing relationship with an expert team of pediatric and orthopedic specialists.
Dr. Eran Kessous, MD, is Kirov Academy’s Official Medical Consultant. Dr. Kessous is board certified in both family and sports medicine. He completed his sports medicine training at Harvard Medical School’s Children’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Kessous received his medical degree from St. George’s University in 1999. He then completed a surgical internship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. His practice, Montgomery Sports Medicine, provides comprehensive, high quality, care to patients with any sports-related injury or medical problem.
Our nutritionist works with students to address dietary needs and educates all students about healthy food choices. She also works closely with our kitchen staff to plan weekly menus.
Maintaining a Healthy Diet and Weight
Students have monthly height, weight, and vitals checks with the nurse. KAB’s health and wellness program helps our students to embody the aesthetic image of ballet dancers while maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. Students who slip outside of a healthy range, over or under, are first referred to the school’s nutritionist, nurse and counselor. Additional treatment may be sought for the student, if deemed necessary by the medical team. KAB handles these cases with the utmost care and discretion, with parental notification and involvement from the beginning.
KAB provides our students a full range of physical therapy (PT) services as part of its health curriculum. A weekly visit by a registered physical therapist provides students with access to services that allow for increased strength, range of motion, class participation and performance tolerance. Physical therapist visits also provide students with treatment for reoccurring and/or new injuries, and each dancer receives resources and information for better understanding their bodies and the importance of correct technique to maintain a healthy, injury-free training experience.