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  1. Other than that it’s probably exposure/training related nope!
  2. Think of it more like jumps need strength and the ability to “express” strength fast. Maybe you simply haven’t trained power and therefore you don’t feel as confident. Anecdotally I will tell you that girls who jump less than 25 cm feel they can’t jump (and they can’t really:))
  3. Definitely not re-inventing but surely progressing the wheel and trying to make the environment safer for the dancer, especially for the younger dancer. A documentary about the Russian academy recorded the director saying “he has Japanese muscles”, these are the things that may be dangerous in my opinion.
  4. It’s an art form and not a sport but even as an art form there are physiological rules. The problem is the belief that these rules don’t need to be followed
  5. An art form that involves jumping therefore physiology is...physiology. A muscle doesn’t care if you walk, run, dance, jump, a muscle simply contracts and relaxes. Bulky muscles come from specific type of training that dancers do not need to do.
  6. Not sure if I replied here! I understand that you are doing your best for your students @Emma northmore, and I am not doubting your knowledge and experience. Zero injuries is an achievement and you need to be proud of yourself. I am happy to discuss further in order to understand how many hours per day/week do your students dance so that I can get perspective. You mean Upper Schools in the UK or your Upper School? I agree Pilates may be helpful but not enough for the young body to develop. Swimming is an non-weight bearing exercise so it's good for recovery but a lot of use for strength development in dancers. I am more than happy to discuss this further so feel free to DM me on facebook if you wish.
  7. There are no studies in dancers but there are in young people with musculoskeletal issues and the results are not that promising (see attached). Pilates is very low intensity exercise for a young person, therefore, you might be missing out on human potential if you just use this form of training for youth.
  8. Thank you for your comment @Pas de Quatre I agree with you. In sport in order to train the elite, high performance success is a bonus but not a guarantee for getting the job. One needs to work him/herself up. In dance, personal success as a pro seems to be enough to become an elite teacher with a certificate, that in sport would be a level 2 certificate of coaching. A level 2 gives you the right to coach but doesn’t make you a coach. Ballet teacher training would benefit from coaching education, anatomy and physiology and it should be a lot longer than it currently is, in my humble opinion always
  9. Everything works with dedicated dancers Emma! I’m happy to observe and I’m sure you know that I am as critical with my own work.
  10. @Farawaydancer thank you for clarifying, I was referring to new students and yes we are observing a difference between new students and students who come from the LS. With the male population I would say the transition is getting better, with the female population we are not there yet but lockdown has helped a lot and I think it will be a turning point.
  11. I’m not disputing the quality of your work @Emma northmore but I am sure you understand that training in developmental ages has to follow some physiological rules. An adolescent student of dance is not a dancer, in other words he/she is not a miniature adult. Dance and in particular ballet is treating, at times) the young body as a miniature adult. Supplementary training for young dancers cannot be based only on what we think is right (don’t forget our bias), but it needs to be based on some form of evidence other than our own opinion (which is biased). Please check the literature for youth development and tell me where does it say that Pilates is the key to developing a young body. I’m not saying Pilates shouldn’t be used but I’m saying it is not enough. Landing from a simple jump can produce ground reaction of 3.5-5 times the body weight of a child and rates of force of around 500 times of body weight/second. Now honestly when you know the above, can you honestly believe that Pilates is the only thing a young body needs to develop force production and absorption physiological properties? And if the answer is yes, can I please read some evidence about it? If the answer is no...well Keeping in mind that Joseph Pilates was a very weak individual who found a way to train himself. He never said Pilates is the key to development of a child. He was an adult. Also, if he hadn’t gone to New York and if M.Graham and Balanchine weren’t so avant-garde things might have been different now. Lastly, these two dance superstar names were avant-garde ...past tense ...what about now? Shouldn’t we use the knowledge we have to evolve practice? Shouldn’t we think out-of-box? Shouldn’t we be avant-garde? Isn’t this how medicine evolved? Building on experience and discovering new ways to a better world. We have had similar debates and I’m sure you understand that this is an exchange of opinions and not an attack on someone’s opinion. We do need to push practice to more evidence-based, not personal-evidence simply because “wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it, and right is right even if no one is doing it”! I’m yet to see a student (male or female) coming to the upper school and think “yep strong”. They usually need to catch up of minimum one year of resistance training and they feel intimidated. I will be presenting next week at the RAD conference discussing this topic even further for anyone who may be interested. @Emma northmore always a pleasure to debate with you.
  12. Precisely! We investigated and saw over 60% injury prevalence in professional dancer (In pre-professional it is worse) with the majority of the injuries in the lower limb and the majority of the injuries being of overuse onset. There is a place Pilates but it cannot be the only thing a dancer does simply because dance and Pilates put little force through the body but the body needs to cope with a lot of force when landing from a jump!
  13. You are also, like all of us, the creation of your confirmation bias. Science is there to guide and control and sometimes confront this bias. Whilst what you are describing did happen to you, it does not mean that the reasons it happened are the reasons you are thinking.This is not to offend your opinion or experience but simply to give perspective. Athletes have similar ideas sometimes, they believe that if they do exactly what another successful athlete did they will be successful too. Unfortunately...not the reality.
  14. Hello @Jan McNulty and thank you. My aim is to promote (as much as I can and it is possible) evidence-based practice into a traditional environment (such as ballet), so thank you for giving me the opportunity to contribute
  15. @Peony if a person is untrained or very unfit, or coming back from an injury there will be some strength development. After that stage the overload is not large enough to continue with the adaptations. For general population, this is an excellent form of exercise, but for an elite performance population I am afraid there is very little evidence or logic to keep doing something that is of such low intensity simply as a feel good factor. Joseph Pilates did not make Pilates for dancers, but he was a good salesman.
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