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Online Pointe Intensive: 8th-10th December, 2020

$450.00 AUD

This workshop is now sold out. To join the waiting list for the next sessions contact April at workshops@theballetblog.com

Unfortunately our popular in-person workshops are simply not possible in the current climate so the original Level 2 Pointe Intensive course has been divided into three 4 hour sessions to allow optimal understanding of all of the content via an online virtual workshop.

Times & Dates:

  • The timing of this workshop makes it perfect for the following locations: NZ, Australia, Asia & North and South America.
  • To check the exact times in your location CLICK HERE
  • Call #1 – Tuesday 8th December 2020, 9am – 1:15pm (Sydney, Australia)
  • Call #2 – Wednesday 9th December 2020, 9am – 1:15pm (Sydney, Australia)
  • Call #3 – Thursday 10th December 2020, 9am – 1:15pm (Sydney, Australia)
What’s included: 

  • 3 Live Zoom Workshops – To replicate the depth of learning and personal connection we feel at the in-person course, the content will be delivered in a combination of live teaching, pre-recorded content and personal exploration.
  • Personalised Attention – These calls will be limited to just 20 individuals so that you will have plenty of time to ask questions.
  • A comprehensive set of assessment sheets – These sheets make any future pre-pointe assessments easy to conduct, and to share with your colleagues.
  • Access to recordings of the virtual workshop – After the workshop you will be given access to the recordings of the virtual sessions, giving you the opportunity to go over any particular part of the course in your own time.
  • 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 12 contact hours of education. 
 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.

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

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Description

Level 2 – Pointe Intensive 

Progressing onto pointe is one of the biggest rites of passage a young dancer faces, it is often a very exciting time. However, it is also very challenging. 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 careful preparation, along with a detailed assessment of the dancer before pointe work is introduced, it can be one of the most amazing times and opens 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 dancers dance en pointe for years so getting it right at the very beginning is crucial to ensure a long lasting career that is injury free!

During this dance teacher and health professional Intensive 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

 

Please note that you do not have to be en pointe to attend this online workshop! However, if you are currently en pointe, feel free to to have your pointe shoes handy. You do not need to have a student model with you during the course, however, if you have a student or colleague that you can practice the pre-pointe assessment and pointe exercises with after each session then this will be helpful.

Our Pointe Intensive is designed for both dance teachers and therapists who work with dancers!

This course looks at how we can more effectively prepare young dancers and their parents for the process of preparing to go onto pointe. Adequate education well ahead of the final formal pointe screening will help avoid many broken hearts, as well as reducing the likelihood of injury.  

Assessing the individual dancer thoroughly before going on pointe is absolutely paramount to success en pointe and is slowly becoming more commonplace in dance schools around the world. Having a clear system that allows you to accurately identify areas of weakness, tightness and instability in a dancer allows us to give them specific exercises that will help optimise their function.

 

The assessment process explores simple screening tests that teachers and therapists can check before allowing their students to go onto pointe. This may be done as individual private assessments, or in a group setting over time. Effective and efficient mobilisation techniques are also introduced to help improve common areas of restriction, such as pointe range, plié range and turnout range and control.

Call #1

9am – 9:45am: Introduction & Preparation for pointe work - The first part of the course looks at how we can more effectively prepare young dancers and their parents for the process of preparing to go onto pointe. Adequate education well ahead of the final formal pointe screening will help avoid many broken hearts, as well as reducing the likelihood of injury. 

9:45am – 10:00am: Pre-Pointe Questionnaire - We go through a simple questionnaire that helps ascertain the current status of each dancer in relation to their training and injuries. This will help identify whether the student has the history and current training in order to be suitable for pointe work and to give a good snap-shot in time of their current timetable.

10:00am – 10.30am: Pre Pointe Assessment - Assessing the individual dancer thoroughly before going on pointe is absolutely paramount to success en pointe. Having a clear system that allows you to accurately identify areas of weakness, tightness and instability in a dancer allows you to give them specific exercises that will help optimise their function. The assessment process explores simple screening tests that teachers can perform in the studio before allowing their students to go onto pointe. This may be done as individual private assessments or in a group setting over time.

