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Dance Teachers' One-Day Seminar

This one-day seminar is packed with ways to bring dance science and cross-training into the dance studio, utilizing a variety of small equipment or simply body weight and mats. Easy to incorporate in a group setting, and excellent for getting the most out of your teaching time. Principles learned here can be applied within ballet class, or inspire you to offer additional cross-training options!

When:   Saturday, July 21

Time:     9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where:  Hathaway Academy of Ballet

                2865 McDermott Rd.

                Plano, TX 75025

Who:      Dance educators, studio owners, dancers, and cross-trainers 

Cost:       $195 by May 30

                $245 June 1 or after

Currently scheduled sessions include:

Cross-Training in the Studio: How, Why, and When to Make It Happen!

There are so many demands on your studio time - how can you maximize what little time you've got with your students? We'll discuss practical ways to incorporate cross-training principles into the classroom; look at how to plan an entire season of cross-training for optimum health, based on your rehearsal and performance schedule; go through an efficient warm-up based on dynamic stretches and core strengthening; and more.

Target Practice: Exercises and Explanations for Three Common Trouble Areas

We'll break down three common biomechanical and strength issues for dancers: core strength and how to access it; shoulder girdle strength and alignment (no more chicken wing shoulder blades!); and proper recruitment for arabesque in a three-dimensional plane. You'll learn basic exercises you can incorporate as needed into your regular classes.

Training Hyper-Extended Dancers

Every class has at least one hyper-extended dancer. Do we widen her heels in first? Force her to dance with knees bent? Or find a third alternative? We'll cover the underlying musculoskeletal issues, and basic exercises and cuing to help the dancer find a healthier standing leg.

Teaching on Rotation Discs

Rotation discs are an excellent way to train the deep rotation muscles in a dancer, as well as teach them to standing leg strength, fluidity, and balance without "locking down". We'll work through many typical exercises in a traditional ballet class using the discs. Challenging but fun - always a favorite class!

Footwork and Breath on Parasetters

The Parasetter and Mini Parasetters are lightweight, easy-to-transport props that can be used in multiple ways in a dancer's training. We'll address specifically foot and ankle mobility, learning to balance from the pelvis rather than the ankle and toes, and go through a deliberate breath session I often use with dancers at the end of a workout or performance.

Safe Stretching and Ball Release Work

Everyone wants to stretch but not all stretches are created equal! We'll talk through principles for safe stretching - when you stretch determines how you stretch - and go through a series easily applied to a group class. We'll also address release work using different balls, affecting more efficient muscle recruitment.

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    Hathaway Academy of Ballet, 2865 McDermott Rd, Plano, TX 75025, USA
    Explore the intersection of dance science and art! Using the latest in dance medicine and science studies, we'll delve into outside-the-box ways to increase your dancers' technique and strength.
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