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Resource Package - Pre-Pointe Program for Ballet Dancers

Resource Package - Pre-Pointe Program for Ballet Dancers

Resource Package - Pre-Pointe Program for Ballet Dancers

This course includes



Did you know that up to 91% of dancer injuries will be to the lower extremities (that’s your hips, legs, ankles and feet). The use of Pointe shoes may be part of the high percentage of lower extremity injuries. 

Research has shown that dancers with improved motor control in combination with static musculoskeletal measurements (like appropriate ankle range of motion) have improved success rates and decreased injury risks when starting Pointe work. Muscular strength, ankle joint range of motion, single leg standing balance, dynamic alignment, and turning skills must all be part of pre-Pointe work to achieve these goals. 

This resource package includes access to professional quality video exercises geared towards ballet dancers who are preparing for or currently participating in Pointe work. These exercises are also recommended for dancers who are recovering from foot & ankle injuries. Every exercise includes verbal cues to help improve proprioception and body awareness for your patients.


What's Included:

  • 32 patient exercises
  • Review of "the pencil test" (objective testing)
  • Lifetime access to the exercises
  • BONUS! An easy access link to a 60+ minute webinar recording that Dinah Hampson & Geneviève Renaud delivered on May 7 2020 called 'Introduction to Assessing & Treating Dancers and Artistic Athletes'.  *Please note - The same webinar link is provided in each Pivot Dancer resource package and this webinar is available for FREE in Embodia.

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The instructors
Geneviève Renaud

CO-FOUNDER Pivot Dancer
Registered Bilingual Physiotherapist

Dip. Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy, Dip. Sport Physiotherapy Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT) Certification Jr to Advanced levels.

Geneviève, a native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, is a registered physiotherapist with 12+ years of experience in sport rehabilitation. She holds both a post-graduate Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy and in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Geneviève is a member of the Healthy Dancer Canada Network and of the International Association of Dance Medicine Science. She danced competitively for 20+ years, training in tap, jazz, ballet and contemporary dance and successfully passed the BATD Jazz associate exam with Highly Commended. Geneviève is the creator of the Strong Dancer program and has been asked to teach injury prevention workshops at multiple dance conferences. She currently treats athletes and dancers in a private clinic in Ottawa, Ontario and is a contractor with CSIO.

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Course Material included in this course
  • Resource Package: Pre-Pointe program for Ballet Dancers
  • Welcome to Pre-Pointe program for Ballet Dancers!
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • Toe Curls
  • Airplane with Single Leg Squat
  • Pirouette Preparation to Single Leg to Relevé
  • Calf Raise with Band Perturbation
  • Relevé-plié in Second Position (knee pop)
  • Hip Abduction into a Ball with Single Leg Hip Hinge
  • Super clam shell
  • Grand Plié in Second Position
  • Calf Raise with Crossed Miniband
  • Single Leg Relevé in Parallel
  • Calf Raise with a Ball
  • Piano Toes
  • Toe Pencil Pick Up
  • Toe Dissociation
  • Toe Splaying
  • Plantarflexion to Demi-pointe and Pointe into Band
  • Ankle Eversion against Band
  • Foot Doming with a Quarter
  • Big Toe Flexion into Band
  • 2nd to 5th Toe Flexion into Band
  • Half Kneeling Dorsiflexion with Tibial Rotations
  • Standing Foot Doming against Mini-band
  • Lunge Position Great Toe Extension Work
  • Ankle Dorsiflexion Self-mobilization with Belt
  • Calf Muscles Self Release with Ball
  • Arch of Foot Release with Ball
  • Ankle Inversion Against Band
  • Soleus Stretch
  • Gastroc Stretch
  • Sit-on-heels Plantarflexion Stretch
  • Sit-on-heels Toe Extension Stretch
  • Tibial Anterior Crossover Stretch
  • Pencil Test
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