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


** Due to COVID-19 this workshop has been cancelled. However, if you would like to join us on a Level One, Online Virtual Workshop please email to find out more. **

Our intensives are specifically designed for both dance teachers & health professionals. Each workshop is delivered as a detailed two day intensive, that can be taken in your area of interest allowing you to focus and grow in each specific area of dance technique. These intensives allow each area to be explored in greater detail and provides age appropriate progressions, modifications for injury & personal experience.

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 

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Two Day Intensives – Understanding and Managing Foot and Ankle Injuries in Dancers – 6th & 7th August 2020- $550 AUD

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 restrictions or minor technical faults that have been repeated over and over again. 

You will leave this course 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”

For each of these injuries, and several more, we will look at:

  1. The anatomy – What is actually wrong?
  2. The main causes – and how it can be prevented
  3. How to assess the dancer’s foot
  4. The rehab process
  5. What to expect from physical therapy
  6. Taping techniques
  7. Hands on massage techniques
  8. How to manage this injury in the classroom
  9. How to safely return to dancing
  10. Prevention programs for the future

Day One is focussed on the anatomy and function of the normal foot, and common variabilities that may lead to each of the common issues developing. 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 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 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.

This course is ideal for dance teachers struggling to work with their dancers in the studio, and is also for health professionals who work with dancers who need more information about correctly rehabilitating dancers and preventing recurrence.


Level 2 – Pointe Intensive – 9th & 10th August 2020 – $550 AUD

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!

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 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.

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!

Click on the Additional Information tab for a breakdown of the two day intensive to give you some idea of the content covered and the structure of the day.

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The registration fee for each course includes a full colour course book, lunch and refreshments. Strictly limited to just 26 Participants.

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

Dates:  6-7th & 9-10th August 2020

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

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Level 2 Courses

6th & 7th August 2020- Foot Injuries in Dancers, 9th & 10th August 2020- Pointe Intensive