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  1. For those that only know of KS Dance for their Ballet... They have a really strong Dancer's Course to specialise for Commercial, Jazz and Contemporary Dance. Graduate Destinations include: West End and Broadway, Cirque Du Soleil, Friederich statpalaste Germany, and Las Vegas based shows. All students have a grounding in ballet as it provides the lines that even commercial dance auditions look for. Graduates of Ballet Course have ended up in Ballet Companies... Grads of Dancers Course end up in Commercial Dance and Theatre. The choice is endless. http://ksd-online.co.uk/dancers-course/
  2. I would add KS Dance International Summer School in there too with Royal Ballet Members teaching there alongside Kate Simmons and Gillian Hurst. 25th July - 1st August www.ksd-online.co.uk
  3. KS Dance are holding a Vocational Audition at Pineapple tomorrow for all of their courses. You can simply turn up and class will begin at 10 30am in London. If you are still undecided or want to audition for another Classical Ballet Vocational School that offer Bursaries then simply reply to this message or just turn up tomorrow ready for a Class with Kate Simmons and a member of their faculty who is a current Dancer at one of the UK's most prestigious companies. 10 00am Pineapple Dance Studios www.ksd-online.co.uk
  4. KS Dance are holding a Vocational Audition at Pineapple tomorrow for all of their courses. You can simply turn up. 10 30am in London. If you are still undecided or want to audition for another Classical Ballet Vocational School that offer Bursaries then simply reply to this message or just turn up tomorrow ready for a Class with Kate Simmons and a member of their faculty who is a current Dancer at one of the UK's most prestigious companies. 10 00am Pineapple Dance Studios www.ksd-online.co.uk
  5. Hello Everyone, Please check out our new article section where we have articles for Parents, Young Dancers and Professional Dancers. These Posts are written by current Dance health professionals and aim to bring you concise and current information to aid the development of your DDs and DSs. All the Best. https://www.scienceindance.com/single-post/2017/09/02/Train-your-body-Gain-Mobility-and-Greater-Dance-Potential
  6. We have a new website at Science in Dance and we would love it if you checked it. Out we post regular blogs and articles for your reading leisure and offer unique services. https://www.scienceindance.com/
  7. Very Simply I would recommend he practising standing on one leg with his arms in 5th. This will give him better proprioception and Neuromuscular efficiency. not glamorous but very effective.
  8. Great to see another school employing a strength coach. I have been employed at KS Dance as head of strength and conditioning for two years. In this time we have developed a fast growing Dance Health and Strength Programme. Congratulations to Jade and Nico on their work. Its great to see other schools emolying strength and rehab principles like this. TheBalletStrengthPro on Instagram and Science in Dance on Facebook are similar programmes implemented in Vocational ballet school settings to aid injury prevention and promote performance. I hope to see more Dancers investing their time and energy in S&C soon. Rupert Wiltshire MSc and PhD student of Dance Science
  9. Specialisation is minefield to be perfectly honest. If we look at team sports and invasion sports we can often see trends that are transferable such as movement patterns, aerobic conditioning, proprioception, spacial awareness, acute reactive strength properties and agility. These skills are specialised within themselves, however, they are transferable between sports such as running, rugby, soccer, hockey etc. However, gymnastics and ballet are contain movement patterns and finite skills that need to acquired from a young age. Even though generally speaking ballet is a closed activity and is pre planned and coordinated, the fundamentals of the movements do require early specialisation. Transferable skills and attributes from gymnastics can be applied. However the trend for early specialisation in Dance is generally driven by the pre puberty development of range movement, flexibility and fine movement. Although it is controversial I am a fan of early specialisation however I would say that I am a some "Neo" advocate of this as I believe that this early specialisation should still follow a Long term athlete development (LTAD) system. The reason I say this is that I believe in the early development of dance related skills and attributes as they are less attainable in the latter teenage years HOWEVER I prefer to develop my dances (in strength and conditioning terms) in alignment with lots of other sports which does not take children to the extremes and monitors their progression in a very measurable and safe fashion. As such kids and teenagers should work along side Strength Coaches, Doctors and Young athlete development specialists in order to prevent burn out, injury and boost importantly to keep young people interested in the discipline or sport they have chosen. If a teenage is well accustomed to the demands of both sport and Dance and continues their athletic development then there is no harm in playing sport as well however it depends how much time you DD or DS wants to devote to the sport or discipline. I firmly sit on the side that full time vocational training from the age of 11 is not necessary in order to have a career in Classical Ballet. Having worked with a number of Dancers that went to high school and danced part time until 16 then went vocational colleges I can firmly say that it is not limiting. I would encourage to young Dancers to find a good teacher and school part time and then assess for vocational training at 16. This would encourage engagement and hunger for the art and allow for specialisation to take place but with out the intensity of lots of other factors. I am not suggesting vocational training from 11 is bad!! I am simply saying that vocational training is not essential for a career in Ballet and a long and prosperous one at that.
  10. Some schools now offer secondary auditions for Bursaries I believe.
  11. I most certainly do. There are some major muscle groups that help with turnout and some very general exercises that can be done to strengthen these external rotator muscles or "turnout" muscles. There are also some deeper external rotators that can be targeted. Would you like to drop me and email and I can try and take you through the full list there are probably too many variations to write here in full. Some really nice easy tricks that can be done too.
  12. There are much more conservative safer methods which are just as effective that will allow strength and aesthetics to be maintained for a whole career.
  13. Thanks PdQ would you like to send me an email and we could discuss posture, pillar strength and core stability. See if I can offer some solutions? shapedynamix@gmail.com
  14. How old is the pupil? It is important not confuse strengthening with stretching as stretching in many respects loads muscles in a similar way to strength training. If you think of a muscle as an elastic band then a stretch is just a passive loading of a muscle without added weight. Therefore it likely that the pupil needs specific strength assessment so that she has a stronger supporting leg and lower limb foundations. The ability to extend the knee will come as a result.
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