10:30am – 11.00am: Postural Control - Mastering control of basic standing posture is essential before moving on with any higher level strengthening. This is also a great time to screen young students for any sign of scoliosis.

11:00am – 11:15am: Morning Break

11:15am – 1:15pm: Functional Assessment - The next part of the assessment looks at the basic functional control the dancer has in basic classical positions and movements. This includes detailed assessment of standing in first and fifth position, demi plié and grande plié, placement on rise, control en fondu and placement in a retiré.

 

Call #2

9:00am – 11:00am: Foot Assessment - We discuss the assessment of the dancers' foot in detail, with special consideration of anatomical variances in foot type and foot shape, as well as discussing the pros and cons of having each type of foot. We explore the different arches of the foot and the appropriate levels of dynamic control needed to progress onto pointe work. Understanding these foot dynamics is also very important when advising students on types of pointe shoes to buy when they are ready for pointe work.

11:00am – 11:15am: Morning Break

11.15am – 12:00pm: Continued Foot Assessment

12.00pm – 12:30pm: Other Things to Consider - This section looks at elements beyond the physical assessment that must be considered when assessing a student for their preparedness for pointe work. This includes things such as age and development, level of hypermobility, body type and maturity.

12.30pm -1.15pm Completing the Assessment & Exercise Prescription - Following the completion of the assessment, we discuss recommendations based on the assessment findings, and how to prescribe appropriate home exercises for individual students, or the class as a whole.

Call #3

9:00am – 10.00am: Common Questions about starting en Pointe - There are so many urban myths around pointe work, and in this session we spend some time discussing several of these, along with the repeated common questions about starting en pointe, such as:

  • Can you go en pointe if you have flat feet?
  • Should students get an x-ray before starting en pointe?
  • Does pointe work cause bunions?
  • What are the best pointe shoes to use?
  • Should pointe work hurt?

10:00am –11:00am: Preparing & Fitting Pointe Shoes - We look at the ideal fitting of the pointe shoe, different options for different foot types, and ways of customising the shoe. Simple ideas can make a huge difference in getting a perfectly fitted shoe, whether you are with the student at the fitting or not.

11:00am – 11:15am: Morning Break 

11.15am -11.45pm : How to Break in Pointe Shoes & Ribbon Placement - Many questions arise around the topic of ribbon type, ribbon placement and the best way to ‘break in’ a pair of new pointe shoes. All too often, students place their ribbons in the wrong place on their pointe shoes, tie them too tightly around their Achilles Tendon and break their shoes in a way that may cause it to fail faster than needed.

11:45am - 1:15pm: Preparatory Exercises - We look at some preparatory exercises for students who are new to pointe to get them accustomed to the shoe and the workings of it. We focus on ankle stability when standing in pointe shoes and effectively using the demi and  ¾ pointe, first in sitting and then at the barre. We stress to teachers the importance of working slowly through all of the preparatory stages and making sure that strength is built through slow concentric and eccentric training for optimal control. We then progress to some basic beginner pointe exercises that build the foundation for a safe progression onto pointe. These exercises are suitable for even the most advanced dancers and should be revisited regularly by all dancers en pointe.

This workshop is designed to give you the most up-to-date advice in the industry to help you understand your students’ needs, analyze their differences, and them you the tools to help your students become the best dancer they can be.

Please note that this ia a Level 2 course. 

It is highly advised that participants have completed the Level 1 Teacher Training either in person or online, or have been a member of the Online Teacher Training Portal for at least 6 months before attending any Level 2 Intensive.

The following videos are examples of content from the Level 1 course that should be reviewed before attending. 

