Training 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, à 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 analyse 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.