Terry Simpson Studios' dance training includes a Body Management Programme provided by its expert staff with classes in:
A dancer requires a physically confident, technically sound & artistically equipped physique to meet the demands of their repertoire.
He or she is faced with the stresses of being flexible while needing the strength to be able to balance out and control that suppleness
and is also required to
have the ability to move to swift and intense choreography or with slow and lyrical movements, displaying great control, poise & composure
Our holistic program is not only about recovery from injury or stressors and strains on the body, but it also focuses on how to assist this body to function at its optimum level in this challenging and beautiful form of self-expression.
It is also important to note that rest is essential as is massage to help stave off injuries and to ensure that their bodies stay supple.
Prevention is of absolute importance so we teach students to learn to recognise issues themselves
How important is a consistent work ethic?
Warm-ups and stretching is often forgotten because one is so keen to jump straight into the routine.
The most common reason for injury during physical activity is because people don’t put enough emphasis on warm up and stretches.
It is important to always realise the importance of warming-up to get the most out of dancing.
Conditioning for Dance improves technique and performance in all dance forms by strengthening the body's core (abdominal and back muscles)
while developing coordination, balance, and alignment and optimizing flexibility.
Although dance training offers a specific type of fitness regime, it is important to do other types of conditioning or cross-training exercises
to complement it to help prevent injuries.
Pilates is a physical fitness system developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century and is currently practiced by over 11 million people worldwide.
It supports the dance aesthetic by strengthening and toning muscles while also elongating and slimming them.
The focus is on the deep, intrinsic muscles of the body help to pull muscle into the bone, creating a slimmer frame and
provides the strength and endurance a dancer needs to have.
Pilates does not build bulky muscles, which is something that dancers must avoid for the most part.
Daily classes and rehearsals go most of the way to creating and sustaining a dancer, but Pilates can assist to help gain that bit extra preparation for dance.
Yoga has been practiced since 3000BC and is based on the Sanskrit word meaning to “join, unite and attach” referring to the connection of body and mind.
Dancers can use yoga as a tool to improve their dance technique and also prevent career-ruining injuries.
It has a plethora of benefits for the body and the mind and flexibility is one of them.
Yoga class can fast track improvement in flexibility and can be a different and exciting way for a dancer to work on lengthening their muscles.
Yoga has become a popular form of cross-training for dancers, thanks to its stretching, strengthening and stress-relieving benefits.
The result is an undisrupted ability to bare our souls as dancers with confidence, intuition and freedom of movement.
The role of breathing and mediation within the yoga practice is perhaps the key to yoga’s ability to merge physical, spiritual and mental fitnes
“When your spirit dances your body will follow.” - Mia Michaels, Choreographer
When should you see a health care professional?
"Prevention is of absolute importance so we teach students to learn to recognise issues themselves. Our course includes pilates and complimentary activities. Of course, if they do develop a niggle or major injury we recommend seeing a health professional. We try to ensure the student isn’t reliant on health professionals to know what is happening with their own bodies. This reduces the added stress and cost of consistent health professional appointments to prevent injuries. Rest is also essential as is massage to help stave off injuries and ensure their bodies stay supple" Terry Simpson (LRAD ARAD), Principal