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The Level 2 Intensive Workshops allow you to focus and grow in each specific area of dance technique. Each one is delivered as a one or two day workshop, that can be taken in your area of interest. The classes typically run from 9am to 5pm, or 9am - 4pm for the two day workshops, which allows each area to be explored in greater detail and provides age appropriate progressions, modifications for injury & personal experience.

For the latest dates and locations of upcoming courses CLICK HERE or check out the individual listings at the bottom of this page.

Level 2 - Core Stability Intensive

A New Approach to Core Stability

For Dance Teachers and Health Professionals

By far one of the major problem areas that we see as therapists working with dancers, athletes, office workers and weekend warriors alike is in the the area of “Core Stability".

Many dancers, athletes and other individuals are performing “core” exercises that focus too much on control or restricting movement by bracing. Often the very exercises that individuals are using to try and better themselves are actually part of the problem. Over recruitment of muscles can cause just as many, if not more issues, than weakness in muscles, and this often happens when individuals have been formally taught how to move. In addition, many people perform their stability exercises lying on their back, which does not prepare them for the demands of sitting, standing and dancing!

What is needed is a radical rethink of what ‘core stability’ actually is, and a new approach to training stability in dancers which is built up over the years. When addressing core stability when there is an issue with mobility or pain in older dancers, we need to make a careful assessment of each individuals movement strategies, isolate their specific weaknesses and a develop a carefully considered retraining program to retrain optimal stability.

This full day intensive teacher training course builds on the knowledge gained in Level 1 and looks at developing strategies for facilitating true core stability in all ages and abilities. We include lots of practical tips and ways of helping every dancer, from your tiny tots to your Silver Swans!

So what is 'Core Stability"?

How we approach the training of the core has evolved drastically over the last 10 years. Recent focuses include how to incorporate breath into our training of the core to subtly activate muscles like the pelvic floor and transverse abdominus in an more effective way. 

The new approach looks less at conscious control, and more at utilising the body’s natural ability to stabilise itself. This can be achieved through carefully selected and graded exercises can be done to reestablish subconscious control whilst also raising kinaesthetic awareness.

This full day intensive teacher training course builds on the knowledge gained in Level 1 and looks at developing strategies for facilitating true core stability in all ages and abilities. We include lots of practical tips and ways of helping every dancer, from your tiny tots to your Silver Swans!

Note: Please do not worry if you struggle with your own stability or have any injuries!

The course is broken down into stages with each stage comprised of different exercise assessments, allowing the dancer and teacher to gauge at which level they currently stand. Each stage becomes incrementally harder to involve more elements and dynamic movement of the spine.

What you will gain from this course:

  • An understanding of the interconnected structures and functional anatomy that make up the body’s core
  • An understanding of how the fascial lines affect core stability
  • An understanding of the importance of the breath and it's relationship to the core
  • Knowledge of the deepest stabilising muscles of the spine, and how to tell if they are effectively working
  • The confidence to accurately assess the strengths and weaknesses in your students’ core stability in all dimensions
  • Insight into the variety common core weaknesses and prescriptive exercises to help strengthen these instabilities
  • A wide range of exercises that target the larger and smaller muscles that help to stabilise the pelvis, spine and limbs
  • A look into recent back pain research and simple strategies for relieving common back pain
  • Explanations for dance teachers on how to easily involve these exercises into students’ warm-up and strengthening routines
  • A handbook and access to a wide range of video material to refresh your knowledge

The Anatomy of Core Stability

Core Stability Grading

In the early part of the course we look at the natural development of spontaneous core stabilituy: Why some people developp it, and why others don't. We then look at specific isolation of the deepest layers of stabilising muscles, which is essential in both hypermobile individuals and those that have had significant episodes of abdominal or back pain.

Once correct firing of the inner unit has been established, we work through a grading system that assesses and develops stability in all directions. Using this form as a screening and training tool has dramatically increased the core control of our clients and gives them concrete goals of what they need to achieve next.

The exercises are split into different positions, and progress through five grades of difficulty. Often, an athlete will be much more stable in one direction that the others, due to their current training program. The grades are progressed with added complexity and require fine co-ordination rather than adding load to develop strength.

