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.