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In this episode, Master Teacher Vicki Fletcher gives ideas for drills and skills that you can work on with your incline mat. You will find great ideas for building strength and confidence in little to advanced dancers! Vicki Fletcher was born and currently lives in Ontario Canada and has been dancing since the age of 2. She soon realized that her love for all forms of dance was something she wanted to share with others through teaching. She began teaching at the age of 17 and has been doing it ever since. Vicki brings 25 years of teaching experience in jazz,tap,acro,lyrical, stretch and conditioning and musical theatre. Vicki graduated from Dance Masters of America's Teacher's Training School at Kent State University and the University of New York in Buffalo and is also certified through the Ontario's Gymnastics Federation. Vicki has adjudicated dance competitions and has taught workshops at many studios in Canada. She feels it is very important to stay current with your training so attends workshops and conventions whenever she can. She has won many awards for her creative and innovative choreography and her students have won numerous awards,scholarships and titles. Many have gone on to pursue their own careers in dance whether it be performing in companies or on cruise ships, studying dance in University and becoming teachers themselves. Through her years of teaching Vicki has become more and more passionate towards the acro aspect of dance and has had great success in building a strong acro studio. This love for acro and the desire to see it done safely by teachers and students is what makes being a part of Acrobatic Arts so exciting for her. She is looking forward to working with students and teachers from all over the world who share her passion for acro. Need some visuals? Check out Vicki's Weekly Mini presentation, Many ways to use an incline mat, on YouTube! If you'd like more amazing content more tips and ideas check out our Acrobatic Arts Channel on YouTube. Subscribe Now! Connect with Acrobatic Arts on your favourite social media platform: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acrobaticarts/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Acroarts Twitter: https://twitter.com/acrobatic_arts/ Learn more and register for our programs at AcrobaticArts.com
In this episode, Acrobatic Arts company Principal Sandra Elliott talks about the importance of balanced development in our dancers. Sandra offers insight and practical steps to help build balance from the beginning or to overcome deficiencies that have developed over time. Understanding imbalances and how to correct them can give teachers a strong foundation in helping their dancers find technical freedom to perform optimally. Don't miss this important episode! With over 30 years teaching experience, Sandra has also been enjoying her role as a course conductor and examiner with Acrobatic Arts since its inception in 2012. She assisted in developing the Module 1 Teacher's Certification Course. In addition, she developed the Graduate Student Teacher's Certification course, the Adjudicator Certification for AcroDance course and the Pin Examiner Certification course. Sandra is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and has her Bachelor of Education Degree, with a major in dance. Throughout her teaching career, she has successfully prepared students for all levels of RAD exams. One of her students achieved her Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal while another student participated in the RAD's Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition (formerly ‘The Genee') who later became a member of the Citie Ballet Company and is currently a member of Ballet Kelowna. Sandra has also been closely involved in the training of many students who have gone on to dance in professional shows including The Music Man (Broadway), Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Movin' Out (Canadian Tour), Cirque Du Soleil (Las Vegas), So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Celine Dion and Taylor Swift. One of those students was the 2013 winner of UK's Got To Dance and a competitor in World of Dance Season 2. He is currently running his own contemporary company ‘Untitled' out of the UK. Sandra's choreography has won many overall, title and choreography awards. She is passionate about not only developing artistic dancers that have excellent technique but she also loves helping dancers to understand how the things they learn in dance can translate into their personal lives helping them to push themselves to be the best they can be. Email: principal@acrobaticarts.com If you'd like more amazing content more tips and ideas check out our Acrobatic Arts Channel on YouTube. Subscribe Now! Connect with Acrobatic Arts on your favourite social media platform: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acrobaticarts/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Acroarts Twitter: https://twitter.com/acrobatic_arts/ Learn more and register for our programs at AcrobaticArts.com