The following videos give a review of some of the relevant information from the Level 1 Teacher Training course, to review before attending the Level 2 Core Stability Intensive

 

The Importance of Crawling

 

Does cracking your joints give you arthritis?

 

Pelvic Tucks and Tilts Sequence

Completing the 3 Day Level One Teacher Training is recommended prior to attending any of the Level Two Intensives. If you attend any of our Level Two workshops prior to attending Level One you will be recommended to sign up to our Level One Teacher Training Portal for three months prior to the workshop going ahead. For further information about this, please contact us on workshops@theballetblog.com.

Level 2

  • 2 Day Flexibility Intensive- Level 2 Teacher Training, Calgary, Canada, Feb 2020

    All prices are in AUD – Check the current exchange rate to your local currency HERE 

    Location: Crossings Dance

    Address: #223, 229-153rd Ave, SE, Calgary, AB, Canada, T2X 2K2

    Flexibility Intensive – Sunday 9th & Monday 10th February 2020

    The Level 2 Dance Teacher Intensive Workshops allow you to focus and grow in each specific area of dance technique. Each one is delivered as a detailed two day workshop, that can be taken in your area of interest. These intensive classes allow each area to be explored in greater detail and provides age appropriate progressions, modifications for injury & personal experience.

    Please Note: Level 2 Courses are designed as an extension of the Level 1 course. Please make sure to revise the content in Level 1 before attending.

    If you are booking for more than one attendee, please make sure to use each attendee’s personal details (Name and Email) so that they are correctly registered and receive all of the appropriate information.

    By ticking this box, I understand that any of the material gained from these workshops can exclusively be used for the educational purposes of my teaching. Redistribution of this material, either electronically or physically, is not allowed as well as dissemination of the information within these courses for personal profit.

    $550.00
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  • 2 Day Pointe Intensive – Level 2 Teacher Training, Paris, France, June, 2020

    Location: Studio Bio Pilates Paris
    Address: 2 Rue Boyer, 75020 Paris, France

    Thursday 18th June, 2020 9am to 4pm
    Friday 19th June, 2020
    9am to 4pm

    Progressing onto pointe is one of the biggest rites of passage a young dancer faces, it is often very exciting. However, it is also very challenging, and the excitement of that shiny new pair of shoes is often quickly soured with the onset of pain and blisters. But it does not have to be this way! Given a slow and carful preparation, along with a detailed assessment of the dancer before pointe work is introduced, it can be one of the most amazing times, and open up a whole new world of possibilities in dance.

    During this two day Level 2 Teacher Training – Pointe Intensive training course you will learn:

    • Details of the correct training and preparation for pointe work
    • How to complete a thorough pre-pointe assessment
    • Mobilisation techniques to safely improve pointe range
    • Corrective exercises to achieve optimal alignment before commencing pointe work
    • How to choose the right pointe shoe based on the biomechanics of the foot
    • How to tailor the pointe shoe for a perfect fit
    • Good foundation pointe exercises that will give the student excellent basic pointe technique
    • How to prevent injuries on pointe
    • Answers to all of the common questions asked about starting en pointe

    Our Pointe Intensive is designed for both teachers and therapists!

    If you are booking for more than one attendee, please make sure to use each attendee’s personal details (Name and Email) so that they are correctly registered and receive all of the appropriate information.

    By ticking this box, I understand that any of the material gained from these workshops can exclusively be used for the educational purposes of my teaching. Redistribution of this material, either electronically or physically, is not allowed as well as dissemination of the information within these courses for personal profit.

    $550.00
    Add to cartMORE INFO
  • Protected: 2 Day Pointe Intensive – Level 2 Teacher Training, Sydney, AU, August, 2020

    Location: En Pointe Dance Academy
    Address: 9a Resolution Drive, Caringbah, NSW,2229

    Saturday 29th August, 2020 9am to 4pm
    Sunday 30th August, 2020
    9am to 4pm

    Progressing onto pointe is one of the biggest rites of passage a young dancer faces, it is often very exciting. However, it is also very challenging, and the excitement of that shiny new pair of shoes is often quickly soured with the onset of pain and blisters. But it does not have to be this way! Given a slow and carful preparation, along with a detailed assessment of the dancer before pointe work is introduced, it can be one of the most amazing times, and open up a whole new world of possibilities in dance.

