Angeline Wolf Gloria (Dancer/ Choreographer/Instructor)- Anterior Total Hip
Anterior Hip Replacement, December 2015
Surgeon: Chinenye Nwachuku MD Hospital: St. Lukes, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Angeline Wolf Gloria began studying dance at the age of four. She received her high school education from Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, and her undergraduate education from the Juilliard School in New York. While at Juilliard she studied under Anthony Tudor, Jose Limon, Hector Zaraspe, Alfredo Corvino, Hanya Holm, and Anna Sokolow, and members of The Martha Graham Company.
Her Professional career began at the age of 23 with the Louis Falco Dance Company. A year later, in 1974, she became a founding member of Jennifer Muller/ The Works. She was principal dancer and associate artistic director, as well as the primary rehearsal director and teacher for the company from 1974-1990. During her tenure with The Works, she helped to create ballets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Lyon Opera Ballet, and Nederlands Dans Theatre. Ms. Wolf Gloria has also been a guest performer in the New York seasons of Twyla Tharp and Dancers, and the Lar Lubavitch dance Company.
Ms. Wolf Gloria has been a guest instructor in workshops and residencies worldwide. She teaches classes in technique, repertory, solo-phrasework, and performance skills. In 2006, she co-founded the Totts Gap Arts Institute for fine and performing arts in Bangor, PA with her husband, James Gloria. The center has brought a high level of community arts programs to an under served community.
Most recently, Ms. Wolf Gloria has received two, PA Partner in the Arts grants; first for her work set to the Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites; second as co-Director of "The Muse" an innovative, interdisciplinary series of concerts featuring live Jazz and Modern Dance improvisation with visual artists and film documentation.
Here is Ms. Wolf Gloria's Story:
I did not chose the anterior procedure, it was offered to me. When I scheduled to have an x-ray done to see what was wrong I was very forthright in telling anyone who was listening that I was a dancer and that I still danced. So I was lucky that the Orthopedist that was assigned to me was young and did the anterior surgery which I know is a fairly new surgery. And of course the benefits of anterior versus posterior were explained to me.
My hip pain started 5 years before and I was in a dancers mind set that I could take care of this pain myself. I got the book "Pain Free" by Pete Egoscue and started my journey of self healing. Toward the end I couldn't do any dance movement with my left leg and finally agreed to the surgery. Part of my self healing involved a decision to take Pilates. I thought it would help ease the pain if I strengthened muscles related to the hip. So I began that in July 2015 and I got the new hip in December 2015. Of course the recovery went more quickly because I had 6 months of Pilates right up to the surgery.
After 8 weeks of physical therapy at Good Shepherd I asked the Orthopedist if I could go back to Pilates. I felt my gross muscles were being worked but I needed more refined muscle work to keep dancing. He said ok, but no "turn out". I stayed with Good Shepherd for a total of 12 weeks. By the end of the 12 weeks they were letting me jump on a trampoline. Soon I was able to start working in "turn out" and on May 1st I performed in an evening of improve with other dancers and was nervous about the hip but I had no pain.
Angeline Gloria performs at the Totts Gap Arts Institute after receiving a total hip replacement in late 2015. (Photo courtesy of William Cohea)
It has been a year and 4 months since the surgery and I move without worry. I have no pain, I have continued with the Pilates and I am teaching and still performing. I do have limitation with extending my leg in the air in any direction. I am still developing the muscles that allow me to "feel" my hip from the inside.But any part of this journey is done without pain. And after 5 years, that is amazing to me.
Totts Gap Arts Institute
1494 Totts Gap Road
Bangor, PA 18013
Submitted April 2017