Level One: The Fundamentals – San Francisco – February 2023

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Our in-person workshops are back!

Join Lisa Howell for 3 days this February in Belmont, California, USA for the most comprehensive course in our Dance Educator Series  – “Level 1 – The Fundamentals”

Location: On the Move Physical Therapy and Pilates

Address:  501 D Old Country Road, Belmont, CA, United States

Dates:  Friday 10th February 2023 – Sunday 12th February 2023

Times: 9am to 4pm daily

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What’s Included:

  • 18 hours of teaching spread over 3 Days.  The content will be delivered over  3 days ( 9am to 4pm) with the combination of  both practical and theoretical components.
  • Course Manual. On Day One you you will receive a detailed printed manual which includes both the theoretical and practical exercises discussed in the course.
  • CEC Accreditation. After this workshop, you will be emailed the CEC Accreditation Application Form, which is designed as an overview of the online course in order for you to appropriately claim CEC credits with your governing body for 18 contact hours of education.
  • Six months access to the Level One Members Portal. This course fee includes 6 months free access to the Level 1 Teacher Training Portal, which includes footage of every test and exercise in the workshop (over 250+ detailed videos of all content in the course for you to review at your own pace) and over 90 previously recorded Coaching Calls which will help you use the content in real life situations. Each one is approximately one hour in length and is accompanied by a detailed PDF guide for easy application in the studio.
  • Ongoing Coaching Calls for six months. Lisa runs a live online coaching call every fortnight based on a question from a current member, giving you the opportunity to continue your learning. This is the perfect time to ask specific questions or submit a case study of your own.
  • A comprehensive set of additional resources. We have curated an extensive selection of assessment sheets, class plans, anatomical handouts and mini programs to help you easily integrate the content of the course into your teaching.
  • Lunch & Snacks Included. The course fee also covers lunch and snacks for the three days


Details for the course: 

  • Location: On the Move Physical Therapy and Pilates
  • Address:  501 D Old Country Road, Belmont, CA, United States
  • Dates:  Friday 10th February 2023 – Sunday 12th February 2023
  • Dance Educator Series – Level 1 – Times: 9am to 4pm daily


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About the Course

These intensive Dance Teacher Training days are always extremely popular and provide attendees with a huge wealth of knowledge. Many teachers come focused on what they will learn for their students, and are delighted at what they discover, but also leave with exciting revelations about their own body! After delivering this course to over 1000 teachers worldwide, from more than 28 different countries, the original course has been completely restructured to give the best learning experience.

As the demands placed on young dancers’ increases, with challenging choreography and extreme mobility becoming commonplace, dance teachers are faced with more injures and physical complaints than ever before. Health professionals are also challenged, with dancers needing high level rehab that is often outside the realms of how they have been trained. Therapists are often frustrated with dancers not taking appropriate rest times, or failing to improve with ‘normal’ rehab programs.

Our aim has been to bridge the gap between dance class and the therapists clinic, providing Dance Teacher Training courses to improve knowledge of how to prevent injury in the studio, and empowering Health Professionals with highly effective ways to get dancers back to their full capacity in the shortest possible time. It may seem unusual to train these two disciplines at the same time however our ultimate aim is to build local communities of like-minded individuals who can work together to help their dancers excel

Day One

 (9am to 4pm)

Postural Control:  Day 1 commences with some exploration into the driving forces behind many dancers habitual standing posture, and the most effective ways of approaching this. Many dancers overcorrect their postural control and end up creating more tension in their body, or struggle to sustain their corrections. We also look at the dynamics of stability when moving in and out of static postures and how to work with this in the studio.

Warm Up vs Flexibility Training: We start this section with a discussion in the difference between appropriate warm up/cool down routines & flexibility training. We will discuss ideas for effective warm up routines for different class styles and suggestions for diverse age groups.

Flexibility Training:  We then explore the nature of flexibility and why this is so variable in different individuals. We explore the nature of Fascia and how this is a major influence on mobility in all ages. We will also discuss the dangers of over stretching and partner stretching, especially at critical ages in a dancers’ training, and safer ways of achieving the same levels of mobility safely.