In this episode, Acrobatic Arts US Division Manager Mark Nash talks about the nature of ballet and acrodance as complementary art forms in training and performance. Teachers and studio owners, this episode provides excellent insight for conversations with parents and dancers. Mark is the US Division Manager for Acrobatic Arts, as well as an acro adjudicator, educator and certified examiner. He enjoys choreography and has won the Josephine-Hermene Schwarz award as well as received commissions to choreograph repertory and full-length works for various dance companies throughout the US. He was a professional dancer and has danced for Dayton and Cincinnati Ballets, and Ballet West. Mark is also an eight-time Men's World Baton Twirling Champion, and has taught numerous world champions as well. He values education and has Master's Degrees in Business and Arts Administration, as well as many dance related certifications. Mark is also a devoted husband and father of three, and lives in California. Previous Episodes: Ep 5 Acrobatic Arts United States Division Manager Mark Nash Email: mark@acrobaticarts.com FB https://www.facebook.com/nashmark/ IG @nashmark23 Nash Twirling Academy https://www.nashtwirlingacademy.com Acrobatic Arts AcrobaticArts.com
Linda Bluestein, M.D., is an integrative pain medicine physician and former ballet dancer who specializes in treating hypermobility disorders in dancers. Following-up from our first chat with Dr. Bluestein in Ep. 20, we dive deeper and explore her unique approach to the evaluation and treatment of this highly specialized population. This is a must-listen for all dance teachers! In addition to her private medical practice, Hypermobility MD, Dr. Bluestein is the founder and co-host of the podcast, Bendy Bodies with the Hypermobility MD, and former co-host of “Hypermobility Happy Hour.” Dr. Bluestein is the Director of Education for the nonprofit, EDS Wellness, Inc. and founder and executive director of Bendy Bodies, an organization dedicated to empowering hypermobile performing artists. She has published a number of original research papers; presents work at national and international conferences, and is a contributing author for the book, Disjointed - Navigating the Diagnosis and Management of Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Bluestein is a member of the Board of Directors for the Bridge Dance Project, the Allergy and Immunology Working Group for the International Consortium on EDS and HSD, the Advisory Board for Doctors for Dancers, and the Resources Committee for the Dance Healthy Alliance of Canada. More information about Dr. Bluestein can be found on her website, www.hypermobilitymd.com. Links: Hypermobility MD https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/ Hypermodbility MD Podcast https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/podcast Bendy Bodies http://bendybodies.org/ International Association for Dance Medicine & Science https://iadms.org Ehlers-Danlos Society https://www.ehlers-danlos.com Social media: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ https://www.instagram.com/hypermobilitymd/ https://www.instagram.com/bendy_bodies/ https://twitter.com/BluesteinLinda
In this episode, Master Teacher Wendy Holmquist explains the difference between AcroDance and Gymnastics, including equipment, technique, expectations for performance and more! Need some visuals? Check out Wendy's Weekly Mini presentation, The difference between AcroDance and Gymnastics, on YouTube! If you'd like more amazing content more tips and ideas check out our Acrobatic Arts Channel on YouTube. Subscribe Now! Connect with Acrobatic Arts on your favourite social media platform: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acrobaticarts/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Acroarts Twitter: https://twitter.com/acrobatic_arts/ Learn more and register for our programs at AcrobaticArts.com
