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.

Bendy Ankles

When we think of Dancers having large amounts of mobility at the ankle, our attention is often drawn the the extreme ranges of plantar-flexion (pointing) of the ankle and foot. And... although this is a key component and desirable aesthetic for Dance in general, there are some fundamental movements of the ankle that also have to be mastered in order for performance to be maintained and injury risk lowered. With ankle impingements and chronic usage injuries being frequently reported complaints by Dancers it can often seem as though "it is inevitable that Dancers will get injured". Well... whilst injury, in the past, has been a product of being a Dancer it should still be our aim to eliminate

What to do over the Holidays...

Well apart from the copious amounts of Nutcracker performances, Roast Dinners and Pointe shoe sewing for the New Year, its important that you keep yourself ticking over with the odd Dance Class. Although... your time could be put to better use whilst taking a small break from Classes and Rehearsals every day. Whilst utilising your time over the Holiday to rest, there is also a number of things that could help you kick start the New Year of Dance. So I have some recommendations for you based upon Fitness and Flexibility. 1. Don't just plod away aimlessly on a cross trainer or exercise bike... Perform intervals to bridge the gap in anaerobic capacity that will help you push harder in your Danc

Strength Training will only help you improve...

Before you whack on the pointe shoes... slip some trainers onto the Christmas List. The bottom line... Strength Training will not present you with unwanted aesthetics for Dancing... provided they are performed correctly and prescribed within the correct boundaries. Traditionally, in S&C for Sport, gaining strength has included performing sets and reps of certain exercises in order induce a change in the cross-sectional area of muscle and thus the size of the muscle. In the simplest sense... the bigger a muscle is the stronger it is... however there are numerous other factors that influence the ability of a muscle to produce force and therefore produce athletic movement. These include; the ar

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