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The Level 2 Intensive Workshops allow you to focus and grow in each specific area of dance technique.  This allows each area to be explored in greater detail and provides age appropriate progressions, modifications for injury & personal experience.

COVID UPDATE: Due to the current restrictions on both local and international travel we are reworking each of the Level 2 workshops to be available as an Online Virtual  Workshop.

For the latest dates and locations of upcoming courses keep an eye on the Upcoming Workshops page.

Flexibility Intensive

& How to Train Extreme Mobility Safely

For Dance Teachers and Health Professionals

The body of research & development around the art of flexibility, and especially the fascial system and its relationship to our mobility, continues to grow. Flexibility, or lack thereof, is very rarely contributed to muscle tension alone. We must look at each individual more carefully to understand the true cause of any restrictions in range of motion.  Factors like joint shape or position, neural tension, fascial tension, breath, postural habits and even emotion can all contribute to lack of flexibility in an individual. Once the true cause is identified, efficient and safe techniques can be used to rapidly, and safely, improve mobility.

Understanding the relevance of this new information to the dancer is essential for all students, teachers and health professionals, especially those working with elite athletes and performers. Many traditional stretches, and even many ‘Myofascial Release Techniques’ taught globally may actually be doing more harm than good. Gone are the days of forcefully "releasing" fascia with deep foam roller work or massage techniques. The new work is far gentler, more effective, and less damaging to the tissues. However, this requires a unique, intelligent, multifactorial approach, with a deep understanding of human anatomy guiding its application. 

Due to popular demand – the original one day workshop has been extended into a new 2 day Flexibility Intensive, which also explores how to train extreme mobility safely!

Many dance teachers are concerned at the safety of their students who are working into the extreme positions require by some current choreography. They want to keep their students safe, yet do not want to hold their dancers back from suceeding in this ever competative world. While some young dancers struggle with their range constantly, others have excessive natural range, and will often perform "tricks" that make most adults squirm. How do you train this extreme mobility safely?

This intensive teacher training workshop with Lisa Howell will answer questions such as:

  • What make makes one person tighter than the other?
  • Why can one dancer do the splits without stretching while others can’t, even when they try so hard?
  • Why do students sometimes feel even less flexible when they are stretching?
  • How do I help student get their leg higher in second when it just feels like it’s stuck in the socket?
  • How do I deal with a class full of students with different levels of flexibility?
  • How do I deal with students who suddenly lose flexibility when they go through a growth spurt?
  • What is neural tension, and how can I work safely with students with tight nerves?
  • In students who have amazing range, how do I ensure they stay safe?
  • How do you work into deep back extensions without risk of stress fractures or spondylolisthesis?

Note: Please do not worry if you struggle with your own mobility!

We will have several student models as well as the course presenter to demonstrate some of the higher level elements so you will not feel obliged to perform any movement that is not part of your normal repertoire. However, many teachers are delighted at just how much they effortlessly improve their mobility during the course!

Aims of the course:

  • Increase the awareness of the multifactorial nature to flexibility training, that everyone is different and may require different training techniques at different periods of time.
  • Educate dance teachers and therapists that the traditional method of pushing into restriction is often not the most effective way to improve, and in some cases may be counter productive.
  • Explore safe ways of assessing exactly where each individual is restricted in order to create the most effective program.
  • Learn safe ways of mobilising these restrictions to create more mobility.
  • Understand why these areas of tension build up in the first place and how subtle changes to how we sit, stand and walk can make an enormous difference to our flexibility.
  • Discover how to apply these training techniques to the extreme mobility demanded by many of todays' performing artists.
  • Help teachers manage the flexibility of adolescents safely through growth-spurts.

Many traditional stretches and even many "Myofascial Release Techniques" may actually be doing more harm than good. Flexibility, or lack thereof, is very rarely contributed to muscle tension alone. We must look at each individual more carefully to understand the true cause of any restrictions in range of motion.  Factors like joint shape or position, neural tension, fascial tension, breath, postural habits and even emotion can all contribute to lack of flexibility in an individual. Once the true cause is identified, efficient and safe techniques can be used to rapidly, and safely, improve mobility.

If you are struggling to find exercises to fit all students or feeling frustrated because you feel helpless with a particular student who just isn’t making progress, this course is for you! This workshop will help you assess your students in detail and be able to offer them effective techniques in a logical clear order to get them on the way to achieving THEIR optimal flexibility. It is also for teachers who are concerned at the extreme positions young dancers are wanting to work into, as it gives you safe guidelines on how to guide their development.