Katie Schaar has nearly two decades of experience in the business and she's done it all as a dancer and a choreographer: movies, SYTYCD, music award shows, the Super Bowl, rock star world tours, and co-founding her passion project Sugarfoot Therapy. In this episode, Katie talks about her career and influences, as well as giving her best insight on setting dancer athletes up physically and mentally for whatever path they choose! Mentoring young people or interested in a long-lasting career? This episode is for you! Katie Schaar has nearly two decades of experience as a Los Angeles-based dancer, choreographer, & dance teacher. Credits include Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, the American Music Awards, MTV VMA's, the BRIT Awards, the Grammy's, films The Muppets and Rock of Ages, the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show, and world tours for P!NK, Katy Perry & Taylor Swift. She has a BA from Loyola Marymount University, where she studied Communications Studies and Dance. Katie co-created Sugarfoot Therapy, a physical therapy-based conditioning & injury prevention program for dancers; and she is the founder and Director of Operations at MOTI Physiotherapy in LA. Sugarfoot Therapy classes on CLI Studios: https://members.clistudios.com/classes/instructors/81 Sugarfoot Therapy, Online exercise platform and teacher courses: www.sugarfoottherapy.com MOTI Physiotherapy, Los Angeles Physical Therapy facilities: www.motipt.com Bridge Dance Project - Optimizing Performance for Competition - an event for competition dance studio owners / teachers / event planners. August 5-7, 2022. Denver, CO - USA If you'd like more amazing content more tips and ideas check out our Acrobatic Arts Channel on YouTube. Subscribe Now! Connect with Acrobatic Arts on your favourite social media platform: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acrobaticarts/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Acroarts Twitter: https://twitter.com/acrobatic_arts/ Learn more and register for our programs at AcrobaticArts.com
In this episode Acrobatic Arts company Principal, Sandra Elliott, explains the most common errors we see in the Primary to Level 3 exams and how to fix them. Miss Sandra provides insight, common corrections, and tips to help you set your students up for success as the prepare for these exam levels. Need some visuals? Check out Sandra's Weekly Mini presentation, Most Common Corrections in Exams Primary to Level 3, on YouTube! Referenced Resources AcroDance Resource Center Weekly Mini Ep 2: Beginner Handstands with Loren Demody Weekly Mini Ep 16: Why is shoulder and hip flexibility important for Bridge Work? with Kate Evans Weekly Mini Ep 7: Skills and Drills for Folded Mats with Jill Ford Weekly Mini Ep 14: Many ways to use an incline mat with Vicky Fletcher If you'd like more amazing content more tips and ideas check out our Acrobatic Arts Channel on YouTube. Subscribe Now! Connect with Acrobatic Arts on your favourite social media platform: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acrobaticarts/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Acroarts Twitter: https://twitter.com/acrobatic_arts/ Learn more and register for our programs at AcrobaticArts.com
Are mindset and anxiety issues holding your dancers back? In this episode of The Acrobatic Arts Podcast, Loren talks to Dr. Leisha Strachan about ways we can help dancers overcome common mindset challenges. Don't miss this episode chalk-a-block full of tangible strategies that you can start using to help your dancers today! Dr. Leisha Strachan is a professor at the University of Manitoba with a research focus on positive youth development through sport. She is also interested in research with coaches and parents in the deliberate delivery of positive sport experiences for children and youth. Research Areas Positive youth development Sport participation Children Youth Sport psychology Education Doctor of Philosopy - Sport Psychology, Queen's University (2008) Master of Human Kinetics - Sport Psychology, University of Windsor (2004) Bachelor of Education, University of Manitoba (1999) Bachelor of Physical Education, University of Manitoba (1997) Leisha has been involved in sport and dance for the majority of her life. She began baton twirling at Crestview Community Club in Winnipeg at the age of 5 and continued for 18 years. She is a former Canadian Senior Freestyle Champion (1994), Grand National Solo and 2-Baton champion (1994), CBTF Senior Athlete and Overall Athlete of the Year (1994), and a 7-time Canadian Contingent member competing in freestyle (highest placing - 6th in 1994) and pair events garnering 2 world bronze medals for her efforts (with Kristin Macaraeg). In her time on the national team, she traveled to France, Japan, Holland, Italy, and Hawaii. Leisha is one of the founding coaches of Aerial Fusion Baton, which has been in existence for 25 years. In addition to being a Level 3 certified coach, she is also certified as a Module 1 teacher in Acrobatic Arts. She is also a certified M1, M2, M3, and Masters judge. She has had the opportunity to coach provincial and national team members and continues to choreograph for different athletes across Canada, England, and Scotland. IG @drls250 Previous Episodes Ep 4 Protecting Your Mental Health Dr Leisha Strachan Sources Referenced MindShift App AcroDance Resource Center Psyching for Sport - Terry Orlick The Mental Athlete - Kay Porter Sports Psychology for Coaches www.projectscore.ca www.sportpsychologyforcoaches.ca
