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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 - Understanding and Managing

Foot Injuries in Dancers

For Dance Teachers and Health Professionals

Dancers work their feet harder than almost any other athlete. They work for long hours in rehearsal, often in either bare feet, soft slippers, or compressed into pointé shoes. It’s no wonder that many dancers experience lots of foot and ankle injuries if they don’t take care of their feet. However, many of the foot and ankle injuries that we see in the clinic could have been prevented with thorough foot screening and specific retraining programs, as they all stem from rather simple causes.

Many foot and ankle injuries stem from hidden foot restrictions or minor technical faults that have been repeated over and over again. Understanding the anatomy and the how and why of injuries such as Plantar Fascia Pain, Achilles Tendinopathy, Stress Fractures and Bunions will give teachers the tools they need to help avoid these often preventable injuries.

What we will cover:

  • The anatomy - What is actually wrong?
  • The main causes - and how it can be prevented
  • How to assess the dancer's foot
  • The rehab process
  • What to expect from physical therapy
  • Taping techniques
  • Hands on massage techniques
  • How to manage this injury in the classroom
  • How to safely return to dancing
  • Prevention programs for the future

This course is ideal for anyone who works with dancers

This course is not solely designed for dance teachers and is a great addition for physiotherapists, personal trainers and other health care professionals who want to work more closely with dancers. Especially in the pre-adolescent/adolescent student, it’s imperative to support the vulnerable structures in the foot and ankle. Since many changes are happening in the body during this time, attention needs to be given to certain strengthening exercises that will benefit the dancer throughout the length of their career. Some dancers, eager to get quick results, resort to using foot stretchers and other dangerous items in an attempt to get the feet they have always wanted. Not only do the foot stretchers fail to improve, strengthen and control the ankle they are also cause massive damage to the soft tissue structures in the foot. This often leads to injury and a reduced capacity to dance, rather than an improvement.

You will leave armed with many tools and techniques to help dancers suffering with all types of foot injuries, specifically:

  • Plantar Fascia Pain
  • Posterior Impingement
  • Os Trigonum
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Sever's Disease
  • Stress Fractures
  • Bunions
  • “Shin Splits”

Overview of the content covered:

Day One

Day One focusses on understanding  how a normal foot works. As Leonardo da Vinci said “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.”  When working properly, it allows us to run, jump and dance in the most extraordinary ways. The many bones, joints, ligaments, fascia and muscles of the foot are organised in a way that allows shock absorption, dynamic propulsion and balance in all kinds of positions.  

We dive into the functional anatomy of the foot as it pertains to the dancer. This includes learning about the ones, ligaments, tendons, muscles and fascial lines that lead into the foot. We explore the various anatomical variations that you may see in a regular class of dancers, and how to tailor the class and their conditioning exercises for optimal performance. 

We look at optimal positioning of the feet in standing, as well as how the foot should operate during normal walking as well as when moving into a plié or on rise. Participants learn how to carefully assess the dancers foot in many ways, including assessment of the joints in the mid and rear foot, that often are the culprit for long standing foot and ankle injuries. 

Day Two:

Day Two is entirely focussed on understanding and managing the common foot injuries that pop up in a dance class. We look at the common reasons why these conditions occur, as well as taping and treatment strategies to quickly remove the symptoms.

We will discuss the optimal management of a dancer when engaged with physical therapy and look at resources to help create clear and open communication between therapists and the dance teacher. Collaboration between both sides of the dancers training are vital in optimal resolution of any injury.

We look at examples of rehab programs for dancers, ranging from complete non-weight-bearing to full participation in class, along with all of the resources to help dancers track their own journey.

Finally, we look at strategies to prevent these injuries in all dancers, by implementing screening tests and progressively graded programs during the dancers regular training.

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 Flexibility Intensive

Why Not to Use a Foot Stretcher

Returning to Jumps Following Injury

Anatomy of the Pointed Foot

Why to Avoid Pointing into a Theraband

Why Not To Walk in Turnout

Why to Avoid Walking on the Toes

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

  • Morris L2 Flex

    2 Day Flexibility Intensive – Level 2 Teacher Training, Morris, IL, USA 2020

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

    Location:  Forté Arts Center

    Address: 1200 N Division, Morris, IL, 60450, USA

    Flexibility Intensive:  Tuesday 28th July & Wednesday 29th July  2020

    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?

    During this two day Level 2 Teacher Training – Flexibility Intensive training course you will learn answers to the following questions, and more:

    • What may 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?

    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.

    Our Flexibility 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.

    Early Bird Special Details:
    To take advantage of our early bird sale be sure to use coupon code earlybird2020extended at checkout.
    Coupon Code: earlybird2020extended
    Offer Ends: February 29, 2020

    $550.00
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  • 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
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  • level 2 intensives NY

    Level 2 Foot Injuries in Dancers & Pointe Intensive – Cortlandt Manor, NY, USA 2020

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

    Location: The Dance Conservatory
    Address: 
      2050 East Main Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567

    Foot Injuries in Dancers – Thursday 6th & Friday 7th August- 9:00am – 5:00pm
    Pointe Intensive – Sunday 9th & Monday 10th August-  9:00am – 5:00pm

    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.

    Early Bird Special Details:
    To take advantage of our early bird sale be sure to use coupon code earlybird2020extended at checkout.
    Coupon Code: earlybird2020extended
    Offer Ends: February 29, 2020

    $550.00
    Select options
  • 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
  • Training Turnout in Tiny Dancers- Professional development course for dance teachers- Florida, USA, August 2020

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

    Location: Ballet East
    Address:
    2365 Vista Parkway #7, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, 33411

    Thursday 20th August: 9:00am – 5:00pm

    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. 

    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.

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

    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.

    Early Bird Special Details:
    To take advantage of our early bird sale be sure to use coupon code earlybird2020extended at checkout.
    Coupon Code: earlybird2020extended
    Offer Ends: February 29, 2020

    $330.00
    Add to cartMORE INFO

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