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Dance medicine is a small field and requires expertise available only from working in the field--classic catch 22. I worked for the English National Ballet for 11 years after an unintentional introduction, and some doctors have become involved casually on tours first and then built up an understanding.
Expertise in sports medicine and training is a good start, and an intimate knowledge of dance technique would be a bonus. Some orthopaedics, podiatry, and musculoskeletal medicine skills are necessary. The unexpected side is dealing with international class athletes with theatrical temperaments, which can provide interesting challenges at times; most dancers, however, are dedicated, talented,