Upcoming Workshops:

October 26-27, 2019
AZ Dance Medicine Specialists

10210 N 32nd St. Ste C4    Phoenix, AZ 85028

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The FINAL LEVEL of training from AZ Dance Med to maximize your


Dance Conditioing Class

Course Objectives

  • Identify key muscle groups and actions used in the performance of common dance movements for detailed coaching and technical improvement
  • Learn detailed conditioning exercise patterns to improve performance of specific dance movements
  • Identify specific safety goals and establish return to dance standards to minimize risk for reinjury
  • Identify patterns of movement dysfunction common to dancers and conditioning exercise patterns to encourage proper movement patterns for optimal performance

Dr. Alexis SamsProgram Director

Dr. Alexis Sams, PT has over 10 years experience as a licensed physical therapist specializing in performing arts medicine. She is the owner of AZ Dance Medicine Specialists in Phoenix, AZ and works with dancers, musicians and other performance athletes across the country. Dr. Sams provides therapy services to injured dancers, training for physical therapists in the treatment of dance injuries, and training for dance instructors to improve teaching techniques and prevent dance injuries. She aims to provide enjoyable and informative educational opportunities to all members of the dance community to keep dancers healthy, safe, and performing their best.

What You Will Learn

Get the concepts and solutions to take your analysis skills, assessment skills, and injury management systems to the next level and maximize your dancers’ performance and prevent injuries.

Who Should Attend

Dance Instructors
Dance Studio Owners
Company Directors
Technical Directors
Artistic Directors

Seminar Schedule

Seminar Begins: 8:30 am
Lunch: 1 hour (on your own)
Seminar Ends: 5:00 pm
Breaks: 15 min, 2 per day

Course Certification

Attendees will be provided with individual certificates after attending both days of the program and passing a written exam provided on the second day. A studio will be provided with a certificate and display decal if a studio owner completes all program requirements.

Dance Conditioing Class

Program Outline


Level One Recap

  • Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance
  • Introduction to Movement Analysis
  • Elements of a Functional Dance Conditioning Program
  • Creating an Effective Conditioning Program
  • Learning Styles and Theories for Dance
  • Injury Management and Prevention

Basic Movement Analysis

  • Foundational movements
  • Methods of analysis
    • Supporting v. Working leg
    • Anatomy and Kinesiology
    • Dynamics/Effort

Advanced Movement Analysis

  • Common complex movements
  • Methods of analysis
    • Functional 10

Conditioning Sets

  • Conditioning exercise sets to improve performance of foundational movements
    • Pirouettes
    • Fouettes
    • Petite allegro
    • Grand allegro
    • Adagio
  • Improving functional rotation


Level Two Recap

  • Basic Movement Analysis
  • Advanced Movement Analysis
  • Conditioning Sets

Functional Assessment in Dance:  The “5-6-7-8 Method”

  • 5: assessment movements
  • 6: hidden signs of core weakness
  • 7: methods to interpret findings
  • 8: methods of reassessment and progression

Return to Dance Standards: The “5-6-7-8 Method”

  • 5: Categories of assessment
  • 6: Methods of assessments
  • 7: Methods of monitoring
  • 8: Phases of recovery through performance

Movement Dysfunctions in Dance

  • Breaking down dance “injuries”
  • Common signs and symptoms of dysfunction
  • Common mis-diagnoses
  • Common conditioning sets for reducing dysfunction

Upcoming Workshops:

October 26-27, 2019
AZ Dance Medicine Specialists

10210 N 32nd St. Ste C4   Phoenix, AZ 85028

Register Now