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Empower your Dancers, Inspire Yourself!

Whether you are a dance teacher who wants to give more to your students or a health professional who works closely with dancers, this 3 day intensive training course will be very powerful for you.

THE PROGRAM

Due to popular demand Lisa has put together an intensive Dance Teacher Training course for Dance 3 Day WorkshopTeachersand Health professionals! These intensive learning days are always extremely popular and provides attendees with a huge wealth of knowledge. Level 1 is run as a three day intensive program covering all of the major areas that we see issues in when working with clients one-on-one. Many common injuries could be prevented if minor issues in technique were picked up earlier in their training, and this course gives teachers a deeper insight and the skills to do this.

As the demands placed on young dancers’ increases, with challenging choreography and extreme mobility becoming commonplace, dance teachers are faced with more difficult questions than ever before. They often come to me with questions like;

How do we achieve extreme mobility safely?
What is the long term impact of this kind of training?
What should I be doing at what ages?
How do I deal with all of these injuries?
What do I do when a student just does not have good turnout?

Health professionals are also challenged, with dancers needing high level rehab that is often outside the realms of how they have been trained. They are constantly frustrated with dancers not taking appropriate rest times, or failing to improve with ‘normal’ rehab programs.

My aim has been to bridge the gap between these two realms, developing teacher training course to increasing Dance Teachers knowledge of how to prevent injury in the studio, and empower Health Professionals with highly effective ways to get dancers back to their peak in the shortest possible time. It may seem unusual to train these two disciplines at the same time, but this allows us to start building a local community of like minded professionals to best support the dancers.

WorkshopDay1Dance Assessment –

Every dancer, no matter what age or grade level can benefit from a dance assessment. The assessment is designed to look at common issues with basic technique, understanding why some students find these simple elements difficult and effective ways of addressing any issues found. This information will help create a dancer's roadmap to real improvement as fast as possible.

We focus on correct execution of:

  • Standing in 1st and 5th position
  • Plié
  • Rise
  • Tendu en Croix
  • Retiré

During the assessment component we will discuss what is ideal in each test (with allowances for age and experience), common issues, how to correct the issue, corrective stretches, exercises, warm up techniques, visualisation cues & points to focus on in class. This is especially helpful for therapists who may not have a strong knowledge of what is required in some simple steps and movements. Dance teachers will learn why, many things they already know and practical tips to correct common issues in class. These insights will provide teachers with greater flexibility in helping students correct flaws in technique or body issues that were previously thought to be uncorrectable. For instance we discuss 11 common issues with performing a demi or Grand Plié, such as blocking in the front of the ankle and simple ways to correct these in class.

Level1WorkshopWarm Up Vs Flexibility Training – We will start off the morning with a gentle warm up and a discussion in the difference between appropriate warm up/cool down routines & flexibility training. We will discuss ideas for effective warm up routines for different class styles and suggestions for different age groups. We will also discuss the dangers of over stretching and partner stretching, especially at critical ages in a dancers training. We will explore different techniques of neural and fascial release to help improve mobility safely.

Core Control – True core control goes so far beyond doing hundreds of sit-ups, especially if dancers have had any experience of back pain. Good core control helps the dancer in a myriad of ways, from improving turns and adage to allowing an increase in flexibility! We look at a clever way to facilitate the bodies natural core stabilising system. A graded system of assessing and developing core control is introduced, it can be used as a framework and be further customised by each teacher/therapist based on their specific genre & experience.

Not All Hips Are Created Equal – Training turnout is probably one of the biggest challenges for dance teachers & therapists, as not many individuals are blessed with great range and control in all directions. This section will look at the hip in detail, and how to assess turnout range in all directions. Based on the findings of these assessments, we look at smart and safe ways of improving turnout range in different positions.

Level1CourseTraining Turnout and Hip Injuries – After improving our turnout range on Day 2, we then discuss ways of improving control of external rotation in all positions (standing leg, en fondu, in retire, devant, a la seconde and in an arabesque). A special note will be made on how to prevent and recover from hip injuries such as snapping hip and anterior hip pain.

Regaining Foot Control and Returning to Jumps – Correct foot control is essential from everything from allegro to pointe work and everything in between! We will focus on how to isolate just the right muscles in the dancers foot to help improve technique, balance and prevent injuries. We will also go through a series of exercises for the rest of the body to help dancers work through their feet in allegro, for quiet jumps and ultimate height! This is essential when a dancer is moving back to jumping after a period of time off. Retraining the correct movement patterns of jumping can be the difference between recurrent injury and complete resolution of the issue, as well as improving jump height in non-injured dancers!

Spinal Mobility – Many teachers report that their students are wanting to include elements to their routines that require far greater levels of flexibility in the back than they currently have. There are many unsafe ways that students attempt this, and teachers often struggle to give students safer alternatives. We will discuss safe ways of improving range of motion in the spine as well as the dangers of pushing too deeply into back bends.

Arabesques – One of the most challenging positions to achieve for classical dancers is a well placed arabesque, and it is one thing that doe not necessarily get better simply by practicing the same thing over and over again. We will analyze the ultimate arabesque line, and look at exercises to improve each component, as well sat strengthening exercises to help bring all of this together.

Q&A – After listening to suggestions from previous participants we have extended the length of the original course to allow time for specific questions across all topics. This allows us to go over any areas that individuals may want clarity on, or discussion of specific case studies. This session is a great time to ask Lisa all of those extra questions that you have been dying to ask.

Three full days of classes are included, from 9am to 4pm each day.

Attendees will receive a detailed manual outlining all areas that will be covered in the course, including the assessment techniques, exercises & class work. This manual is not available for individual purchase.

A lovely healthy lunch will be provided each day so please advise of any dietary requirements when booking your place so we can keep you happy all weekend long!

As we usually have a lot of people coming in from out of town for the course, an optional dinner is organised (not included in the booking price) for those who are interested. This evening will give you the chance to ask any questions you may have regarding dance, injury, training techniques and more!

THE TEAM

Lisa Howell

Owner, Senior Physiotherapist

Sally Harisson

Senior Physiotherapist

Kathryn Rowling

Physiotherapist

Heidi Kim

Physiotherapist

Why You Should Attend

The focus of the course is to help fine tune your observation skills, assessment of technical faults and anatomical restrictions, allowing you to work with dancers at a much higher level. It is designed to share the wisdom gained from amy years of working with dancers, and to provide teachers and health professionals effective and efficient solutions to the problems they face every day. You will leave with a deeper understanding of how to correct these issues with specific exercises or stretches, and how to integrate this into a dancers training and class work, in the safest possible way.

There will also be a strong focus on how to manage certain common injuries. The successful treatment of any dance injury must include good communication between the dancer, their therapist and the dance teacher, to make sure that the dancers training is optimised and continued during their rehabilitation. Knowing what each party is responsible for is paramount in efficient and complete healing.

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