In this episode, Master Teacher Miss Heather Lawrence-Thomas explains how Acrobatic Arts progress cards can keep your classes organized, your dancers motivated, and the expectations of dance parents met! Mrs Thomas has extensive training and knowledge in BATD (British Association Teachers of Dancing), ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts and Professional Teachers) AG (Al Gilbert), RAD ( Royal Academy of Dancing) covering Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Ballet, Acrobatics, and Musical Theatre. She has personally trained with well known dance masters such as Joe Tremaine, Bryan Foley, and Al Gilbert. And continues to immerse herself in diverse studies around the globe.She has had the opportunity to choreograph over twenty full length stage shows, which have been performed in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, England, Scotland, Germany, France, Spain, Greece and the USA. Heather believes strongly in exposing herself, and her students to new challenges. In turn they have been awarded many high-score and title awards. As a direct result of Heathers professional and personal nurturing many of her students have gone on to enjoy professional careers performing with Brittney Spears, Queen Latifah, and Wayne Brady just to name a few. Other students have loved performing with numerous Cruise Lines, The Second City in Toronto, On and Off Broadway productions incorporating dance, theatre, Ariel Acrobatics, Circus Arts often whilst travelling to all corners of the world. Mrs Thomas is in constant demand across Canada and the USA as an adjudicator, teacher and choreographer, but her heart always lies within the studio! Need some visuals? Check out Miss Heather's Weekly Mini presentation, Progress Cards, on YouTube! If you'd like more amazing content more tips and ideas check out our Acrobatic Arts Channel on YouTube. Subscribe Now! Connect with Acrobatic Arts on your favourite social media platform: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acrobaticarts/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Acroarts Twitter: https://twitter.com/acrobatic_arts/ Learn more and register for our programs at AcrobaticArts.com
Following up on Ep. 28 Physiotherapist Tim Buckley: Dance Injuries, Pt 1, Loren and Tim dive into answering listeners' questions with specifics and practicalities to the unique challenges dancers face. Tim Buckley is a Physiotherapist from Melbourne, Australia. He has worked exclusively with elite ballet dancers, circus artists and orchestral musicians during his 15 year career and has spoken twice at IADMS conferences in Australia and the USA. He was one of two full time physios with The Australian Ballet from 2006-2008 and toured Australia, China, England and France. He joined Cirque du Soleil in 2009 and toured Japan, South America and North America with ‘Corteo' and ‘Quidam', before settling in Montréal to work at Cirque's international headquarters as the Supervisor of Performance Medicine. Tim then toured again as the Head Physiotherapist on Cirque du Soleil's production, ‘Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities' in 2014-15, before moving back to Melbourne in 2016. After another year at The Australian Ballet and completing a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy, Tim re-joined Cirque du Soleil where he worked as a ‘fly-in' Head Physiotherapist on several touring shows including Amaluna, Volta and Crystal as well as in Montreal on various creation projects, until March 2020. Tim now co-manages the Australia / New Zealand / Asia divisions of Acrobatic Arts as well as Aerial Arts. He is our consultant Physiotherapist, providing input on the continuing development of our syllabus and programs. Now based in London, Ontario, Tim and his wife Meaghan own/operate ‘The Academy' - an aerial and acrobatic studio with two locations. www.theacademycircus.comFacebook: The Academy CircusInstagram: @theacademycircus Previous Acrobatic Arts Podcast Episodes: Ep 7 Acrobatic Arts Australia, New Zealand and Asia Division Managers Meaghan Wegg and Tim Buckley Ep. 28 Physiotherapist Tim Buckley: Dance Injuries, Pt 1 Connect with Acrobatic Arts on your favourite social media platform: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acrobaticarts/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Acroarts Twitter: https://twitter.com/acrobatic_arts/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AcrobaticartsCa Learn more and register for our programs at AcrobaticArts.com
