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.

September 26, 2017

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 regula...

September 24, 2017

Here is a nice one for a a little challenge and working on hip extension of the supporting leg. Control is key.

Happy Sunday.

RW

September 21, 2017

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 res...

September 19, 2017

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 Sp...

September 12, 2017

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 th...

September 5, 2017

 Here are a few quick and easy releases and activation/progressive exercises to improve Thoracic Spine Mobility.

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