    During this two day Level 2 Teacher Training – Pointe Intensive training course you will learn:

    • Details of the correct training and preparation for pointe work
    • How to complete a thorough pre-pointe assessment
    • Mobilisation techniques to safely improve pointe range
    • Corrective exercises to achieve optimal alignment before commencing pointe work
    • How to choose the right pointe shoe based on the biomechanics of the foot
    • How to tailor the pointe shoe for a perfect fit
    • Good foundation pointe exercises that will give the student excellent basic pointe technique
    • How to prevent injuries on pointe
    • Answers to all of the common questions asked about starting en pointe

    Our Pointe Intensive is designed for both teachers and therapists!

    By ticking this box, I understand that any of the material gained from these workshops can exclusively be used for the educational purposes of my teaching. Redistribution of this material, either electronically or physically, is not allowed as well as dissemination of the information within these courses for personal profit.

    $450.00 AUD
    Add to cartMORE INFO
  • Level 2 Intensive Series in Munich, GERMANY

    All prices are in AUD – Check the current exchange rate to your local currency HERE

    Location: Ballettzentrum Unterhaching Pirouette
    Address: Südstraße 8, 82008 Unterhaching, Munich,  Germany

    Core Intensive – Friday 12th June 2020
    Flexibility Intensive –
    Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th June 2020

    The Level 2 Intensive Workshops allow you to focus and grow in each specific area of dance technique. Each one is delivered as a full one or two day workshop, that can be taken in your area of interest. These intensive classes allow each area to be explored in greater detail and provides age appropriate progressions, modifications for injury & personal experience.

    If you are booking for more than one attendee, please make sure to use each attendee’s personal details (Name and Email) so that they are correctly registered and receive all of the appropriate information.

    By ticking this box, I understand that any of the material gained from these workshops can exclusively be used for the educational purposes of my teaching. Redistribution of this material, either electronically or physically, is not allowed as well as dissemination of the information within these courses for personal profit.

    $330.00$550.00
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  • Level 2 Intensive Series in Oslo, Norway, March, 2020

    All prices are in AUD – Check the current exchange rate to your local currency HERE

    Location: Den Norske Opera & Ballett
    Address: Kirsten Flagstads Pl. 1, N-0150 Oslo, Norway

    Pointe Intensive – Friday 20th & Saturday 21st March, 2020
    Flexibility Intensive – Sunday 22nd & Monday 23rd March, 2020

    The Level 2 Dance Teacher Intensive Workshops allow you to focus and grow in each specific area of dance technique. Each one is delivered as a detailed two day workshop, that can be taken in your area of interest. These intensive classes allow each area to be explored in greater detail and provides age appropriate progressions, modifications for injury & personal experience.

    Please Note: Level 2 Courses are designed as an extension of the Level 1 course. Please make sure to revise the content in Level 1 before attending.

    If you are booking for more than one attendee, please make sure to use each attendee’s personal details (Name and Email) so that they are correctly registered and receive all of the appropriate information.

    By ticking this box, I understand that any of the material gained from these workshops can exclusively be used for the educational purposes of my teaching. Redistribution of this material, either electronically or physically, is not allowed as well as dissemination of the information within these courses for personal profit.

    $550.00
    Select options
  • Level 2 Pointe & Flexibility Intensive Workshops in Brisbane, AU, April, 2020

    Location: Bayside Dance

    Address: 2/264 Tingal Road, Wynnum, Brisbane, QLD, 4178

    Pointe Intensive – Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th April 2020
    Flexibility Intensive – Saturday 18th  & Sunday 19th April 2020

    The Level 2 Intensive Workshops allow you to focus and grow in each specific area of dance technique. Each one is delivered as a full one or two day workshop, that can be taken in your area of interest. These intensive classes allow each area to be explored in greater detail and provides age appropriate progressions, modifications for injury & personal experience.

    If you are booking for more than one attendee, please make sure to use each attendee’s personal details (Name and Email) so that they are correctly registered and receive all of the appropriate information.

    By ticking this box, I understand that any of the material gained from these workshops can exclusively be used for the educational purposes of my teaching. Redistribution of this material, either electronically or physically, is not allowed as well as dissemination of the information within these courses for personal profit.

    $450.00 AUD
    Select options

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