In this informative episode, Loren talks to physiotherapist Tim Buckley about dance injuries resulting from different disciplines such as acro and circus arts. Tim provides expert perspective and insight into common questions dance teachers have about training, injury, pain, recovery, and prevention. Tim Buckley is a Physiotherapist from Melbourne, Australia. He has worked exclusively with elite ballet dancers, circus artists and orchestral musicians during his 15 year career and has spoken twice at IADMS conferences in Australia and the USA. He was one of two full time physios with The Australian Ballet from 2006-2008 and toured Australia, China, England and France. He joined Cirque du Soleil in 2009 and toured Japan, South America and North America with ‘Corteo' and ‘Quidam', before settling in Montréal to work at Cirque's international headquarters as the Supervisor of Performance Medicine. Tim then toured again as the Head Physiotherapist on Cirque du Soleil's production, ‘Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities' in 2014-15, before moving back to Melbourne in 2016. After another year at The Australian Ballet and completing a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy, Tim re-joined Cirque du Soleil where he worked as a ‘fly-in' Head Physiotherapist on several touring shows including Amaluna, Volta and Crystal as well as in Montreal on various creation projects, until March 2020. Tim now co-manages the Australia / New Zealand / Asia divisions of Acrobatic Arts as well as Aerial Arts. He is our consultant Physiotherapist, providing input on the continuing development of our syllabus and programs. Now based in London, Ontario, Tim and his wife Meaghan own/operate ‘The Academy' - an aerial and acrobatic studio with two locations. www.theacademycircus.comFacebook: The Academy CircusInstagram: @theacademycircus Previous Acrobatic Arts Podcast Episodes: Ep 7 Acrobatic Arts Australia, New Zealand and Asia Division Managers Meaghan Wegg and Tim Buckley Connect with Acrobatic Arts on your favourite social media platform: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acrobaticarts/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Acroarts Twitter: https://twitter.com/acrobatic_arts/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AcrobaticartsCa Learn more and register for our programs at AcrobaticArts.com
In this episode Master Teacher Loren Dermody give ideas for beginner handstands. Learn skills and drills for beginners in this exceptional lesson! Loren Dermody envisions living in a world where everyone dances, loves, laughs, lives their passion, and listens to Prince every single day! A renowned and sought-after coach and choreographer, Loren started studying dance, acrobatics, and baton twirling at a very young age in Regina, Saskatchewan. Throughout her competitive career she competed nationally and internationally in dance and baton twirling as an individual and in groups. Hard work and dedication brought her and her teammates incredible success including a Gold Medal at the World Baton Twirling Championships in Padova, Italy and recognition as inductees into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. Over the last 30 years, when she's not choreographing award-winning routines for hundreds of dancers and athletes in dance, baton and acrobatics, you can find her traveling the world, upgrading her certifications, attending professional development events, workshops, and conferences that keep her on top of the most recent developments and current trends in the industry. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Studies from the University of Calgary, Loren is a CBTF Certified Coach & Judge; WBTF Certified Judge; Certified Yoga & Meditation Teacher; ADAPT Jazz and Tap Certified Teacher; Certified RWID Instructor; Certified PBT Teacher; Alixa Flexibility Module 3 Certified Teacher; Acrobatic Arts Certified Teacher, Course Conductor, & Examiner; Level 1 Certified Trainer in the Genius of Flexibility Method; Level 2 NCCP Accredited Coach; Y.P.A.D Certified Teacher; member of IADMS; member of the Yoga Alliance; and a member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (Jazz & Acrobatics). Loren has been with Acrobatic Arts since the beginning and is excited to contribute her creativity, years of experience, and her love for teaching alongside the most talented staff in the world! Need some visuals? Check out Miss Loren's Weekly Mini presentation, Beginner Handstands, on YouTube! If you'd like more amazing content more tips and ideas check out our Acrobatic Arts Channel on YouTube. Subscribe Now! Connect with Acrobatic Arts on your favourite social media platform: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acrobaticarts/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Acroarts Twitter: https://twitter.com/acrobatic_arts/ Learn more and register for our programs at AcrobaticArts.com
