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Comprehensive Program with Dance Specialization

BASI Pilates® enables students to combine their Pilates teacher training to specialize in dance

The Comprehensive Apparatus Program with Dance Specialization is the result of a unique and exciting collaboration between former dancer and choreographer Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger, former dancer with a masters degree in exercise science who is a Professor in the Department of Dance at California State University, Long Beach.

The Comprehensive Apparatus Program with Dance Specialization covers the six modules developed by Rael Isacowitz that are taught in the Standard Comprehensive Apparatus Program at other host locations. These modules include intermediate and advanced Pilates repertoire on the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, F2 Arm Chair, Step Barrel and Ladder Barrel. In addition, these modules provide an overview of the structure and common injuries of the lower limbs and shoulder region; program design principles; and key considerations for working with select populations. 

This specialized program also includes dance-specific principles and repertoire (mat and Pilates apparatus) developed by Karen Clippinger to help improve knee hyperextension, ankle-foot strength and proprioception, and upper extremity strength and mechanics. While some of this repertoire is primarily appropriate for dancers and other athletes, many exercises can be used with general populations for fun and variety.

Similar to the Foundation Apparatus Program with Dance Specialization, this Comprehensive Program is taught by Karen Clippinger in a summer intensive format and held at California State University, Long Beach. The Comprehensive Program with Dance Specialization is 12 days long and includes lecture, exercise demonstrations, practice, review, testing and one-day break for study. A BASI Certificate with Dance Specialization requires successful completion of both the Foundation and Comprehensive Apparatus Programs with Dance Specialization.

Due to the intensive format of these programs, prior Pilates and dance experience is highly recommended, as well as basic understanding of anatomy.

To learn more about our programs, download the BASI brochure.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze and understand key intermediate and advanced Pilates exercises, based on anatomical and biomechanical principles.
  • Understand the basic structure and selected common injuries of the lower limbs and shoulder region.
  • Utilize the Block System® to design and teach an individual or a group exercise session.
  • Understand basic principles of training.
  • Demonstrate with adequate proficiency and effectively teach a wide range of intermediate and advanced-level classic Pilates exercises, original BASI exercises and dance-specific exercises on the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac and Wunda Chair. 
  • Understand common exercise recommendations for working with select special populations.
  • Describe unique dance-specific knee, ankle-foot, and shoulder strength and flexibility demands.
  • Provide sample progression to assist with the transfer from isolation strength exercises to functional dance movements such as releves, jumps, partnering and body support with arms.
  • Identify common errors, utilize technique cues and provide select exercises to aid the dancer with optimizing use of the arms.
  • Integrate selected dance-specific repertoire with classical repertoire to design a balanced exercise program.
  • Teach a dance mat class with elastic bands.

*Program is offered once a year in Long Beach, CA, USA.

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Day 1 - Muscle Balance and Imbalance

Primary concepts covered include the meaning of balance, and the potential implications of imbalances in strength and flexibility. Also addressed are functional exercises, movement patterns, neuromuscular re-education, and muscle testing. Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate and advanced Reformer, Wunda Chair, and Cadillac; as well as dance-specific exercises for the knee flexors and extensors. The BASI Foundation Final Written Exam is taken.

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Day 2 - The Lower Limbs

Primary concepts covered include structure, function, and common injuries of the hip joint, knee joint and ankle-foot complex. The gait cycle is discussed and analyzed. Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate/advanced Reformer, Wunda Chair, and Cadillac; as well as key dance-specific ankle-foot exercises. Dance mat exercises are reviewed with special attention to technique.

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Day 3 - The Shoulder

Primary concepts covered include the structure of the shoulder joint, muscles of the shoulder region, and the importance of correct shoulder mechanics. Also discussed are principles of shoulder rehabilitation and the importance of working within your scope of practice. Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate/advancd Reformer, Cadillac, and Wunda Chair; as well as introduction of the Ladder Barrel and Step Barrel. Dance-specific exercises for the shoulder flexors and extensors are taught, and a review of dance mat exercises is continued. 

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Day 4 - Program Design Principles

Primary concepts covered are the principles of training, such as overload, specificity, and reversibility. Components of physical fitness are also addressed. Other topics discussed are dividing the repertoire into levels and working with a broad range of clientele. Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate/advanced Reformer, Wunda Chair, and Cadillac; as well as dance-specific shoulder abductor and adductor exercises. A practice-teaching session for the dance mat exercises is provided.

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Day 5- Rest and Study Day (No Class)

This day is designated for students to rest and study the material from the previous days on their own.

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Day 6 - Dance Mat and Review

Repertoire taught and practiced includes dance-specific exercises for the rotator cuff and scapular muscles. Classical apparatus exercises from Day 1-4 and advanced mat exercises are reviewed. The Dance Mat Practical Exam will be taken.

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Day 7 - Group Review

Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate and advanced level work on the F2 Arm Chair, Step Barrel and Ladder Barrel at BASI Headquarters in Costa Mesa, CA.  A group review of repertoire on the Reformer from the Foundation and Comprehensive Apparatus Programs is also provided.

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Day 8 - Select Populations Part 1 and Review

Primary concepts covered are habitual movement patterns, cross training, imbalances, and setting goals. Selected athletic populations are addressed. Discussion is focused on teaching methodologies. Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate/advanced repertoire on the Step Barrel. Other Mat, Apparatus and dance-specific repertoire are reviewed and practiced with special attention to technique and cueing. The Dance Comprehensive Practical Exam is taken.

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Day 9 - Select Populations Part 2 and Review

Primary concepts covered are populations with restrictions, with an emphasis on pregnancy. Discussion is focused on using different teaching approaches in relation to gender, body type, and objectives. Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate/advanced repertoire on the Ladder Barrel, as well as advanced repertoire on the Reformer and Wunda Chair. A general review of the repertoire is continued. 

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Day 10 - Review and Testing

A general review of the repertoire is continued and a practice session for apparatus teaching is provided. The BASI Comprehensive Final Practical Exam is taken.  

 

 

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Day 11- Practice Teaching and Study

A practice session for private apparatus teaching is provided that includes getting teaching feedback.

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Day 12 - Testing

The BASI Comprehensive Final Written Exam and the Teaching Evaluation are taken. 

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