Summer School

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Summer is the perfect time to get your ballet facility in top form, get stronger, understand how your body learns and improve your ballet technique! 

 

Join The Ballet Physio Summer School - both online AND in studio - to maximise your turnout, improve your flexibility and extensions, strengthen your feet for pointe-work, and much more. 

 

Devised and run by Luke Abnett, former physio for the Royal Ballet School as well as a number of West End shows, The Ballet Physio Summer School programme of classes has been scientifically designed with male and female vocational ballet students (ages 8-18) in mind. From our flagship daily conditioning classes to our specialised classes - there is something for everyone.

 

The classes are structured to SUPPLEMENT YOUR REGULAR BALLET CLASSES & address everything your body needs for ballet training. 

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NEW ONLINE CLASS ASSESSMENT

All new dancers joining the Summer School require a New Online Class Assessment - this is a professional physiotherapy requirement. This ticket also includes participation in our Fundamental Conditioning Class - go through the fundamentals with Luke at a manageable pace before you join your other class/es and hit the ground running! Please add this ticket to your basket. Dancers will receive both a 15 min one-to-one with Luke, and admission to the class on Sunday 25th July at 1:00-2:00pm.

 

 

THE CLASSES

FUNDAMENTAL CONDITIONING / NEW CLASS ASSESSMENT

Online via zoom

All new dancers must complete this class, along with a New Class Assessment 

🦄 Do you know WHAT you want to work on but not sure HOW?

🦄 Whole body conditioning - focus on safety and accuracy

🦄 Ensure fine-tuned detail is in place for complex ballet skills

🦄 Suitable for past participants looking to revisit the fundamentals

🦄 All ages 8-18

Sunday 1:00-2:00pm (£27.00)

All new dancers must contact admin@balletphysio.com to book in your New Class Assessment

SUNDAY 25TH JULY - SATURDAY 31ST JULY 2021
All online classes will be recorded and available to view for the duration of the Summer Holidays! (for all participating dancers)

Please note bookings close for new dancers on Wednesday 21st July 2021, so book your place soon to avoid disappointment!
 

 All new dancers must now email admin@balletphysio.com 

DAILY CLASSES
 

BALLET FACILITY CONDITIONING
Online via zoom

Our best-selling Flagship class. Polish and strengthen your ballet technique ready to shine! Working on all key areas of ballet technique, you will feel stronger and more in control. 

🦄 Core strength

🦄 Turnout strength

🦄 Foot strength

🦄 Flexibility

🦄 Back strength

🦄 Strong jumps

🦄 Balance

🦄 Ages 11-18

Monday - Friday 9:00-10:30am, Saturday 10:00-11:30am (£108.00)
(new patients require a New Assessment ticket in addition)

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Ballet Physio Summer School
25 Jul, 13:00 – 31 Jul, 18:00

 All new dancers must now email admin@balletphysio.com  for last minute bookings

JUNIOR CLASSES
 

JUNIOR CONDITIONING
Online via zoom

Build those good ballet habits early! Let’s get those plies, jumps, turnout muscles and ballet arches ready and strong - right from the start! 

🦄 Explore essential elements of control and activation
 
🦄 Learn how your body works optimally and safely
 
🦄 Whole body exercises to cover all your dancing needs

🦄 Ages 8-10

Monday - Friday 10:30-11:30am, Saturday 11:30-12:30pm (£72.00)
(new patients require a New Assessment ticket in addition)

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JUNIOR PROGRESSIONS
Online via zoom

Build on the work of the morning Junior Conditioning Classes with these additional development classes

🦄 Strengthen and maximise the range of your turnout

🦄 Discover the key ingredients of well-pointed feet

🦄 Strengthen your core and lengthen your posture

🦄 Have fun in a supportive class!

🦄 Ages 8-10


Monday, Wednesday & Friday 4:00-5:00pm (£36.00)
(new patients require a New Assessment ticket in addition)

STUDIO CLASSES
 

STUDIO CONDITIONING CLASSES
Danceworks (16 Balderton St, Mayfair, W1K 6TN)

Classes will include Ballet Facility Conditioning exercises with corrections in 3D, with specialised Pirouettes and Allegro Biomechanics Coaching to polish the advanced sections of class

🦄 A broad range of exercises to strengthen the whole body for the challenges of classical ballet

🦄 Pirouettes biomechanics coaching

🦄 Allegro biomechanics coaching

🦄 Ages 11-18

Tuesday & Thursday 1:00-3:00pm at Danceworks (£95.00)

FLEXIBLE EXTENSIONS
Online via zoom

🦄 Improve the height of your extensions safely 

🦄 Maximise your natural turnout in all ranges

🦄 Ages 11-18

Monday & Friday 12:00-1:00pm (£24.00)

(new patients require a New Assessment ticket in addition)

SPECIALIST CLASSES 
Paired for maximum results

 

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Ballet Physio Summer School
25 Jul, 13:00 – 31 Jul, 18:00

 All new dancers must now email admin@balletphysio.com  for last minute bookings

BALANCED POSTURE + CORE
Online via zoom

🦄 Posture is one of the most common corrections given by teachers.

🦄 The core is important for safety and clean balletic technique.