With little more than an idea and drive to find her way, Mandy Yip went from selling her dance studio to leading the world’s most recognized AcroDance syllabus company. Now the CEO, Canadian Division Manager, and founder of Acrobatic Arts, shares her tips and tactics for building your way to business success with good company.As the founder and CEO of Acrobatic Arts Inc, Mandy manages the staff and delivery of all training programs, and the Acrobatic Arts syllabus in over 6500 dance studios in over 30 countries. Over 500,000 dancers participate in Acrobatic Arts classes on a weekly basis. Mandy created the Acrobatic Arts training and certification program, and the Acrobatic Arts Curriculum, producing the most comprehensive, researched program available for AcroDance.A lifelong learner, Mandy has achieved certification in countless courses, including contortion, hand balancing, inclusive learning, tap, jazz, gymnastics, and safe coaching, to name a few. Mandy currently sits on the advisory board for YPAD, and assists with the mission of keeping kids safe in dance through this organization. Highly sought for workshops, Mandy has taught thousands of dance teachers, and provided expert classes around the world. Mandy is known for bringing passion, technique and in-depth practical knowledge to engaging classes.Previous Acrobatic Arts Podcast Episodes:Ep. 3 Acrobatic Arts Founder, CEO and Canadian Division Manager - Mandy YipConnect with Acrobatic Arts on your favourite social media platform:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/acrobaticarts/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AcroartsTwitter: https://twitter.com/acrobatic_arts/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AcrobaticartsCaLearn more and register for our programs at AcrobaticArts.com
The finale episode of The Acrobatic Arts Podcast's first year features memorable moments from the 2021 line-up. Top take-a-ways in a countdown of the very best include clips from: Rick Tjia Kelly Peterson Sarah Calvert David Stinson Dr. Linda Bluestein Dr. Leisha Strachan Erika Mayall Thank you to our listeners and a huge thank you to ALL our amazing guests this past year! … Coming in January is our New Year's kick-off episode featuring Acrobatic Arts Founder and Canadian Division Manager, Mandy Yip! Is there something you've always wanted to ask Mandy? Email your question to podcast@acrobaticarts.com and we'll try to include it in the episode! Feel free to also send us your ideas for the topics and innovators from the dance and acro industry that will entertain, inspire, and take your teaching to the next level in 2022!
Prepping for a dance competition comes with many concerns; however, one crucial consideration often gets overlooked: what will your dancers eat? In this episode, Accredited Nutritionist and Sports/Dance Dietitian Jasmine Challis provides solid takeaways and nutrition tips for dancers to optimize energy and keep them on their toes! Jasmine is an Accredited Nutritionist and Sports Dietitian on the UK Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) with a particular interest in dance. She has worked with and advised within the dance industry for more than 25 years. Jasmine's presentations and workshops on 'Nutrition and Dance Performance' and 'Eating Disorders' have been provided to dance teachers and at the Dance UK Roadshows. She was nutrition consultant for the Dance UK Information Sheet on Food and Nutrition for Dancers and is co-author of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) updated Nutrition Resource Paper (2016) and the Nutrition chapter in the IADMS ‘Dancer Wellness' published 2017. Away from dance, she has contributed to medical and dietetic textbooks and continues working with patients and clients both with disordered eating and other medical problems. Jasmine has also worked both with coaches and athletes and has advised at national-level training camps. She has recently completed a MRes in Sport and Exercise Science at Roehampton University. Jasmine Challis Twitter @ https://twitter.com/challisjasmine Contact Jasmine @ jasminechallis1@gmail.com Previous Acrobatic Arts Podcast Episodes: Ep. 10 How to Approach the Topic of Body Composition - Jasmine Challis
