Danelle Dickson

Founder of, Performance Plus Physical Therapy

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DR. DANELLE DICKSON, PT, DPT, OCS is a licensed physical therapist, Performing Arts specialist, Orthopedic clinical specialist and owner at Performance Plus Physical Therapy.

She is also the host of the Dancing around Elephants Podcast, co-founder of a business mentorship for minority women: The Business Female Foundation, and co-founder of the Dance Ready Project, an online hub for tools and resources for dancers.

Dr. Danelle’s forty two years in the dance world fueled her passion to work with dancer’s injuries.

She combined her passion for dance with her skills in orthopedics to work with thousands of dancers and other athletes, at the pre-professional level and professional levels. She has worked with local DC dance companies, DC dance schools and notable companies and performances such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Little Dancer, Angels in America, POTUS!, Chicago!, Netflix’s Bridgerton, Tempestous Elements, Dissonance Dance Theater, Dance Institute of Washington, Dance Academy of Virginia, Kirov Ballet, The Viva School of Dance, and University of Maryland Dance Department.

Dr. Dickson has lectured at Howard University, University of Maryland, University of Delaware and Marymount University on dance medicine , injury assessment and treatment. She has also presented at the national level, at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and international dance medicine conferences on dance research at International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), and featured in national physical therapy magazine (APTA) in 2022 for her innovation in clinical practice in the dance and mentorship world. Dr. Dickson’s expert topics include dancer injuries, injury prevention, patient advocacy and business mentorship for minority women.

Dr. Dickson lives in Takoma Park, MD with her close friends and cats Ché and Fidel. When she is out of her Washington DC clinic, you can find her traveling the world looking for new adventures, and to spend with her family in Trinidad, England, and Australia. And of course, always finding time to dance.

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