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A comprehensive certification program for HEALTH PROFESSIONALS to keep your dancers safe and healthy!

Dance Conditioing Class

Course Objectives

  • Identify key muscle groups and actions used in dance for fast and effective diagnosis of movement dysfunction
  • Determine and create appropriate activities for more functionally based dance conditioning and identify indicators to progress activities based on dancer performance
  • Identify common movement dysfunctions in dance and differentiate them from non-dance injuries for faster intervention and outcomes
  • Enhance skills in functional assessment of dance performance to determine readiness for skill advancement or return to dance following injury

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 assessment and treatment skills to the next level and maximize your dancers’ performance.

Who Should Attend

Physical Therapists
Physical Therapist Assistants
Personal Trainers
Pilates Instructors
Neurokinetic Therapy Practitioners

Seminar Schedule

Seminar Begins: 8:00 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. 

Dance Conditioing Class

Program Outline


Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology for Dance

  • Key muscle groups and actions used in dance
  • Key primary and secondary actions of muscles in dance
  • Explaining functional rotation to a dancer
  • Physics for dancers
  • Neuromotor control for dancers

Foundational Movements in Dance

  • Foundational ballet movements
  • Foundational modern movements
  • Foundational jazz movements
  • Foundational tap movements
  • Foundational hip-hop movements

Functional Dance Assessment

  • Single leg stance
  • Functional stability tests
  • Rotational stability
  • Style based assessments

Hidden Signs of Core Weakness

  • Upper body
  • Trunk/spine
  • Lower body


Common Dance Dysfunctions

  • The “injured” dancer
  • Dancers and medical evaluations
  • Common upper body dysfunctions
  • Common trunk/spine dysfunctions
  • Common lower body dysfunctions

Functional Dance Conditioning

  • Plank series
  • Stabilization with bands
  • Rotational stabilization with bands
  • Functional mobility series
  • Functional balance 

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

Bonus: Workshop Planning and Community Outreach

  • Popular topics
  • Cold calling
  • Inquiries to bookings
  • Follow up and assessment
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