Have you lost your marketing inspiration, or are you not sure where to begin? In this episode, we're talking to Acrobatic Arts Director of Marketing Michelle McBride, who's had an impressive 20-year career as a graphic designer and dance teacher. What a wealth of experience and perspective she brings! It's inspiring and tactical. This episode teaches tangible marketing tips and take-aways for studio owners wanting to stand out from the rest and GROW! Michelle has a degree in visual communication design and has worked in the industry for 20 years. She works with Acrobatic Arts as a marketing director and also consults several local studios. She has worked with large national and international brands to small local businesses and government agencies. Michelle has been a dance instructor for over 20 years and is a certified instructor in the Acrobatic Arts syllabus, AcroDance Preschool, Aerial Arts and is a certified adjudicator. Design https://www.instagram.com/michelle.mcbride.design/ https://www.behance.net/michellemcbride Acro https://www.instagram.com/miss.dishy.acro/ Additional Acrobatic Arts Marketing Resources AcroDance Resource Centre https://www.acrobaticarts.com/#/page/custom/0/96 AcroDance PreSchool Program https://www.acrobaticarts.com/#/page/custom/0/47
In this episode of the Acrobatic Arts Podcast, Liza Kovacs discusses the question “How much training is too much?” Liza considers herself a dance nerd and is interested in learning mechanisms, knowledge building and pedagogical practices in dance, as well as in the application of periodization concepts in classical training. Since graduating from the National Ballet School of Canada, Liza Kovacs has danced with the National Ballet of Canada, Lalala Human Steps and the BJM as well as collaborating on numerous projects with some of Canada's finest contemporary choreographers. Her passion for dance has led her to a Masters of Arts from the University of Quebec in Montreal and a Masters in Dance Science from Trinity-Laban in London. Since then she has studied kinesthetic anatomy and neuromuscular re-education with Irene Dowd, as well as in physiology, biomechanics, performance psychology, somatic studies and Laban movement analysis. Liza is certified in all levels with ABT's Training Curriculum and is also a certified Pilates instructor and a registered somatic instructor. She joined the teaching team in classical dance of the National Superior Pole of Dance Rosella Hightower in 2019 while developing an online goal setting practice to help aspiring dancers reach their potential, wherever they are. Email terpsichoreintights@gmail.com
In this episode, Maggie Morris talks about Safe in Dance International. This is a wonderful organization that works to promote safe and healthy dance practice worldwide. Maggie provides a brief summary of the tools and resources that they have available for dancers and dance teachers. In addition to being the Co-Founder of Safe in Dance International, Maggie is also a dance educator and an arts consultant. Maggie's interest in healthy dance practice stems from her career as a dancer, choreographer, artistic director and dance educator. She began her career in New York where she danced with several companies including the Murray Louis Dance Company, where she was a soloist touring internationally. She also worked with Alwin Nikolais, Placido Domingo and Dave Brubeck and performed in musical theatre, film and television. Maggie has also been a guest artist in residence for dance companies, schools and colleges throughout the world. On her return to England in 1990 Maggie took up the position of Artistic Director at Phoenix Dance Company, and international touring repertory company. With Phoenix she noted the high levels of injury and illness and worked with Jiannis Koutadakis and other health professionals to develop programmes and support systems within her company to improve dancer's fitness levels, reduce injury ease the pressures of performance. This research on the company contributed to the developments in Dance UK's Healthier Dance Programme. After leaving Phoenix Maggie focussed her work more on dance education and training and as well as delivering training in technique, choreographer and repertory she was the Head of Undergraduate Studies at Laban, London from 1998 – 2000. Over the past 18 years Maggie's has balanced her career between dance educator, consultant and healthy dance advocate. As such her work has ranged from working with the UK government to support the improvement of performing arts training in the UK, becoming an HMI in 2001 on a team of performing arts specialists looking at professional performing arts training in the UK, delivering leadership and management training on behalf of the Department of Education to Principles and CEO's of professional training colleges and Conservetoire Schools. As an advisor to Trinity College London, the BBO and the ISTD as well as a range of professional performing arts training schools and colleges she has been involved in the development of international dance qualifications and has given guidance in quality and business improvement. Maggie also lectures on dance teaching. She has been honoured to present key note speeches at the Bonnie Bird Choreography Awards and at the ISTD International teacher's