Welcome to our Training blog. Here we will post vblogs and articles for you to read at your leisure and offer you insight into the lives and experiences of Professional Dancers, Teachers, Coaches and Students as well as training advice and tips.

Sport Science and the World of Dance

Lets been honest, no athlete on this planet is more aware of their own body and how they feel using it than Dancers. At Science in Dance, every day starts with a physical screening and health monitoring session accompanied by "Morning Mobility". This has been an addition to the Dance training and provision at KS Dance Upper School by request from the Teachers and Director. This time in the morning is the perfect opportunity for the Dancer's to address any issues or ongoing injuries with the Sports Science and Injury team. On top of this, it is also an important addition as it allows the Dancers to regularly check their own wellness and anatomy for any irregularities that could potentially im

Advance Retire and Turn out exercise

Often we practice positioning in comfortable, uncompromised positions. Practised repeatedly, without attention to detail or rest, skills can often become undefined as fatigue on compensation creeps in. When we look at Dance in particular, there is nothing you can do to improve more rapidly than practise the art form itself. However, there are some accessory exercises with a many progressive variations that will allow for great strength of positioning and precision of movement to be gained. With a retiré, for example, Dancers can often lose feeling and sense of where the flexed and abducted hip joint resides in the position. Therefore, we can use variations of this exercise, with the help of

Embracing the Art of Strength

The ability to stand on one leg and move limbs independent of each other is a pretty standard practise among young Dancers. However, the ability to perform such feats has a number of variables and often there is emphasis placed on the wrong aspects of anatomy and physiology such as; mistaking undeveloped strength for a lack of flexibility or joint range of motion. Basic movement patterns such as; Squatting, Lunging, Bending forward (Hinging) and their variations are fundamental functions of encompassing multiple joints and muscle groups. These movements, especially in adolescent and junior Sport development, are often seen as the corner stones of building strong foundations on which to creat

Foam Rolling for Muscle Soreness and Maintaining your Machine

First week back at Dancing, Teachers are sore, Students are sore, Company members are sore. Should this always be the case. Through the nature of Dance as exercise it places a large demand on the quadriceps, hamstrings, core muscles (inclusive of spinal erectors), glutes and calves. The intensity with which Dancers are reintroduced to Dancing following a long break, summer for example, can often be rather dramatic. But this is necessarily positive as Dance hours at the beginning of the season can be lost due to Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). DOMS have a number of different effects, outside of the obvious soreness that can be physically felt within the muscle, muscle damage can create

Train your body... Gain Mobility and Greater Dance Potential.

You, your Dance Son/Daughter, your Students or your Company members Dance, train and practise hours on end. Its a well documented fact that the Dance World believes more is more and when it comes to learning and owning the skills required to be an ultimate performer it takes years of dedication to the process. I myself, am not in the position where lower limbs can be made into pretzel shapes. Nor can I throw my limbs to heights worthy of a Griffon Vulture (check them out here!!). But seriously, I am in the position where I am able to advise you on how to gain greater grasp of skills through strength, practise, resilience and structured process. Lets come away from Dance for one second before

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