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Maureen O'Rourke, LMTa former dancer with a BFA from the University of California at Santa Barbara, teaches muscular anatomy-in-clay for dancers using the Maniken model, as well as anatomy/physiology, kinesiology/injury prevention and Pilates in the college dance program at University of Florida / NWSA since 1988; and gives many lectures and workshops dealing with anatomy and injury prevention for dancers, massage therapists & Pilates teachers around the world.  Ms. O'Rourke is a licensed massage therapist, certified neuromuscular therapist, and Pilates teacher, specializing in dance rehabilitation and injury prevention.  In addition to working with her private Pilates & massage therapy clients in the Miami area, she heads the therapy department at the New World School of the Arts' dance division, where she works with high school, college, and professional dancers.  She uses techniques from hydrotherapy such as whirlpool, ice massage and contrast baths as well as trigger point release work, connective tissue massage, postural re-alignment, Pilates, and stretching to rehabilitate injured dancers, and to teach them how to heal small injuries before they become major problems. 

Contact: Maureen O'Rourke

MEMBER: American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Florida Dance Association (FDA) International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS).  Florida License # MA 8721


1989-2012:  Seminars: Jon Zahourek (Anatomy Studies with Maniken & Craniken Models - AMTA Anatomy Summit July 1991, and continuing), Thomas Myers (Anatomy Trains), Paul St. John & Leon Chaitow (Neuromuscular Therapy), John Barnes, Dale Alexander, Phil Aberman & Erik Dalton (Connective Tissue Work / Craniosacral Therapy), Bodhi Kocica (Hoshino Therapy), Ben Benjamin, Michael Loomis, & David Kasparsak (Sports Massage Therapy), Aaron Mattes & Leonard Elbaum (Kinesiology & Stretching), Judith Aston (Aston Patterning), Alma Shissler (Hydrotherapy), Michele Larsson, Deborah Lessen, Kevin Bowen, Laure Sharadsky, Brent Anderson, Alba Calzada, Elaine Wright, Debra Salkov & Dianne Rose (ongoing Pilates-based exercise), Bernadette Dunn (Thai yoga massage), and various teachers (Yoga, Shiatsu, Feldenkrais, & Trager®).

2004: Certification as a Pilates instructor through Core Dynamics - Michele Larsson, Kevin Bowen
1987-88: Certification in Neuromuscular Therapy, St. John Method
1987: Educating Hands School of Massage Therapy Diploma; LMT licensed in State of Florida
1982-2002: Studied dance, Pilates-based conditioning as apprentice with Dance Miami (‘82-83) & other teachers
1975-91: Studied dance techniques with various artists, performed with various modern & jazz companies
1981: BFA Modern Dance, University of California at Santa Barbara 

1988-2017: Head of Therapy Department, New World School of the Arts Dance Division
1987-2017: Private massage therapy

2003-Present: Pilates clients in Miami area
2004-present: Pilates mat classes twice weekly at The Conservatory in South Miami
2010-2012: Pilates mat classes at CGCC Wellness Center, Coral Gables
2004-2011: Pilates in the Garden mat classes at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden
1987-89: Doral Saturnia Spa, Studio Cosmyl
1988-89: Health Dynamics, with Paul Canali, D.C.


Lectures, panels, master classes - “Hands-On Anatomy”, Maniken (Anatomy in Clay), Appropriate Choreography for Children, Pilates-based Exercise, LMT in Dance Medicine, Anatomy/Injury Prevention for Dancers: Tsoying Taiwan - WDA; Indonesia - DACI; Australia - NDA; Louisville & Niagara Falls, Portland - Network of Performing Arts HS’s; Miami Beach - FSMTA; Aspen -PAMA; Tampa, Miami - FDA; Miami - NHSDF & ACDFA; Miami, New York, San Francisco, West Palm Beach - IADMS; Orlando – PMA; Miami, Kendall and South Miami FL - Anatomy for Pilates Instructors (Polestar & “Hands-On Anatomy”)
1988-present: New World School of the Arts, Dance Division - Anatomy & Physiology, Maniken (Sculptural Anatomy), Kinesiology & Palpation, Injury Prevention Lectures, Anatomy for Visual Artists
1990-98: Educating Hands School of Massage Therapy - Hydrotherapy, Kinesiology & Palpation, Anatomy in Clay, Anatomy & Physiology, Commonly-encountered Soft-tissue Pathologies & Treatments
1990-2010: Florida Dance Festival, Dade County Dance Teachers Association - Anatomy, Injury Prevention & Treatment, Benefits of Massage Therapy for Dancers Lectures
1990: University of Miami, Miami Beach Extension - Massage techniques
1984-87: Momentum School of Dance, In Motion Dance Center, Temple Judea, Temple Beth Sholom, Slim Gym, Arabesque Studio, Miami, Hollywood, FL - Dance, stretch, aerobics & exercise.
1980-85: Miami-Dade Community College, Coconut Grove Children's Theater, Miami Beach Workouts, Goleta Community Center, Santa Barbara, CA - Dance techniques


Hydrotherapy and Heliotherapy: Natural Healing With Water, Herbs, and Sunlight, Published in Miami, FL, 1996 by Educating Hands, Inc., Publishers
“Massage Therapy in Dance Medicine,” published in Medical Problems of Performing Artists, June, 1998 (Presented at Performing Arts Medicine Ass’n Conference in Aspen CO June 1997)

Hydrotherapy and Heliotherapy: Natural Healing With Water, Herbs, and Sunlight, Published in Miami, FL, 1996 by Educating Hands, Inc., Publishers
“Massage Therapy in Dance Medicine,” published in Medical Problems of Performing Artists, June, 1998 (Presented at Performing Arts Medicine Ass’n Conference in Aspen CO June 1997)
“Dancers Improve With Massage Therapy” 1998 study in conjunction with researchers at the Touch Research Institute, published in Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, Vol.3 #3, 1999 (Presented at IADMS - International Association of Dance Medicine & Science Conference in Miami, October 2000)
“Expert Advice: Hyperextension Help,” published in Dance Spirit Magazine, November 2006, page 74
Interviewed & quoted extensively for “The Art of Breathing,” by Susan Amoruso, published in Dance Teacher Magazine, August 2007, pages 122-4.
*(In progress: text/DVD: Movement Science Basics: A Manual of Anatomy, Kinesiology & Injury Prevention for Dancers), used in NWSA class. Hydrotherapy and Heliotherapy: Natural Healing with Water, Herbs, and Sunlight, Published in Miami, FL January 1996.

TO ORDER CALL: Educating Hands Book Store (305) 285-0651 or 1 800 999-6991

or E-mail: Maureen O'Rourke



I am presently writing a Workbook for Muscular Anatomy to be used in my teaching in conjunction with the Maniken®™ skeleton model & producing a video (including information on correct technique & injury prevention) to accompany it.


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Last modified: 05/10/09