graduation ceremony. Currently her key focus is on developing the work of Safe in Dance International and promoting healthy dance practice world-wide. Maggie has been a member of the Arts Council Dance panel, the Dance UK executive committee, and the Council for Dance Education and Training Accreditation Board. She is a trustee of the English National Ballet School and of Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund where she was Chair until 2016 She has written on the performing arts for publications in both the USA and Europe. Margaret has an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. She is a member of IADMS and has presented at IADMS several times. She is also a member of Healthy Dancer Canada, One Dance UK and People Dancing. http://www.safeindance.com
Linda Bluestein, M.D. is an integrative pain medicine physician and former ballet dancer specializing in treating hypermobility disorders and other conditions involving persistent pain. Do you know the difference between hypermobility and flexibility? Join Dr. Linda Bluestein on this podcast episode and listen as she answers that question and many more! In addition to her private medical practice, Hypermobility MD, Dr. Bluestein is the founder and co-host of the podcast, “Bendy Bodies with the Hypermobility MD,” and former co-host of “Hypermobility Happy Hour.” Dr. Bluestein is the Director of Education for the nonprofit, EDS Wellness, Inc. and founder and executive director of Bendy Bodies, an organization dedicated to empowering hypermobile performing artists. She has published a number of original research papers; presents work at national and international conferences, and is a contributing author for the book, Disjointed - Navigating the Diagnosis and Management of Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Bluestein is a member of the Board of Directors for the Bridge Dance Project, the Allergy and Immunology Working Group for the International Consortium on EDS and HSD, the Advisory Board for Doctors for Dancers, and the Resources Committee for the Dance Healthy Alliance of Canada. More information about Dr. Bluestein can be found on her website, www.hypermobilitymd.com. Links: https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/ https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/podcast https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/educational-services https://www.hypermobilitymd.com/resources https://iadms.org https://www.ehlers-danlos.com Social media: https://www.facebook.com/hypermobilityMD/ https://www.instagram.com/hypermobilitymd/ https://www.instagram.com/bendy_bodies/ https://twitter.com/BluesteinLinda
Have you ever wondered how to help dancers with scoliosis? In this episode we have special guest Suzanne Koucheravy. Suzanne specializes in dance medicine as well as being a Scolio-Pilates® master teacher. Listen today and hear Suzanne's informative talk on the topic of scoliosis and how she uses a pilates-based rehabilitation method to help dancers with scoliosis. Suzanne Koucheravy is a Pilates Instructor certified by the Pilates Method Alliance. Her teacher-training program was completed with Polestar Education, a Pilates education system that focuses on the rehabilitation and post-rehabilita- tion needs of clients in the therapeutic and fitness settings. Suzanne has been on the staff of a physical therapy clinic since 2006 as a personal trainer specializing in chronic health issues and dance rehabilitation. Her interest in scoliosis lead her to pursue more in-depth understanding of spine disorders. She has been an Authorized Scolio-Pilates® Practitioner since 2015 and Master Scolio-Pilates® Instructor 2018 assisting at workshops, mentoring and seeing clients privately. She has attended numerous continuing education workshops to include Modifi- cations for Yoga using the Schroth Method, Pilates Modifications for Scoliosis us- ing the Schroth Method, and Scoliosis Intensive through Phi Pilates, and Pilates for MS. Suzanne has been invited to present a lecture, poster and movement ses- sion on “Understanding the Dancer with Scoliosis “ at the IADMS International conference in Montreal October 2019. Suzanne graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Theater from Kansas State University. She has over 25 years performing and teaching dance (Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University, Maryland Youth Ballet, The Washington Ballet, George Mason University). She has successfully helped many dancers and non-dancers overcome the complications of scoliosis and develop life long strategies to reach their goals. Website Benemotus.com Instagram benemotus_scolio_pilates Email skoucheravy56@gmail.com Scolio-PIlates® at www.osteopilates.com
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