Pilates Teacher Training with Dance Specialization

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Building on the dancer's high-level of physical proficiency, keen attention to alignment, and focus on technique this program uses Pilates kinesiological principles to enhance technique and reduce injury risk.

The Foundation and Graduate with Dance Specialization Programs are the result of a unique and exciting collaboration between former dancer, choreographer, and BASI Pilates founder Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger, a former dancer with a masters degree in exercise science. Karen is a Professor in the Department of Dance at California State University, Long Beach.

Taught by Karen Clippinger, the Foundation and Graduate with Dance Specialization Programs are taught as sequential summer intensives held at California State University, Long Beach. A BASI Pilates Certificate with Dance Specialization requires successful completion of both programs.

The Foundation Program with Dance Specialization is 11 days long and includes lecture, exercise demonstrations, practice, review, testing and one-day break for study. It covers the six modules that are taught in the BASI Foundation Programs at other host locations.

This specialized Pilates for dancers program also includes dance-specific principles and repertoire (mat and Pilates apparatus) developed by Karen Clippinger to help improve key areas such as core stability and range, extensions, arabesques and turnout. 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.

The Graduate Program with Dance Specialization is 12 days long and includes lecture, exercise demonstrations, practice, review, testing and one-day break for study. It covers the six modules that are taught in the BASI Graduate Programs 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, they 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 Pilates for dance program also includes dance-specific principles and repertoire (mat and Pilates apparatus) developed by Karen Clippinger to 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.

Foundation Program Graduate Program