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.

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...

December 21, 2018

Many times throughout a Dancer's career, a Dancer can be described as resilient, tough, passionate, dedicated... All words that carry weight. These are all traits that individuals may strive for, however, under the constraints of performance the essence of the unknown can often distort the performance and display of such characteristics. 

Of late, I have aimed to listen to more podcasts and listen to coaches talk to one another. One concept that struck a chord most recently was a question posed on the Pacey Performance Podcast which was... Why might one of the greatest athletes in the world struggle to...

December 14, 2018

Dance vlogging and Social Media often includes a high volume of videos demonstrating exercises to help Dancers become better at Dancing. Many of the exercises are highly specific to certain movements that Dancers wish to perform. 

In years gone by, stretching and "limbering" have also made up a high proportion of what is recommended for Dancers due to the extreme lengths that choreography goes to in order to wow an audience.

When a strength coach is approaching the task of developing a Young Dancer or Athlete it is important to create a needs analysis. This is to determine which aspects, physical attribu...

November 14, 2018

Jodie is back with our next guest publication!

Dancers may, more often than not, suffer an injury during their training or professional career.

“I’m injured… what can I do?” is the second most common question I get asked after “when can I get back to dancing?”

As frustrating as an injury can be, it could be a blessing in disguise and dancers should try to shift it to a positive. Not dancing because of an injury allows the opportunity to look at or study other aspects of your dance training, outside of the physical context of dance.

This could include:

  • Learning about nutrition

  • Researching your injur...

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...

August 20, 2018

In the last 40 years Dance Science has thrived on a growing body of research and work by governing bodies that has allowed Dancers to develop their skills and health/wellbeing for the better. The contributions of major Dance Science organisations has led us the where we are today. Beyond this their are current health practitioners and researchers who are pioneering Dance research to further have a positive impact on Dancers in this century. Dancers are recognising widely the necessity for such provision and the emerging amount of Strength and Conditioning Coaches and support staff in Ballet Companies a...

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