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.

May 14, 2020

Guest Article from Sports Therapist, Jodie Comer of English National Ballet.

Injured during lockdown

Are you injured during the lockdown? As controversial as this may sound, it might be the best time to be nursing an injury…

Within Dance the overuse rate of injury in Ballet ranges between 56.7 – 75% of all dance injuries compared to acute injuries in Ballet ranging from 42.6-43.3% (Smith et al. 2015, Allen et al. 2013, Nilsson et al. 2001, Ramkumar et al. 2016).

Overuse injuries in dance can be linked to load. In this instance I use the term load to describe time spent doing a particular activity with inad...

March 3, 2020

We have been away from the blogs and podcasts for a number of exciting reasons.

Firstly, as you may have seen on the socials we are rolling out some generic ankle strength programmes for purchase with a variety of extensive videos talking you through exercises and techniques to improve and maintain strength and stability at the ankle.

The common misconception here is that all the exercises used to enhance ankle strength simply involve the ankle. THEY DO NOT.  This programme takes a far more global approach to Stability and Strength for Dance with some added tips on mobility and flexibility.

This programme...

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.

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