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CTTC with Dance Specialization

A specialized course for dancers and dance students using kinesiological principles to enhance technique and reduce injury risk

The CTTC with Dance Specialization is 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.

This specialized course for dancers and dance students uses kinesiological principles to enhance technique and reduce injury risk. It builds on the dancer's high level of physical proficiency, keen attention to alignment and focus on technique.

This course covers the twelve modules taught in the CTTC developed by Rael Isacowitz. These modules include extensive traditional Pilates repertoire utilizing the mat, reformer, cadillac, wunda chair and barrel; emphasizing effective cueing, their kinesiological basis, and modifications for different skill levels and populations. It also includes dance-specific principles and repertoire (mat and Pilates apparatus) developed by Karen Clippinger to help improve key areas such as extensions, arabesques, turnout, and ankle-foot control. While some of this repertoire is primarily appropriate for dancers, figure skaters, and gymnasts; other exercises can be used with general populations for fun and variety. Prior dance experience is not required. However, due to the intensive format of this course some prior Pilates experience is highly recommended, and a basic understanding of anatomy is very helpful.

The course is taught by Karen Clippinger and is structured as an intensive, two-week segment program (a 10-day segment and a 11-day segment) taught at California State University, Long Beach. This format is offered to facilitate attendance by students and teachers that are available in the summer, as well as participants from outside California and the U.S. This course is comprised of 16 days of instruction, with additional days included for practice and testing.  It is an 18-module course, comprising the entire Comprehensive Teacher Training Course, plus 6 additional modules of academic and practical education with a dance focus.

Only one course is held every year. Check the Calendar for the next course.

Upon completion of the course, you will be qualified to:

  • Understand and be able to apply the basic priciples of Pilates in exercise demonstration and teaching.
  • Be able to recognize common postural deviations and provide cues for improvement of functional components of these conditions.
  • Be able to analyze and understand key Pilates exercises, based on anatomical and biomechanical principles.
  • Be able to provide modifications for key Pilates exercises needed for common individual limitations and goals.
  • Be able to utilize the BASI Block System to design and teach an individual or a group exercise session.
  • Be able to demonstrate with adequate proficiency, and effectively teach a wide range of classic Pilates exercises, original BASI exercises, and dance-specific exercises on the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel, and Wunda Chair
  • Understand common exercise recommendations for working with select special populations.
  • Be able to describe unique dance-specific core and lower body strength and flexibilty demands.
  • Be able to procide sample progressions to assist with the transfer from isolation strength exercises to fuctional dance movements.
  • Be able to identify common errors and utilize technique cues to aid with enhancing movement proficiency in key dance vocabulary including plies, extensions, arabesques, jumps and port de bras.
  • Be able to integrate selected dance-specific repertoire with classical repertoire to design a balanced exercise program.


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Course Description

Academic Study
18 modules, 16 days of instruction that include lectures, practicals and sample mat classes, presentation of papers and case histories.

Personal Study
Limited review and practice time is integrated into the program, but extensive outside study of course principles and Pilates repertoire is required outside of class time for successful completion of the program. BASI Headquarters allows BASI at CSULB participants to practice alone or in groups during “open studio time” for no charge. Sessions and Mat Work classes are also highly recommended and are offered at student rates at many BASI studios. 


Practical Work
Including sessions on all the apparatus and Mat Work. Sessions and Mat Work classes are highly recommended and are offered at student rates at most Host locations and affiliated studios. In addition most Host locations offer “open studio time,” during which students can practice on their own or in groups).


Up to 100 hours at the Host location, at a BASI studio or with a BASI instructor. (This is the recommended number of hours; they may be adjusted based upon the past experience of the student.)

Apprentice Teaching
Up to 200 hours at the Host location, at a BASI studio, or with a BASI instructor. (This is the recommended number of hours; they may be adjusted based upon the past experience of the student.)

Course Prerequisites

Familiarity with the teachings of Joseph Pilates

It is highly recommended that each student be familiar with the theoretical basis of Pilates and have some experience in both Mat Work and on the apparatus, before embarking on this course of study.

Experience in a related form of physical activity

Prior experience in an athletic activity develops body awareness and other attributes that are extremely beneficial to the study of Pilates.

Study in basic anatomy and physiology

Prior completion of a course that includes anatomy such as Anatomy for the Dancer, Dance Kinesiology, Anatomy of Movement, or Human Anatomy is recommended. It is recommended that this be a college-level course. Specialization in a related area of study, such as a physical therapy or massage therapy, is normally acceptable and will be judged on its merits.

Teaching experience is recommended

Teaching is both a natural talent and a learned skill. Any past teaching experience, even in an unrelated field, will contribute to your becoming a skilled teacher of the Pilates method.

Dance experience

Prior dance training is highly recommended, but not required in all cases.

Tuition and Fees


The cost of the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training Course with Dance Specialization is $3,795. Pricing includes registration and materials


Full Payment: $3,795

A $500 deposit is required to hold your place in this program. The remaining $3295 is due as a single payment by 15 days prior to the start date of the course.




What you get

At the beginning of the course, CTTC students receive the current BASI Study Guide and five movement analysis workbooks, covering Mat, Reformer, Auxiliary, Cadillac and Wunda Chair and a Pilates Dance Specialization manual.

Pricing and Cancellation

Payments can be made by check, cash, money order, wires or credit card. Please make checks and money orders out to BASI Pilates. Deposits and course fees received by BASI Pilates will not be refunded after the completion of Module 2 of the course.

Specifically, fees will not be refunded in the following circumstances:

  • A student misses one or more modules (BASI Pilates will assist the student in attending the module at a later date and in a different location.)
  • A student chooses to leave the course of her/his own volition.
  • A student fails to attend the course, following BASI Pilates notification of acceptance and confirmation by the student.
  • A student fails to attend the course without reasonable prior notification


  • In the event that BASI Pilates decides to make a refund, administration fees (includting a $500 non-refundable deposit) will apply.
  • Failure to make a payment under the payment plan may result in the student being unable to attend one or more modules.  Payment will still be due in full.
  • In the unlikely event that BASI Pilates course management asks a student to leave a course, a consultation process will be initiated. Fees paid up to that point in the course will not be refunded.
  • All fee payments are receipted and are exclusive of sales tax. Please let the BASI Pilates office know in advance if a pro-forma invoice is required.
  • Fees for any future courses may be subject to amendment.
  • BASI Pilates reserves the right to cancel any course. If a course is cancelled and a replacement is not offered, students will be refunded fees paid

What you must bring

Proof of payment, comfortable and studio-appropriate attire, a note pad and pen and, above all, a positive attitude. Please note that water is the only beverage allowed in the dance center studios or rooms. The host studio typically provides water, though students may also bring their own.


Your BASI Pilates certificate will be issued and forwarded to the address that we have on file when all BASI requirements have been met. These include satisfactory attendance of all modules, passing scores on all required exams, submission and acceptance of your research paper and completion of all observation, practical and teacher training hours.

If you change address after the course but before you receive your certificate, please be sure to update your address with BASI.

Recording of classes

Audio and video recording is not allowed.

Pre-existing physical conditions

Please advise the BASI instructor or Host at the location where you are studying if you have any pre existing conditions that inhibit normal movement abilities, or if you are, or become pregnant during the course.