'Your body needs complete rest over the holidays' is one of the most common myths in ballet training. Controversial? Let me explain.
Of course you need to include rest in your training plan - some rest each day, each week, and in other periods during the year. This is important for your mind as it is for your body. However, too much rest can quickly lead to deconditioning, meaning that your technique worsens, your muscles weaken, your ability to use those muscles efficiently decreases, your bones and tendons lose their robust structure.. The list goes on. It is therefore important to maintain some form of physical activity over the Easter break - three weeks is too long to do nothing.
The upside? Three weeks away from school gives you the opportunity to work in different ways, focus on different aspects of dance, and enjoy som added variety in your training. Welcome to the Easter Workshop Series.
The Ballet Physio runs a series of five workshops each three hours long. Each
workshop has a central component which addresses the basic balletic
requirements for your facility - core strength, turnout strength, foot strength,
and back strength - including new exercises, group exercises and mat-based
exercises, all interspersed with balletic practice so students can apply these
Additionally, each class takes a specific focus as well. This year, we have:
Extensions: addressing leg strength of both supporting and working legs
Balance 1 (static) and 2 (dynamic): addressing control of body position in adage
Allegro 1 (petit) and 2 (grand): addressing height of jump, control of jumping
placement, and stamina
Each class is stand-alone and can be booked separately, and the second class in a series (eg Allegro 2) builds on the first class to make each of the five classes beneficial in their own elements. All classes run from 12-3pm at Danceworks, 16 Balderton Street, London W1K 6TN. Classes are targeted at vocational ballet students aged 11-16, but would also benefit older students.
Tuesday 7th April: Workshop 1 Extensions
Thursday 9th April: Workshop 2 Allegro 1
Tuesday 14th April: Workshop 3 Balance 1
Thursday 16th April: Workshop 4 Allegro 2
Tuesday 21st April: Workshop 5 Balance 2
Dancers will need:
- Water bottle
- Leotard/unitard (and pointe shoes if used)
(and anything else you might usually carry to
Please register below to secure your place -
spaces are strictly limited.
Please email Luke at if you have any difficulties with the registration process.