Few things give me more professional joy and inspiration than teaching the next generation of young dancers about their bodies. Last weekend I ventured out to Bairnsdale in regional Victoria to the Jan Pianta School of Dance - the longest running dance school in East Gippsland, headed up by Jan Pianta. East Gippsland holds a... Continue Reading →
Never underestimate the power of a beautifully controlled, expertly executed rise. Dance physiotherapists place great importance on the technique, control and endurance of a single leg rise to demi pointe when assessing a dancer's readiness to commence pointe work. It gives us valuable insight into where a dancer may be lacking in their development and... Continue Reading →
The junior dance competition season is underway, and for many young dancers it is an exciting opportunity to perform on stage. However, the school holidays, rather than being a time for rest and recuperation between busy school terms, can transform into a hive of additional activity with dancers participating in winter schools and eisteddfods. In... Continue Reading →
Commencing pointe work is a rite of passage for many young dancers. It is an exciting milestone, eagerly anticipated by dance students, teachers and parents alike. However, dancing en pointe is not a natural thing for a human body to be doing; few dancers are fortunate to have been born with the exact physical attributes... Continue Reading →
I worked with Medibank's BE Magazine throughout 2016 to deliver a comprehensive STRETCHING GUIDE which can be followed by just about anyone - sedentary office workers, recreational runners, gym enthusiasts and anyone wanting to improve their joint mobility, muscle length and overall wellbeing. Click here to be taken to the Guide! Image credit: Medibank BE... Continue Reading →
Need some more mobility in your upper back, chest and shoulders? Check out this guide I wrote for Medibank's BE. Magazine describing a Thoracic Rotation exercise, perfect for office workers and people who don't move much during the day! Image credit from Medibank's BE. Magazine STRETCHING GUIDE 2016.
I was recently asked to contribute my expertise and experience to the Spring edition of Medibank's BE. Magazine. I chose to write about a real passion of mine, and that is keeping elite young athletes in the game by managing their training load, to prevent overload and therefore injury. You can click here to be taken... Continue Reading →