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The 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 for 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.

Pointe Intensive

For Dance Teachers and Health Professionals

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.

Historically, pointe work can be tricky for some feet. While some may find it hard to fully rise over the block of the shoe, others may be dealing with excessive mobility within the major joints of the foot and find that they have very little control over their ankles. Since every dancer is different, the journey onto pointe is going to differ for every dancer. In addition, many women dance on pointe for most of their careers as ballet dancers so getting it right at the very beginning is crucial to ensure a long lasting career, and one that is injury free!

This two day workshop is designed to give you the most up-to-date advice in the industry to help you understand your students’ needs, analyze their differences, and them you the tools to help your students become the best dancer they can be.

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

Our Pointe Intensive is designed for both dance teachers and therapists who work with dancers!

Dance teachers often feel unsure of how to work with those students who don’t naturally have the optimal facility for pointe work. However, these students often end up being put onto pointe anyway, despite not having the appropriate range or control, in order to keep up with the class. Some teachers send their students to be individually assessed by a therapist, however many therapists feel unqualified to conduct in-depth pre pointe assessment if they have not  been explicitly trained to do so.

During this two day intensive dance teacher and health professional training course you will learn:

  • Details of the correct training and preparation for pointe work
  • How to complete a thorough pre-pointe assessment
  • Corrective exercises to achieve optimal alignment before commencing pointe work
  • Mobilisation techniques to safely improve range
  • 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

 

pointe Range Assessment lise howell intensive ballet blog

We know that getting onto pointe can be a race between some dancers and peer pressure can be high to stay at the same level. For this reason we include lots of tips to ensure that each student progresses as quickly as possible with the necessary strength and mobility. These include mobilising, massage, easy strengthening exercises. It may seem hard to get rid of bad habits in young dancers, but it is equally as hard to get rid of good habits!This two day workshop is designed to give you the most up-to-date advice in the industry to help you understand your students’ needs, analyze their differences, and them you the tools to help your students become the best dancer they can be.

The following videos give a review of some of the relevant information from the Level 1 Teacher Training course, that is good to review before attending the Pointe Intensive

 

Doming Exercises - The Good and the Bad

 

Why NOT to point into a Theraband

 

The Pros and Cons of Foot Stretchers

Overview of the content covered:

9am – 11am: Preparation for pointe work, the Pre-Pointe Questionnaire and Parents Education

The first part of the course looks at how we can more effectively prepare young dancers and their parents for the process of preparing to go onto pointe. Adequate education well ahead of the final formal pointe screening will help avoid many broken hearts, as well as reducing the likelihood of injury.  We go through a simple questionnaire that helps ascertain the current status of each dancer in relation to their training and injuries. This will help identify whether the student has the history and current training in order to be suitable for pointe work and to give a good snap-shot in time of their current timetable. We will also start on the Pre-Pointe Assessment process, reviewing some assessment techniques discussed in the Level 1 course, with a special focus on the requirements for pointe. 

11:00am – 11:15am: Morning Break

11:15am – 1:00pm: Pre Pointe Assessment

Assessing the individual dancer thoroughly before going on pointe is absolutely paramount to sucess en pointe and is slowly becoming more commonplace in dance schools around the world. Having a clear system that allows you to accurately identify areas of weakness, tightness and instability in a dancer allows us to give them specific exercises that will help optimise their function. The assessment process explores simple screening tests that teachers can perform in the studio before allowing their students to go onto pointe. This may be done as individual private assessments, or in a group setting over time. Effective and efficient mobilisation techniques are also introduced to help improve common areas of restriction, such as pointe range, plié range and turnout range and control.

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm – 4:00pm: Foot Assessment

In the afternoon of Day One we continue our assessment process, with special consideration of anatomical variances in foot type and foot shape. We discuss the pros and cons of having each type of foot and common difficulties that each foot type poses in relation to pointe work. We look at the various arches of the foot and the dynamic function of theses arches in ballet. Understanding foot shape is important when advising students on types of pointe shoes to buy when they are ready for pointe work.

