With Paula Baird Colt


25-26 Feb, 2017

This course is aimed at Pilates practitioners and other health professionals currently teaching conditioning exercises to dancers. A series of theoretical and practical workshops will expand the selection of teaching content and strategies to enhance conditioning for dancers. The course will be delivered in four modules, each module will approach the conditioning of dancers from a different but complimentary perspective.

The relationship between body conditioning exercises, the Pilates method principles and fundamentals of dance movement technique will be explored and linked in each module of the course.

Each module is linked through the CORE approach; ‘teach the body in front of you’, that in turn aims to foster and refine the participant’s skills to manipulate, innovate and individualise conditioning exercises.

Course pre-requisites

  • 2 years practical teaching experience of the Pilates method
  • Currently working with a client base that includes dancers
  • Personal or professional dance experience preferable but not essential.
  • Experience in dance education preferable but not essential.
  • Physiotherapists with Pilates/other exercise based teaching experience

Course Structure

The course is divided into four modules which will be delivered across intensive weekends.  The modules will be spaced across a 12-month period. It is preferable for participants to complete the four modules but not required, however, the completion of Module 1 is a pre-requisite for engagement in any of the other 3 modules. Each module will approach conditioning dancers from a different but complimentary perspective.

Watch the video with voice over by Paula on the importance of conditioning for dancers.

Conditioning for DANCErs – Module Description



The FOCUS module highlights the practice of conditioning exercises that support dancers in their art practice.  The workshops will include: select movement content and teaching methodologies for conditioning exercises.

The FOCUS module will cover a repertoire of dance related exercises that are apt for clinical use within a dance training or professional employment population. The selection of exercise content including Pilates based exercise will relate to and complement identifiable areas of dance technique issues.

Exercises and related activities will feature alignment, proprioception, motor control, targeted strength and endurance. The relevance of discrete and inter-related movements of specific body regions will be explored.

Exercises that use Pilates and/or simple pulley based equipment will be covered in this module.

The course will extend discussion and include demonstration of specific exercises that have been developed over a decade of teaching pre-professional and elite dance artists.   There will be a focus on exercises that relate to the lower leg, hip region, and processes that support coordination and balance.

Module 1 Dates & Times:

Saturday 25 February, 2017;  1:30pm – 8:00pm

Sunday 26 February, 2017;  9:00am – 6:00pm

Continuing Education Points:


PAA: 15 PDPs



Form is central to efficient sustainable movements and safe dance practice. The FORM module investigates the relationship between dance technique and conditioning exercises. 

Module 2 Dates & Times:

Friday 26 May, 2017;  6:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday 27 May, 2017;  1:30pm – 5:30pm

Sunday 28 May, 2017;  9:00am – 5:00pm

Continuing Education Points:


PAA: 15 PDPs



Please contact Katrina Edwards at katrina@alignedforlife.com.au to request an enrolment form.

Payment plans available on application.


per module - $1,300

Dates and Times

25 February 2017
1:30pm - 8:00pm
26 February 2017
9:00am - 6:00pm