This two day intensive workshop will change how you work with flexibility forever! 

New Online Virtual Workshop Format

We all know that learning in person is so much more engaging than watching videos online, but unfortunately our popular in-person workshops are simply not possible in the current climate. The original Level 2 Flexibility Intensive course has been divided into four 4 hour sessions to allow optimal understanding of all of the content via an online virtual workshop format.

To replicate the depth of learning and personal connection we feel at the in-person course, the content is delivered in a combination of live teaching, pre-recorded video content and personal exploration.  While you do not need to have a student model with your during the course, we highly advise planning to practice each days content on a model after the call finishes. After the workshop you will also be given unlimited access to the recording of the calls, giving the opportunity to go over any particular parts of the course in your own time.

Call #1

9:00am - 9:15am - Introduction -  We spend the first few minutes inviting attendees to introduce themselves and give a brief background of their training and vocational focus. Developing a community of like minded professionals is extremely important when working at this level.

 

9:15am- 10:30am - Assessing Range - The course commences with understanding the nature of flexibility, how to assess each individual's particular restrictions and the order of progression in which restrictions need be worked on for optimal efficiency and safety in flexibility gains.

 

10:00am - 11:00am - The Importance of the Breath - Effective breathing mechanics can have a surprisingly effective impact on many individuals flexibility. We look at assessing and improving the dynamics of breathing as well as several effective retraining exercises.

 

11:00am - 11:15am - Morning Break

 

11:15am - 12:15pm - Bone & Joint Restrictions - We look at assessing the hip and spine to determine any bone-on-bone or joint restrictions, and revise several exercises introduced in Level 1 to help resolve these safely.

 

12:15pm -1:15pm - The Nervous System - We explore the role of the nervous system on flexibility via both its function and mechanical properties. We explore how each of these aspects can be worked with intelligently to create lasting change in flexibility.

Call #2

9:00am-11:00am - The Fascial System - The fascial system can affect mobility in a number of ways. We explore the nature of fascia and then look at various mobilisation techniques to specifically target fascial restrictions.

 

11:00am - 11:15am - Break

 

11:15am - 12:45pm - The Muscular System - While traditional static stretches are not the most effective way of improving flexibility, understanding how the muscular system affects flexibility is still very important.

 

12:45pm - 1:15pm - Improving Mobility Long Term - Finally we look at other ways of continuing to work on flexibility long term.

Call #2

9:00am-11:00am - The Fascial System - The fascial system can affect mobility in a number of ways. We explore the nature of fascia and then look at various mobilisation techniques to specifically target fascial restrictions.

 

11:00am - 11:15am - Break

 

11:15am - 12:45pm - The Muscular System - While traditional static stretches are not the most effective way of improving flexibility, understanding how the muscular system affects flexibility is still very important.

 

12:45pm - 1:15pm - Improving Mobility Long Term - Finally we look at other ways of continuing to work on flexibility long term.

Call #3

How to Train Extreme Mobility Safely - In calls #3 and #4 we explore how to use the knowledge gained in calls #1 & #2 along with very specific sequences of exercises to train dancers, gymnasts, contortionists and martial artists into the extreme positions that they require for high level competition in the safest way possible.

 

9:00am - 10:15am - Assessing Each Position - We look at how to assess common positions such as the front splits, over-splits, wheel and scorpion pose to analyse the true restrictions for each individual and the best options for improving their range safely.

 

10:15am - 11:00am - Components Required for an Effective Walkover - We use the 'simple' walk-over as an example of how to create a pre-screening protocol for specific steps that may be dangerous if attempted too early. This process gives attendees an instantly applicable screening protocol to use in their studios and a template for creating additional ones as needed for their specific requirements.

 

11:.00am - 11:15am - Break 

 

11:15am - 1:15pm - Improving Hip Extension - We use a structured sequence of Mobilise, Isolate, Integrate & Function to create carefully planned sequences of exercises for each particular element. The first is Hip Extension, which is a major element in many dance and gymnastic movements.

Call #4

9:00am - 10:15am - Safely Improving Spinal Mobility - This section reviews some of the spinal mobility work in Level 1 and then takes it to the next level to achieve dynamic control in greater ranges of extension.

