The Sports Doctor, February 8, 2023
The Sports Doctor with Dr Robert Weil
Guests, Annette Thomas and Amber Gil
Headlined Show, The Sports Doctor February 8, 2023
Annette Thomas, Dance & Sports Educator & creator of “Ballet for Figure Skaters” joins me along with returning Amber Gill, Former Competitive Figure Skater & prominent skating coach. Then, it’s 'The Sports Doctor Is In' with some “Bob Gajda Wisdom” & your emails!
Guest, Annette Thomas
Annette T. Thomas has been teaching Vaganova Methodology for over 30 years throughout the United States and abroad. Originally trained at Carnegie Hall by the late Maria Nevelska of the Bolshoi Ballet, she also trained with Ana Garcia of the San Juan Ballet Company, Marguerite De Anguera and Mme. Alexandra Danilova of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo during her time at the Connecticut Regional Ballet Company. Annette has traveled the world gaining extensive training, teaching and performance experience in various forms including Contemporary, Jazz, Flamenco, International Folkloric, Character Dance, and Bharatanatyam.
Annette also studied the pedagogy of Russian Classical Ballet with Mme. Nevelska and under the tutelage of her mother who studied ballet pedagogy with the famed John Barker. She received her Certificate of Completion of the First Class Pedagogical Course for the Study of Classical Ballet in 2005 from one of America’s leading pedagogues Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio.
Annette’s primary focus and proven forté is the meticulous training of teaching the fundamentals of the first year of Vaganova methodology. As it is this first year of training which is foundational to all ensuing work. She has devoted her life’s’ work to training teachers and coaches this vital work. She has authored 2 books and a video on the biomechanics of classical movement specifically for figure skaters and is the former director of the Russian Ballet program at Brookfield Centre for The arts. Annette currently Teaches workshops and on-line pedagogy course through American ice Theatre and is a member of UNESCO CID (International Dance Council)
Guest, Amber Gil
Amber Gil was born and raised in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. At the age of 3 she began figure skating and shortly after she began competing. At age 16 Amber had to retire due to an unresolved lower back injury. Her passion for her sport led her to begin her professional coaching career, at age 17. Amber is a USFS & PSA Professional Figure Skating Coach for 21+ years, also she is a National level Coach. She coaches out of Glenview Community Ice Center in Glenview Illinois in conjunction with World & Olympic Coach/Choreographer Rohene Ward. In addition, Amber has her Associates Degree from Harper College in Palatine Illinois. She resides with her husband and children in Elgin, Illinois.
The Sports Doctor
The Sports Doctor is in! Dr. Robert A Weil, Sports Podiatrist, specializes in orthotics that improve alignment, stability, balance & performance. He has practiced podiatry & sports medicine for over 30 years in the Aurora- Naperville area and was recently inducted into the prestigious 2019 National Fitness Hall Of Fame. Dr. Bob has treated many of the world’s premier athletes from all types of sports. He is the host of “The Sports Doctor™” Radio Show. The show is now featured on BBS Radio Network, UK Health Radio Network & Sports 4 Fanz Radio. Dr. Bob was formerly on HealthyLife Radio and was also on WDCB public radio in Chicago for over 20 years. He has written articles for many newspapers & magazines and is a frequent guest on other networks. And his new book, co-written with Sharkie Zartman, titled '#Hey Sports Parents! An Essential Guide for Any Parent with a Child in Sports' - is now available on Amazon!
Join the Sports Doctor and his great guests for important topical information for injury free exercise, wellness and sports performance for both adults and kids. Frequent topics include, the role of the foot in sports, all aspects of sports medicine including, proper sports shoes, youth safety, health, wellness, and sports performance for both adults and children.