Core Control:  True core control goes so far beyond doing hundreds of sit-ups, especially if dancers have had any experience of back pain. Good core control helps the dancer in a myriad of ways, from improving turns and adage to allowing an increase in flexibility! We look at a clever way to facilitate the bodies natural core stabilising system, and the subtlety needed for optimal stability. A graded system of assessing and developing core control is introduced, which can be used as a framework and be further customised by each teacher/therapist based on their specific genre & experience.

Day Two

(9am to 4pm)

Basic Classical Technique: The importance of a physical screening process for any dancer can never be underestimated. This assessment may be done either by an experienced dance teacher or a therapist with a good understanding of the demands of dance.  A huge number of issues that dancers face stem back to errors in their basic technique. Understanding the anatomical considerations behind the basic positions and steps required in classical ballet helps enormously, not only in preventing injury, but in enhancing performance.

We look in detail at:

  • Standing in 1st & 5th position
  • Demi Plié and Grand Plié
  • Dynamic control of the foot on rise
  • Tendu en Croix
  • Retiré

We then work through exercises to improve each position based on the individuals own anatomy. This includes various massage and mobilisation techniques as well as specific mobilisers and activation exercises to move past previous restrictions.  

 Hip Assessment:  Not all hips are created equal! Training turnout is probably one of the biggest challenges for dance teachers & therapists, as not many individuals are blessed with great range and control in all directions. This section will look at the hip in detail, and how to assess turnout range in all directions. Based on the findings of these assessments, we look at smart and safe ways of improving turnout range in all ranges.

Day Three

(9am to 4pm)

Training Turnout and Hip Injuries: After improving our turnout range on Day 2, we then discuss ways of improving control of external rotation control in all positions (standing leg, en fondu, in retiré,devant, a 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.

Allegro and Returning to Jumps Following Injury: In this section 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 to help dancers achieve quiet jumps and ultimate height, which is essential when a dancer is returning to  jumps 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 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 does 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 as exercises to help bring all of this together.

Integration of the course content: 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, and ideas on how to best integrate the content of the course into your studio. This allows us to go over any areas that individuals may want clarity on, or discussion of specific case studies.

Plus! Get 6 Months Free Access to the Online Portal!

  • Access to over 250+ Content-Based Videos. There are over 250 content-based videos in the program, organised into 12 carefully structured modules, to enhance the ease of learning.
  • All of the content is arranged in an easy-to-navigate dashboard to help orientate you through the training. We have also included handy progress wheels to easily track your learning.
  • Downloadable Resources. In each module, there are multiple downloadable resources including assessment sheets, progress charts and exercise sheets to make it easy to integrate the work into your dance classes or clinical practice.
  • Live Coaching Calls. You will also be able to join me on any upcoming coaching calls, which are a wonderful way to deepen your understanding of the content.
  • Coaching Calls Library. You will also get instant access to the library of over 80 videos of previously recorded Coaching Calls. These valuable resources each examine a particular topic in detail and look at the application of the content in the course in a real-life scenario.

The Modules

Posture - L1 Thumbnail - Teacher Training - Lisa Howell - The Ballet Blog
Warm Up - L1 Thumbnail - Teacher Training - Lisa Howell - The Ballet Blog
Flexibility Training - L1 Thumbnail - Teacher Training - Lisa Howell - The Ballet Blog
Core Stability - L1 Thumbnail - Teacher Training - Lisa Howell - The Ballet Blog
Basic Classical Technique - L1 Thumbnail - Teacher Training - Lisa Howell - The Ballet Blog
The Dancers Hip - L1 Thumbnail - Teacher Training - Lisa Howell - The Ballet Blog
Allegro and Returning from Injury - L1 Thumbnail - Teacher Training - Lisa Howell - The Ballet Blog
Safely Improving Spinal Mobility - L1 Thumbnail - Teacher Training - Lisa Howell - The Ballet Blog
Improving Arabesques - L1 Thumbnail - Teacher Training - Lisa Howell - The Ballet Blog
Common Injuries and Optimal Rehabilitation - L1 Thumbnail - Teacher Training - Lisa Howell - The Ballet Blog
Case Studies and Coaching Calls - L1 Thumbnail - Teacher Training - Lisa Howell - The Ballet Blog
Resources and References - L1 Thumbnail - Teacher Training - Lisa Howell - The Ballet Blog

2023 Workshops now open for booking! Check out the Upcoming Workshops page for more details.