Pearls from Pro Arte: Conditioning Specialist, Susie Higgins, on the common “threads” of dance injuries

Pilates Pearl picThe Professional Program students at Pro Arte Centre are well and truly spoiled with their weekly Pilates and Yoga training in amongst their daily dance specific and foot conditioning. Aside from classical and modified mat work we teach Pilates using small equipment with balls of various sizes, foam rollers, fit rings, rotary discs and resistance bands. We are also fortunate enough to offer the oh so important resistance work using reformers, towers, chair, ladder barrel and small barrel in our spacious and well equipped studio.

With their vigorous training and performance schedule the demands on these talented
growing bodies are high which is the reason we are actively seeking out a preventative
program which will address the common weaknesses , asymmetries and overload injuries we often observe in these aspiring dancers. At Pro Arte,  Pilates is also used as part of the dance screening students received each year, to be on top of growth related weaknesses and any injuries.

The common threads we see with a lot of  injuries can usually be identified from the following and can be easily addressed with holistic ballet training and conditioning classes:
● Standing with the pelvis tilted too far forward and the lower back too arched (used by students who turn their feet out too much and don’t use turnout correctly from the hip and due to the next point…)
● Weak abdominals (hard to believe but sadly true!)
● Tight as well as weak muscles in the spine, pelvis and hips leading to
(amongst lots of other conditions) snapping hips, IT Band Syndrome, Patellar
tendinitis
● Incorrect use of turnout and weak abdominals  – snapping hips, psoas tendinitis
● Weak foot and ankle – leading to rolling over on ankles whether on pointe or
landing from a jump or overuse injuries such as stress fractures in the foot ,
sesamoiditis.
● Poor static as well as dynamic alignment of hips, knees and feet especially in
weight-bearing which affects centre work, turns and jumps.
● Breathholding – often due to a rounded upper back posture (smart phone
generation!), leading to a stiff ribcage and upper back – this often makes the
dancer look stiff and awkward in their movements especially their port de bras, épaulement and facial expressions.

 

ArtisticSTRONG Small Group Focused Training

ArtStrong

Wednesday 9th:

  • 11.00 – 1.00pm The death of Port de Bras – Fixing the “smartphone” generation’s forward head & rolled shoulders with upper body work  – Astrid Sherman
  • 1.15 – 3.15pm “Turn like a Top” – Learn turning tricks of the pros – Beverley Bagg

Thursday 10th:

  • 11.00 – 1.00pm “Get those Legs up!” –  Increase you developpe height & extension -Beverley Bagg
  • 1.15 – 3.15pm “Jump like a Star” – Dynamic jumping by looking at footwork and strength- Beverley Bagg

AGES 12+ Intermediate/Advanced

Pro Arte Centre July Summer Training

Come train with some of Vancouver’s best and guest teachers from New York, Europe & LA this July!

Week 1 (July 17th – 21st) & Week 2 (July 24th – 28th)

GUEST TEACHERS:

  •  Kara Chan (BFA): Contemporary/Modern –  Kara received her pre-professional training from Pro Arte Centre under the direction of Astrid Sherman. She went on to complete her BFA in Dance at The Juilliard School in New York and is now dancing with the Twyla Tharpe Company.
  • Danielle Gould: Ballet – A past student of Astrid Sherman & Pro Arte Centre, The National Ballet School and Goh Ballet,  Danielle won a full scholarship to the John Cranko Academy in Stuttgart, Germany. She is now currently  dancing with the the Hungarian National Ballet.
  • Barbra Bean (BFA): Pilates Matwork – A former professional dancer, Barbra studied dance at both UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine. She completed the Teacher Training Program Pilates Method by Diane Diefenderfer and studied extensively with Ron Fletcher. She currently teaches in LA.
  • Desirée Dunbar (MFA): Contemporary/Modern – Desirée is an award-winning choreographer and the creator of gush.com. She is one of the few Canadians to teach the traditional Martha Graham technique and has had the honour of instructing at various schools including Simon Fraser University, University of Arizona, Centre National de la Danse (Paris, France) and Trintity Laban (London, UK). Her company Dezza Dance is Artist-in-Residence with the City of Vancouver.

PRO ARTE FACULTY:

  • Astrid Sherman (FISTD, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Dance Educators Committee Member): Ballet & Dance Conditioning
  • Stephana Arnold (National Ballet School, soloist Les Grands and Ballet BC): Ballet & Dance Conditioning
  • Tania Brossoit (graduate RAD Academy, England, RAD Ambassador): Ballet & Dance Conditioning
  • Kimberly Dixon (BFA Dance SFU; A.I.S.T.D. (Modern dip): Modern, Improv , Contemporary & Dance Conditioning
  • Sophia Curalli (AISTD Imperial Ballet & Modern): Ballet, Modern & Lyrical

July Summer Faculty Full Bios

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Springbreak Targeted Small Training & Maintenance Classes

2014-09-07-catchingart-scott-11981. TARGETED TECHNIQUE TRAINING: MARCH 13-16, 2017 

ArtisticSTRONG Small Group Training for ages 9+ (2 levels) with Astrid Sherman, Beverley Bagg & Susie Higgins 2.30 – 4.30pm

  •  “The death of Port de Bras” – Fixing  the “smartphone” generation’s forward head & rolled shoulders with upper body work
  •  “Turn like a Top” – Learn turning tricks from the pros
  •  “Higher Legs” – Increase you developpe height & extension
  •  “Jump like a Star” – Dynamic jumping by looking at footwork and strength

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2. MAINTENANCE TRAINING CLASSES:  MARCH 20 -23

Designed to maintain stamina,  strength, flexibility and technical achievement especially for those students who have upcoming examinations or performances.

Ages 9+ (Jnr Adv/Inter Found & Inter/Adv), 10.00am – 2.30pm

  • Ballet Technique
  • Pointe/Pre-Pointe
  • Dance Conditioning & Flexibilty
  • Contemporary Technique

 

Program Faculty:Tania Brossoit (RAD Ambassador), Stephana Arnold (National Ballet/ Les Grands Ballets/Ballet BC), Alisha Ahmadi (Pro Arte Graduate, Rambert Ballet School BSC), Susie Higgins (Pro Arte Dance Conditioning/Pilates specialist)

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Youth 4 Yule: Dec 10 7.30pm, Kay Meek

Saturday December 10th, 2016 | 7:30PM, @ Kay Meek Theatre,  West Vancouver

Join us for a festive evening of joy & promise with some of the North Shore’s most talented upcoming young artists. Featuring Pro Arte Centre’s Pre-Professional & Professional Programs together with the Lions Gate Sinfonia Youth Orchestra conducted by Clyde Mitchell.

For Tickets: http://www.kaymeekcentre.com/on_stage/2426

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Pro Arte’s Award Winning Junior Pre-Professional Programs

Pro Arte offers exceptional technical training for younger students too!

With some of Vancouver’s best teachers  including Tania Brossoit, Astrid Sherman and Kimberly Dixon.

Many graduates, who are now dancing in International companies, received their foundations and formal training at Pro Arte Centre.
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Junior Program – 3 days (Grades 1-3 ISTD Ballet): Classical Ballet, ISTD Modern, Acrobatics & Dance Conditioning

Jnr Adv  Program – 4 days (Grades 3-5 ISTD Ballet): Classical Ballet, Classical Variations, Pre-Pointe,  ISTD Modern, Contemporary and Dance Conditioning*

*optional additional classes include Jazz and Lyrical technique, Tap technique, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre

Contact  info@proarte.ca for more information.