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.

December 1, 2019

Our Latest Episode is now available on all formats. Friend of the podcast Sy Wiggall is back with us for his first input to the show!

We talk about Overall Well-being and its links with performance, Team Cohesion, Stress and Holistic Lifestyle management.

LISTEN HERE TO EPISODE 6 and check out our YOUTUBE Channel for the full live video call.

November 6, 2019

If the Strength Coaches walked out of all the Sports Teams in the world. Sport would continue to be played. Same is true of Dance. Dancers have managed to get to pretty astonishing levels without ever so much as stepping foot in the gym.

Ahhhhh Gotcha... although it is still true. Applying perspective to this very inflammatory point of view is important... If we were to compare two Dancers or Sports Players. On one hand, PERSON A is quite literally a Master of their Art but had no gym training whatsoever and PERSON B is a physical specimen but focussed solely on being the best in the gym and did not giv...

July 26, 2019

Welcome back to Science in Dance in Blogs. We are continuing with the podcast series. This week we are delighted to share with you the work and genius of Paige Rice from Edith Cowan University. In the episode she talks to us about all things to do with ankle biomechanics and even shares with us the preliminary results of her training study which involves the hot topic at the moment which is ISOMETRICS. 

Paige is studying and researching Dance Biomechanics and Bio Physics as part of her PhD which ties nicely into research surrounding; performance, injury risk and more molecular level science with her inc...

May 30, 2019

Episode 3 introduces Dan Lonsdale. Dan is a Strength and Conditioning Coach specialising in the physical preparation of Gymnasts. Dan is an enthusiastic coach with some great ideas on how to positively influence the culture of sport and empowering the health of young athletes. In this episode, Dan and I discuss Early Specialisation, Coaching Relationships, Screening and much more. 


Listen HERE to the Podcast

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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 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...

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