Dance Physio & Assessments
Our Dance Physios
Deb is one of our dance physios who grew up dancing in the Hills area and completed her Major 3 (second year) in the Australian Dance Assessment Program (ADAP now known as ADV) with Honours.
She has taught ballet for a number of dance schools in the area including Dance Pointe, Glenda Lloyd’s School of Ballet and Hills Adult Dance Academy and is now completing her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management with the Australian Dance Institute.
As a dancer herself she has experienced the demands of being ready for a ballet exam or eisteddfod whilst having to deal with injuries and hopes to educate the dancers that you don’t have to live with the pain or ‘dance through it’.
Don’t let an injury be the one thing that prevents you from reaching your full dance potential – have it seen to and learn how to take back control of your body to be the best you can be.
Our dance physio Sara has experience both in the dance world with samba and cheerleading as well as in the physical culture world being a National finalist for over 5 years.
Sara taught Physie for a number of years and has a passion for educating students about safe dance practice to avoid injury.
Sara still performs regularly in Samba and enjoys working with dance and physie people to find their full potential whether it be progressing en pointe of improving their turnout and flexibility.
Pre Pointe Assessment
Pre-pointe screenings are available at the clinic to ensure your body is physically ready for the demands of pointe work.
Going up onto pointe is very exciting time for a keen ballet dancer however it is important to ensure that the dancer has strong feet and ankles, good turnout and core control as well as an appropriate base level knowledge of ballet technique.
The findings of your dance physio assessment will be reported via email or letter to both you/your parent and your dance teacher with specific focus on how any injuries will be treated as well as areas that require improvement e.g. turn out range.
Pre-pointe assessments and dance assessments are a process – very rarely do we meet someone who is ready to progress en pointe after their initial screening. So what should you expect? And what do you need to bring?
The Process at Initial Screening
1. History Check
Our dance physiotherapist will start by taking a history which will include previous injuries, current exercise and what dance lessons you are participating in as well as what your goals are with your dancing
We’ll then have a look at your technique – this gives us a general idea of your core control, turnout ability and foot / ankle strength
3. Opportunities to Improve
After this we’ll be able to hone in on areas you need to work and improve on and take some specific measurements of your turnout, ankle range, rises strength and flexibility
4. Exercise Plan
From here your dance physiotherapist will then prescribe specific exercises for areas that require improving such as rises and doming
This will then be communicated via email to your teacher / parent
After your initial appointment your dance physiotherapist will want to follow up with you and make sure that you are doing your exercises correctly and if you have reached the initial goals set they will then progress the exercises and make them more challenging
6. Fine Tuning
Every dancer will progress at different rates and their dedication to completing their exercises will also determine when they will progress en pointe – as a result the pre pointe process may take a few appointment
What should I bring and wear?
Bring your ballet shoes and demi pointes if you have them
Wear shorts and a singlet top as this makes assessing your posture easier for our physiotherapist
Dance & Physical Culture Assessments
Dance and physical culture both have their own language and it’s important that your health professional speaks your ‘language’.
Wouldn’t it be nice to say ‘I need help straightening my knees in floor drills’ or ‘I’d like help to get my developpe second higher’ and your physio actually understands what you’re talking about?
A Dance or Physie Physio Assessment can help to identify where your weaknesses are in your technique and prescribe specific exercises to help improve it, whether it be weak turnout muscles that need deep hip rotator strengthening or short hamstring muscles stopping you from getting flat in the splits.
We’ll find you the specific exercise to target your technique issue and then show you how to apply it to your technique.
Our dance physios are available to attend your studio to run workshops about Safe Dance Practice.
+ Strength and Flexibility
+ Turnout strength
+ Flexibility for splits
+ How to get started with the Pre Pointe Process
This is a great way to introduce to parents and kids at a young age the importance of safety with dance and how physio can help you understand body awareness.