 

10:15am - 11:15am - Improving 'Hamstring' Mobility - This section covers assessing and improving the functional mobility down the back of the legs, whether this restriction is neural, fascial or muscular. Dramatic changes in range can be achieved quickly and maintained for longer by applying the formula presented here.

 

11:15am - 11:30am - Break

 

11:30am - 1:00pm - Improving Shoulder Mobility - Improving mobility and control in the shoulder girdle makes a huge impact on high level performance artists' ability to execute many steps. This detailed look at safely improving range in each structure empowers teachers with well-needed information that is rarely included in teacher training courses.

 

1:00pm-1:15pm - Question Time - Due to the depth of content covered in this intensive teacher training course, we make sure to leave time to cover additional questions and clarification in this final call.

The extreme positions discussed in the manual are delightfully illustrated by Mike Howell, Lisa's Dad, allowing us to look at the issues surround each one in detail, without harming any more young dancers!

Overstretching splits lisa howell mike cartoon ballet blog
warm up fire stretch stretches lisa howell mike ballet blog oversplit

The following videos give a review of some of the relevant information from the Level 1 Teacher Training course, to review before attending the two day Flexibility Intensive

 

Is Over-Stretching Bad?

 

Why do hypermobile people get more pain?

Completing the Level One Teacher Training is recommended prior to attending any of the more detailed intensive Teacher Training courses. If you have yet to attend the Level One Training you may sign up to our Level One Online Teacher Training Portal prior to the workshop going ahead. For further information about this, please contact us on workshops@theballetblog.com. 

Level 2 Workshops

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    Online Flexibility Workshop: 26th-29th September, 2020

    Unfortunately our popular in-person workshops are simply not possible in the current climate so the original Level 2 Flexibility Intensive course has been divided into four 4 hour sessions to allow optimal understanding of all of the content via an online virtual workshop.

    Times & Dates:

    What’s included: 

    • 4 Live Zoom Workshops – To replicate the depth of learning and personal connection we feel at the in-person course, the content will be delivered in a combination of live teaching, pre-recorded content and personal exploration.
    • A comprehensive set of assessment sheets – These sheets make any future flexibility assessments easy to conduct, and to share with your colleagues.
    • Access to the Level Two Members Area – This includes a library of over 100 pre- recorded videos and bite size sections of the course content for you to refer to after the live calls.
    • Access to a recording of the virtual workshop –You will also be given 30 days access to the recording of the virtual workshop, ( after the virtual workshop has taken place)  giving the opportunity to go over a particular part of the course in your own time.
    • CEC/CPD Accreditation – After this workshop you will be emailed the CPD Accreditation Application Form for this intensive, which is designed as an overview of the four day online course in order for you to appropriately claim CPD credits with your governing body.

    Strictly limited to 18 individuals so that you will have plenty of time to ask questions.

     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.

    *Please click here to view our cancellation policy before completing your purchase.

    $550.00 AUD
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    Online Pointe Intensive: 22nd-24th September, 2020

    Unfortunately our popular in-person workshops are simply not possible in the current climate so the original Level 2 Pointe Intensive course has been divided into three 4 hour sessions to allow optimal understanding of all of the content via an online virtual workshop.

    Times & Dates:

    What’s included: 

    • 3 Live Zoom Workshops – To replicate the depth of learning and personal connection we feel at the in-person course, the content will be delivered in a combination of live teaching, pre-recorded content and personal exploration. These calls will be limited to just 18 individuals so that you will have plenty of time to ask questions.
    • A comprehensive set of assessment sheets – These sheets make any future pre-pointe assessments easy to conduct, and to share with your colleagues.
    • Access to the Level Two Members Area – This includes a library of over 100 pre- recorded videos and bite size sections of the course content for you to refer to after the workshop.
    • Access to a recording of the virtual workshop –You will also be given 30 days access to the recording of the virtual workshop, ( after the virtual workshop has taken place)  giving the opportunity to go over a particular part of the course in your own time.
    • CEC/CPD Accreditation – After this workshop you will be emailed the CPD Accreditation Application Form for this intensive, which is designed as an overview of the four day online course in order for you to appropriately claim CPD credits with your governing body.

    Strictly limited to 18 individuals so that you will have plenty of time to ask questions.

     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.

    *Please click here to view our cancellation policy before completing your purchase.

    $450.00 AUD
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