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

$450.00 AUD

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.



This is a breakdown of the two day intensive workshops to give you some idea of the content covered and the structure of each day.

Pointe Intensive – 23rd & 24th September 2020 – $450 AUD

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!

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.

Our Pointe Intensive is designed for both dance teachers and therapists who work with dancers! 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, analyse their differences, and them you the tools to help your students become the best dancer they can be. For the full breakdown of what’s  included on each day of the course please CLICK HERE. 

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

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!

Please note that you do not have to be en pointe to attend this workshop! We will have demonstration models for the pre-pointe assessment and pointe exercises. However, if you are currently en pointe, feel free to bring your shoes to explore the work in your own body.



Flexibility Intensive – 26th & 27th September 2020 – $450 AUD

Due to popular demand – this workshop has been extended into our BRAND NEW 2 day Flexibility Intensive, which also explores how to train extreme mobility safely!

The body of research & development around the art of training flexibility continues to grow. Understanding the relevance of this new research to the dancing body 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 two day workshop, Lisa addresses each of these issues and looks at common cases in individuals and how to effectively treat these issues.

Day One focusses on understanding the nature of flexibility, how to assess each individuals particular restrictions and the order of progression of which restrictions need be worked on for optimal efficiency and safety in flexibility gains. We explore the importance of the breath, how to work with ‘bone-on-bone’ restriction, the nervous system (on multiple levels), the fascial system and the influence of muscle tone on mobility. We explore how each of the components of flexibility can be worked with intelligently to create lasting change in flexibility. The exercises in this level are suitable for all attendees, and many teachers who have not moved well for years discover are surprised and delighted that  carefully chosen assessment and ‘treatment’ techniques can open up their range in a pain free way!

Day Two includes a revision of Day One – with a discussion of ways of including the various techniques and progressions in a class situation and we run a ‘real time’ mobilisation session to get everyone feeling great. We also look at seemingly innocent common habits that contribute to a reduction in flexibility. The rest of the day is spent exploring how to use modifications of the techniques to train dancers, gymnasts, contortionists and martial artists into the extreme positions that they require for high level competition in the safest way possible. Safely improving and maintaining extreme range is highly dependent on subtle segmental stability of local stabilisers to control joint position, and understanding this can not only help performers achieve phenomenal range safely, but this can also help extend their career potential, and live a pain free life following retirement from competing.

Again, Do not worry if you struggle with your mobility! We will have several demonstration models as well as the course presenter to demonstrate some of the higher level elements so you will not feel obliged to perform any movement that is not part of your normal repertoire.

The registration fee for each course includes a full colour course book. For full details of the content of our other Two Day Intensives, please CLICK HERE.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 we ask all participants to bring along their own packed lunch and refreshments.  Strictly limited to just 15 Participants.

Please Note: It is only possible to purchase a single ticket in each transaction. This is to ensure that each participant’s details are correctly added to the system.

If you are booking for more than one attendee, please make sure to use each attendee’s personal details so that they are correctly registered.

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Location: Bayside Dance 
2/264 Tingal Road, Wynnum, Brisbane, QLD, 4178

Dates & Times:

  • Pointe Intensive – Wednesday 23rd September & Thursday 24th September  9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Flexibility Intensive – Saturday 26th September & Sunday 27th September  9:00am – 5:00pm

Specific instructions for travel and parking:


  • Parking: onsite parking and free street parking available.
  • Public transport: Wynnum train station is 200m walk from the studio and there are a number of buses that stop on Tingal Rd close to the studio.


*Please click here to view our cancellation policy before completing your purchase.

Additional information


23rd & 24th September 2020- Pointe Intensive, 26th & 27th September 2020- Flexibility Intensive