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.

October 31, 2019

We are all accustomed now to exercise ideas and the so called miracles of training that someone did once to make them unbelievably flexible and has no backing or evidence whatsoever.

Here are some of my philosophies regarding the social media melting pot:

1. What if I told you... People do those stretching routines BECAUSE they are already flexible.

2. One exercise and what it does in that moment... will never produce results better than consistency, progression and the combination of Intensity and Volume.

3. Copying some "STUFF" is dangerous.

4. One exercise taken out of context cannot be judged.

5. There i...

January 28, 2019

Everything is a Question of Balance

Balance is one of the most important skills to have for dancing. To improve your balance, the first thing to be conscious of is what you do when you try to balance: this realization goes through the observation of your habitual behaviour to create a movement. The preparation of balance is also as important as your strength: a balanced movement requires a minimum of effort.

A typical person has their centre of gravity above the navel, in the middle of the body in a horizontal plane. To keep a balanced position, the vertical projection of the centre of gravity have to be...

November 8, 2018


The General vs The Specific

To many this may seem obvious, in order to have healthy young Dancers we must educate our young Dancers in longevity as well as the flashy tricks and flourishes we see in 21st Century Ballet.  

In an article published yesterday from The Royal Ballet School, the question was posed as to whether current Ballet competition culture is putting young Dancers at risk? with a huge shift towards technical and physical attributes rather than artistry. This article maybe poignant to some, having seen many high profile young "competition" Dancers leave the art form at a young age to purs...

October 19, 2018

Darker nights draw closer and the tougher Winter months seem to appear out of nowhere but with that comes a multitude of things... The Story of Clara and The Nutcracker Prince, which in itself involves hearing Waltz of the Flowers over and over again, Audition Season for many Graduates, Competition Season for aspiring Dancers in Training and of course critical preparations for Winter Seasons in Ballet Companies. 

We bring you a few updates and pieces of news that exponentially boost Science in Dance into 2019 and into the ever expanding universe of Strength and Conditioning within Dance.

If you didn't al...

September 20, 2018

Number ONE question I am asked on a daily basis... "Will I build muscle?"

"But I do not want my legs to get bigger..."

There are many factors to considered in physical preparation of Dancers and not as many of them revolve around the barbell and heavy weight as you might think. Plus, there are many ways to build "strength" for Dancers and not all of them are defined in the same way. For example, a strong Dancer, as defined by a Dance Teacher or Coach, may not be definitively strong in the eyes of the Physical Prep Coach or Strength Coach or Physio and Vice Versa.

What must we consider? and what are the r...

July 26, 2018

For all the data lovers... this one is for you. Dance Science in practise.

Do not be deterred by the nature of this article. We are going to go on a journey through how much hard work Dancers actually do. We are all aware that Dancers work hard, and anecdotally, the history books and news articles of a Ballerina's foot and the weird and wonderful positions that Contemporary and Hip Hop Dancers put themselves into, are well advertised on Youtube and wider networks. But how much energy, effort and physiological/psychological stress are Dancers putting themselves through. 

Over the last decade there ha...

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