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Pointe Workshop with Sonata Dancewear – Thursday 7th October

$49.00 AUD

We are exciting to announce our calibration with Sonata Dancewear, beginning with a two hour Pointe workshop specifically tailored towards Dance Teachers and students living in Malaysia & Singapore.

During this two hour session Lisa will focus on the importance of a pre-pointe assessment, essential elements that must be checked before clearing a dancer to get their shoes, and anatomical variations that will change the fitting of their pointe shoes. These specific details can make all the difference to a young dancers success en pointe.

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom so is fantastic for anyone currently in lockdown, and while it is focused on those in Malaysia and Singapore, anyone is welcome to join, no matter where you are in the world.

Each booked participant will receive a Gift Voucher for Sonata Dancewear. After the workshop session  you will be emailed an online promo code for Sonata Dancewear, giving you the chance to stock up on any goodies.

Please note: Each booking is valid for one online participant only. You do not need a student model for this workshop.

Times & Dates:

  • The timing of this workshop makes it perfect for the following locations: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, United Kingdom & Europe. 
  • Date & Time: 
    • Singapore – Thursday 7th October, 6pm to 8pm, SGT
    • Australia – Thursday 7th October, 9pm to 11pm AEST
    • To check the exact times in your location CLICK HERE
What’s included: 

  • 2 Hour Live Zoom Workshop – The content will be delivered in a combination of live teaching, pre-recorded content, and personal exploration.
  • Access to recordings of the  live zoom session. After the live session you will be given access to the recordings of the virtual session, giving you the opportunity to revisit the content covered in this call at anytime. 
  • Gift Voucher for Sonata Dancewear. After the workshop you will be emailed an online promo code for Sonata Dancewear. Giving you the chance to stock up on any goodies.
  • Detailed Assessment PDF – A detailed PDF to go with the presentation, with notes on the pre-pointe assessment process and pointe shoe fitting
  • A Student Workbook. You will also be given the PDF version of the Student Pre-Pointe Workbook to share with your students.

**This workshop is a perfect introduction to our full 12 hour online Pointe Intensive Teacher Training Workshop**

 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.

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Description

Pointe Workshop with Sonata Dancewear

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 two hour Pointe workshop we will discuss:

  • The importance of a pre-pointe assessment
  • Essential elements to screen before progressing onto pointe
  • Anatomical variations that will impact pointe work
  • How to choose the right pointe shoe based on the biomechanics of the foot
  • Preparatory exercises that will give the student excellent basic pointe technique

About Sonata Dancewear: 

Sonata Dancewear is a dancewear brand in Singapore, dedicated to helping dancers be better dancers through their knowledge and products since 1982. From tiny tots to performing artistes, Sonata serves the entire dance community by designing and selecting products that provide comfort, durability, safety, and elegance.

 

To delve deeper into this topic join us in our Three Day  Pointe Intensive, 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 - 4 Hours

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Break - 30 Minutes 

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 - 4 Hours

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.

 Break - 30 minutes

Continued Foot Assessment

 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.

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 - 4 Hours

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?

Preparing & Fitting Pointe Shoes - We look at the ideal fitting of the pointe shoe, different options for different foot

Break - 30 minutes

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.

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.

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

FAQ's

Do I have to be on Pointe to attend the course? 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.

Can I attend this course before completing the Level One Course?  Due to the new format of this workshop this Three Day Online Intensive can be taken as a stand alone course. However, we highly recommend you familiarise yourself  with Lisa's approach to Pointe Work by revisiting the Perfect Pointe Book, before attending the course.  If you wish to delve deeper we highly recommend  you attend  the Level 1 Teacher Training either in person or online, or sign up to the Online Teacher Training Portal.

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