🦄 Fun + challenging exercises to discover and strengthen optimal posture.

🦄 Ages 11-18

Monday & Wednesday 1:00-2:30pm (£36.00)

(new patients require a New Assessment ticket in addition)

TOTAL TURNOUT
Online via zoom

🦄 Improve your turnout range

🦄 Improve your turnout control of turnout

🦄 Work in all positions - standing, gesturing, splits, extensions

🦄 Work the flexibility AND the control of all contributing joints to turnout

🦄 Ages 11-18


Monday & Friday 2:30-3:30pm (£24.00)
(new patients require a New Assessment ticket in addition)

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STRONG FEET
Online via zoom

🦄 Ballet-specific strengthening for pointe-work, allegro, pirouettes and balance

🦄 Ages 11-18


Monday 5:00-6:00pm & Saturday 1:00-2:00pm (£24.00)
(new patients require a New Assessment ticket in addition)

HYPERMOBILITY STRENGTH
Online via zoom

 

🦄 Discover how to work with swayback knees, bendy ankles, and a flexible spine

 

🦄 Learn how to find a strong neutral alignment

 

🦄 Prevent joint pains from 'sitting' at the end of range


🦄 Ages 11-18

Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm & Friday 1:00-2:00pm (£24.00)
(new patients require a New Assessment ticket in addition)

Ballet Physio Summer School
25 Jul, 13:00 – 31 Jul, 18:00

 All new dancers must now email admin@balletphysio.com  for last minute bookings

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HIP & LEG STRENGTH
Online via zoom

🦄 Turnout strength, elevated adage, height of allegro

🦄 Develop strong legs without tight hip flexors or 'bulking up the quads'

🦄 Ages 11-18


Wednesday 2:30-3:30pm & Saturday 3:30-4:30pm (£24.00)
(new patients require a New Assessment ticket in addition)

ALLEGRO MECHANICS CLASS

Online via zoom (stand-alone, or combined below)

 

🦄 Strengthen the skill which causes the highest proportion of ballet injuries

🦄 Improve your landing control

🦄 Enhance your elevation off the floor

🦄 Ages 11-18

Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm (£12.00)

(new patients require a New Assessment ticket in addition)

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Ballet Physio Summer School
25 Jul, 13:00 – 31 Jul, 18:00

 All new dancers must now email admin@balletphysio.com  for last minute bookings

ALLEGRO MECHANICS & MINI TRAMPOLINE ALLEGRO
Online via zoom

 

🦄 The Allegro Mechanics Class as above

🦄 Plus the ever-popular Mini-Trampoline Allegro Class

🦄 Learn and practise skills on the mini-trampoline to enhance your allegro technique and build strength and stamina

🦄 Use a mini-trampoline to explore different elements of jumping technique for a great allegro-inspired workout which minimises impact but maximises control.

🦄 Ages 11-18

Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm & Saturday 2:00-3:00pm (£24.00)
(new patients require a New Assessment ticket in addition)

STRONG FLEXIBILITY
Online via zoom

🦄 The missing link of flexibility - the strength to control and use it

🦄 Safe exercises to improve control of greater range - higher extensions, deeper backbends, easier splits

🦄 Ages 11-18


Friday 5:00-6:00pm & Saturday 4:30-5:30pm (£24.00)
(new patients require a New Assessment ticket in addition)

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THE BALLET PHYSIO

Luke Abnett specialises in ballet physiotherapy, getting his start being the sole physiotherapist at the Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden. He was also a house parent to the graduating year and these experiences give him an expertise in vocationally training dancers. Known for his unique brand of fun and encouraging classes, he enjoys seeing dancers pick up new skills to enhance their ballet training.

FAQ

Who should attend the course?
Classes are aimed at vocational ballet students (aged 8-10 or 11-18 depending on the class) who are seeking to improve their facility (ie the natural areas of strength and flexibility in the body). All new patients are required to have a brief online assessment prior to the first class - please email admin@balletphysio.com to schedule. All classes are suitable and fun for both boys and girls to attend.

What should I wear to the class?
Comfortable ballet attire will be best - the more I can see the more I can correct and help you! Leotard, perhaps with shorts or baggies if desired.

What equipment do I need?
Mostly just yourself, ballet attire, a mat, and zoom and wifi access. Commonly used equipment includes theraband, yoga/pilates blocks, light hand weights, a cushion, dining chair.

I've missed the start but I'm still interested to join - is this possible?
Yes! As all classes are recorded for class participants, you can catch up on the replay and join us live afterwards.

I have to miss a class because of a clash - what can I do? Also: I really want to do the class but I can't make that time -what can I do?
Due to the fact we record each online class for the signed-up participants of the class, if you sign up but can't make the time you will still have access to the replay. You will hear and see the corrections I give to the dancers in the live room, which will help you to apply these cues to your own performance. (You can also email me a short clip of you doing an exercise you're really not sure of and I can offer some advice!)

I can't access the YouTube replay - what can I do?
Please check that you are logged into Youube using the email address you registered for the course. You will need to have a YouTube account with that email address. This is so YouTube recognises you to give you permission to view, and is an important privacy setting for us. Sometimes it helps to log out and then in again, or to restart your device and re-log-in.