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Dance Teacher Training – Resistance Training for Dance – with Band-ITS! – 27th -28th August 2017$400.00 AUD
Band-ITS are the latest product in the array of tools available to dancers to assist with body strengthening and conditioning. They are two legs straps connected by a tensile piece of rubber tubing that adds resistance to all movements executed by the dancer. Working against resistance will improve the motor recruitment and therefore strength of the muscle of the movement trained. If we repeat movements against resistance we can improve the connection through the pelvis and core to the legs, strengthen turnout and improve leg height and flexibility. These improvements will be felt immediately after the bands are removed.
This tool is completely user friendly and loads the dancer’s movement without putting the joints and muscles at risk. All class movements can be easily executed without needing to remove or change straps.
The Band-ITS workshop runs you through how to correctly use the device safely in your studio. The course teaches a graded program of exercises that you can use immediately with your students at beginner, intermediate or advanced levels. All the exercises are taken from a 1 hour Band ITS conditioning program which can be taught as an additional program in your studio.
The course will give you the confidence to:
- Use Band ITS yourself
- Safely implement the use of Band ITS in your studio as part of your class or conditioning program
- Pick which exercises are going to be most beneficial for a wide range of students
This course is the best way to learn how to challenge your dancers safely and take their technique to the next level. Click HERE to purchase the Band ITS kit!
LEVEL 2 – Flexibility Intensive, Sydney, AU 10th September 2017
- What make makes one person tighter than the other?
- Why can one dancer do the splits without stretching while others can’t?
- 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?
Answers to these challenging questions will be answered in this full day intensive workshop with Lisa Howell!
The body of research & development around the art of flexibility, and especially the fascial system and its effect on our mobility continues to grow. Understanding the relevance of this to the dancer is essential for all students, teachers and health professionals. Many traditional stretches and even many “Myofascial Release Techniques” may actually be doing more harm than good.
Flexibility or lack of it cannot be fully contributed to muscle tension and must be looked at more comprehensively to understand the true cause of any restrictions in one’s 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. In this one day workshop, Lisa addresses each of these issues and looks at common cases in individuals and how to effectively treat these issues.
Although every dancer isn’t born with 180 degree turnout, flat splits in second position and développés to their ears, there is no reason why the others should feel inadequate and left behind. This workshop teaches how too properly (by which we mean safely) achieve maximum flexibility in your students and for them to start seeing their flexibility goals become a reality.
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 the gains every other student is, go no further! 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 best flexibility.
LEVEL 2 – Intensive Workshops in Tromsø, Norway 17th – 18th October, 2017
Understanding and Managing Foot & Ankle Injuries in Dancers – Tuesday 17th OctoberIn 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.
A New Approach To Core Stability – Wednesday 18th October
How we approach the training of the core has evolved drastically over the last 10 years to include a much more holistic approach. Recent focuses include how to incorporate breath into our training of the core to subtly activate muscles like the pelvic floor and transverse abdominals in an more effective way. Core training does not focus solely on training the abdominal muscles but must look at the interconnected muscular contractions of small stabilisers throughout the body to create their true stability rather than brute strength. The new approach looks at utilising the body’s natural ability to stabilise itself and how exercises can be done to further reinforce that mechanism whilst also raising kinaesthetic awareness.
LEVEL 2 – Pointe Intensive, Sydney, AU 13th August 2017
This pointe intensive is perfect for any dance teachers working with students on pointe and health professionals who are conducting pre-pointe and dance assessments. Girls 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, one that is injury free! This workshop is designed to give you the most up-to-date advice in the industry to help you understand your students’ needs and give you the tools to help your students become the best dancer they can be.
Progressing onto pointe is a big step for many young, aspiring ballet dancers, signifying a leap into the more professional world of ballet. In saying this, 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.
Dance teachers often feel unsure of how to work with those students who don’t naturally have the 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 do send their students to be individually assessed but many therapists feel unqualified to conduct in-depth pre pointe assessment as they have been explicitly trained to do so.
During this full day intensive course you will learn:
- How to complete a pre-pointe assessment
- 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
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!
Our Pointe Intensive is designed for both teachers and therapists!
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