 

Doming Exercises - The Good and the Bad

 

Why NOT to point into a Theraband

 

The Pros and Cons of Foot Stretchers

Upcoming Workshops

  • Level 1- Online Teacher Training: 8th-12th March 2021

    Times & Dates:

    What’s included: 

    • 5 live Zoom workshops with Lisa Howell
    • Access to a recording of each virtual workshop
    • 9 months unlimited access to the Online Teacher Training Portal and regular Coaching Calls with Lisa

    Strictly limited to 22 individuals so that you will have plenty of time to ask questions.

      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.
    $750.00 AUD
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  • Level 2 – Online Flexibility Intensive: 9th-11th February 2021

    Due to the amount of content covered in this Flexibility Intensive, we have now decided to split this workshop in two different levels. If you have already taken part in the in-person one day intensive, consider attending the Level 3 workshop.

    Times & Dates:

    What’s included: 

    • 3 Live Zoom Workshops – To replicate the depth of learning and personal connection we feel at the in-person course, the content will be delivered in a combination of live teaching, pre-recorded content and personal exploration.
    • Personalised Attention – These calls will be limited to just 22 individuals so that you will have plenty of time to ask questions.
    • A comprehensive set of assessment sheets – These sheets make any future flexibility assessments easy to conduct, and to share with your colleagues.
    • Access to recordings of the virtual workshop – After the workshop you will be given access to the recordings of the virtual sessions, giving you the opportunity to go over any particular part of the course in your own time.
    • 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 12 contact hours of education. 
     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.

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

    $450.00 AUD
    Add to cartMORE INFO
  • Level 3 – Online Flexibility Workshop: 23rd -25th March 2021

    Please note that it is assumed that all attendees are familiar with the content in the Level 2 Flexibility Intensive. The content in Level 3 will advance on this understanding and apply the philosophies to higher level training. If you have not yet completed the Level 2 Flexibility Intensive CLICK HERE.  

    Times & Dates:

    • The timing of this workshop makes it perfect for the following locations: NZ, Australia, Europe, United Kingdom, The Americas & Canada.
    • To check the exact times in your location CLICK HERE
    • Call #1 – Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 7am – 11.30am (Sydney, Australia)
    • Call #2 – Wednesday 24th March 2021, 7am – 11.30am (Sydney, Australia)
    • Call #3 – Thursday 25th March 2021, 7am – 11.30am (Sydney, Australia)
    What’s included: 

    • 3 Live Zoom Workshops – To replicate the depth of learning and personal connection we feel at the in-person course, the content will be delivered in a combination of live teaching, pre-recorded content and personal exploration.
    • Personalised Attention – These calls will be limited to just 22 individuals so that you will have plenty of time to ask questions.
    • A comprehensive set of assessment sheets – These sheets make any future flexibility assessments easy to conduct, and to share with your colleagues.
    • Access to recordings of the virtual workshop – After the workshop you will be given access to the recordings of the virtual sessions, giving you the opportunity to go over any particular part of the course in your own time.
    • 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 12 contact hours of education. 
     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.

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

    $450.00 AUD
    Add to cartMORE INFO
  • Online Pointe Intensive: 23rd-25th February 2021

    Unfortunately, our popular in-person workshops are simply not possible in the current climate so the original Level 2 Pointe Intensive course has been divided into three 4 hour sessions to allow optimal understanding of all of the content via an online virtual workshop.

    Times & Dates:

    What’s included: 

    • 3 Live Zoom Workshops – To replicate the depth of learning and personal connection we feel at the in-person course, the content will be delivered in a combination of live teaching, pre-recorded content, and personal exploration.
    • Personalised Attention – These calls will be limited to just 20 individuals so that you will have plenty of time to ask questions.
    • A comprehensive set of assessment sheets – These sheets make any future pre-pointe assessments easy to conduct, and to share with your colleagues.
    • Access to recordings of the virtual workshop – After the workshop you will be given access to the recordings of the virtual sessions, giving you the opportunity to go over any particular part of the course in your own time.
    • 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 12 contact hours of education. 
     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.

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

    $450.00 AUD
    Add to cartMORE INFO

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