We offer :
• Assessment and treatment of dance and performing artists’ injuries
• Dance technique assessment
• Pre-pointe assessment
• Dance conditioning and flexibility assessment and training
• Dance Education: technique and pilates workshops/classes
• Dance Screening: for University and Full-time Course admissions
What is a Dance Physiotherapist?
While Physiotherapists are often referred to as ‘movement specialists’, those that specialise in Dance Physio have a special interest in this area. Often they will have a background as a dancer or an involvement in the performing arts prior to their attainment of a Physiotherapy Degree.
As any dancer knows, when you have an injury it makes the world of difference to be able to talk to your treating practitioner in the language of your art… to be able to say that your hip clicks only on the gesture leg of a rond de jambe en l’air or developpé without a confused look coming across their face can be a great relief. Dance physiotherapists don’t only treat dance injury however. These physios can perform a Dance Screening that will pick up many issues before they become an injury. They can help you to improve your technique, prepare for an upcoming exam or audition or even teach you self-management techniques for when you are away on tour!
As a Dance Physiotherapist Annabel has a special interest in treating all types of Performing Artists, from classical ballet dancers to hiphop performers and musicians. Having a strong & varied background in dance, gymnastics and music from a young age, she can help you to achieve your goals and excel as a dancer!!
Learn how to get the most out of your dancing, improve areas of technique such as turnout and flexibility and prevent injury.
Learning about how our bodies do what they do is an essential part of being a dancer. For example, if we can understand which muscles we should be using to perform a grand battement correctly we could improve the height of the working leg significantly!
Dance education workshops and lectures are a great way to learn more about how to get the most out of your dancing, improve areas of technique such as turnout and flexibility and prevent injury. Workshops can be held at your own dance studio with small groups of 5-15 students. Every workshop includes a theory component (eg. anatomy of the turnout muscles) and a practical component. Each student is provided with an informative handout covering the key factors of the workshop topic and a home exercise program.
We cover a wide range of topics including:
- Pointe range and foot control
- Preparation for pointework
- Turnout and core for Dancers
- Spinal mobility for Contemporary Dance
- Improving jumps technique
- Pilates for dancers
- Upper limb strength and stability