 

Day Two:

9am – 11am: Specific questions in relation to starting en pointe

There are so many urban myths around pointe work, and on the morning of the second day we spend time discussing several of these, along with the repeated common questions about starting en pointe, such as:

  • Can you go en pointe of you have flat feet?
  • Should students get an x-ray before starting en pointe?
  • Does pointe work cause bunions?
  • What are the best pointe shoes to use?
  • Should pointe work hurt?

11:00am – 11:15am: Morning Break

11:15am – 1:00pm: Pointe Shoe Fitting

In the later part of the morning we look at the ideal fitting of the pointe shoe, different options for different foot types, and ways of customising the shoe. Many questions arise around the topic of ribbon type, ribbon placement and the best way to ‘break in’ a pair of new pointe shoes. All too often, students place their ribbons in the wrong place on their pointe shoes, tie them too tight around their Achilles Tendon and break their shoes in a way that may cause it to fail faster than needed. Simple ideas can make a hiuge differnce in getting a perfectly fitted shoe, whether you are with the student at the fitting or not.  

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm – 4:00pm:

We look at some preparatory exercises for students who are new to pointe to get the accustomed to the shoe and the workings of it. We focus on ankle stability when standing in pointe shoes, and effectively using the demi and  ¾ pointe, first in sitting and then at the barre. We stress to teachers the importance of working slowly through all of the prparatory stages, and making sure that strength is built through slow concentric and eccentric training for optimal control. We then progress to some basic beginner pointe exercises that build the foundation for a safe progression onto pointe. These exercises are suitable for even your most advanced dancers, and should be revisited regularly by all dancers en pointe. 

 

Completing the 3 Day Level One Teacher Training is recommended prior to attending any of the more detailed intensive Teacher Training courses, but it is not essential. If you have yet to attend the Level One course 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. 

Two Day Teacher Training Intensives

  • Pointe & Flexibility Intensive, Brisbane, AU, September, 2020

    Location: Bayside Dance

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

    Pointe Intensive – Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th September 2020
    Flexibility Intensive – Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September 2020

    ** Registration Open **

    ( Strictly limited to 15 participants per workshop)

    At this stage we are still hopeful that by September we will be able to resume some normality to our lives and this workshop will be able to go ahead. We will however honour any governmental restrictions in place at that point in time.

    We advise that if you are coming from interstate and intend on travelling to QLD for the course, it may be better to book your flights and accommodation closer to the time. Bookings are still open however, we have now limited attendees to just 15 participants per workshop as we anticipate small groups will still be required at this point in the year.

    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
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  • Pointe Intensive, 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

    ** Registration Open **

    ( Strictly limited to 10 participants)

    At this stage we are still hopeful that by August we will be able to resume some normality to our lives and this workshop will be able to go ahead. We will however honour any governmental restrictions in place at that point in time.

    We advise that if you are coming from interstate and intend on travelling to NSW for the course, it may be better to book your flights and accommodation closer to the time. Bookings are still open however, we have now limited attendees to just 10 participants as we anticipate small groups will still be required at this point in the year.

    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
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  • Protected: Training Turnout in Tiny Dancers- Cleveland, Brisbane, September, 2020

    Location: Redland Dance

    Address: Unit 6/55 Shore St W, Cleveland QLD 4163

    Date: Monday 28th September, 2020

    Times: 9am to 5pm

    Many teachers struggle with hip pain and injuries in their adolescent dancers, but few realise how much of this stems from the training that children had in their early years. This course delves into the delicate art of training turnout in tiny dancers, through to adolescents. In conjunction with early childhood Master Teacher Beverly Spell, we explore safe ways to develop both range and control in young hips, preparing them for higher level work in the future, while having fun with creative play in the classroom. All good learning is laid down in layers; we explore what concepts need to be introduced at what ages and how to practice this in class. This course is perfect for teachers who are looking to incorporate the right preparatory exercises into their tiny dancer classes to help them develop correctly and avoid injury in their hips. 

    Our Training Turnout for Tiny Dancers is designed specifically for dance teachers!

    Please note that this course is a stand alone course and does not require you to take the Level One workshop prior to attending. However, we highly recommend you familiarise yourself with Lisa’s approach prior to attending to the workshop.

    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.

    $300.00 AUD
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