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Comprehensive Global Format with Dance Specialization
Comprehensive Global Format 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.

 

Program Schedule

  • Day 1 Jul 06, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    The Fundamentals

    Primary concepts covered include the 10 movement principles of the Pilates method, an overview of the pelvic region and Pilates breathing. A historical overview of Pilates is presented, plus the BASI® approach, and the importance of safety when teaching Pilates are discussed. An introduction to special considerations when working with dancers is provided. Repertoire taught and practiced includes fundamental Reformer exercises and dance-specific abdominal exercises. A one-hour mat class for dancers is taught.

  • Day 2 Jul 07, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Anatomy Overview – Part 1

    An anatomy overview is presented that includes: anatomical terminology for movement, types of joints, and the center of gravity. The importance and practice of cueing is discussed. Repertoire taught and practiced includes fundamental Reformer, fundamental Mat, Pole, Ped-a-pul, and dance-specific back extensor exercises. 

  • Day 3 Jul 08, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Anatomy Overview (continued)

    Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate Mat and dance-specific hip extensor exercises. Day 1 and Day 2 repertoire is reviewed with special attention to technique corrections. 

  • Day 4 Jul 09, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Anatomy Overview – Part 2

    An anatomy overview is continued that includes: bones, bony landmarks, muscles, muscle actions, and types of muscle contraction. The BASI format of teaching is discussed and the Block System, created by Rael Isacowitz, is introduced. Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate Mat and Reformer, Leg Weights, and dance-specific hip flexor exercises. A one–hour mat class for dancers is taught. 

  • Day 5 Jul 10, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Review

    Repertoire taught on Days 1-4 is reviewed and practiced with special attention to technique and cueing. 

  • Day 6 Jul 11, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Posture Assessment

    Primary concepts covered are the principles of alignment and posture assessment. Use of the roll down as a tool for assessment is discussed. Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate Mat, intermediate Reformer, fundamental Cadillac, and dance-specific hip abductor and hip adductor exercises. The Anatomy Quiz is taken.

  • Day 7 Jul 12, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Core Strength – Back and Abdominals

    Primary concepts covered are core strength and the relationship of the various muscle groups that make up the core with particular focus on the abdominals and the back extensors. Contraindications, effective exercises, and the importance of understanding your client’s needs and body type are discussed. Also addressed are guidelines for successful teaching, including the importance of flow in a session. Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate Reformer and dance-specific hip rotator exercises. A one–hour mat class for dancers is taught.

  • Day 8 Jul 13, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Exercise Adaptation

    A key concept covered is exercise adaptation through the use of assists and modifications. Discussion is focused on how to construct a complete and comprehensive program. Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate through advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, fundamental Wunda Chair, and Magic Circle. Dance-specific exercises are reviewed.

  • Day 9 Jul 14, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Review and Testing

    Repertoire taught and practiced includes advanced Mat exercises. The Dance Apparatus Midterm Practical is taken. BASI apparatus exercises are reviewed with special attention to technique and cueing.

  • Day 10 Jul 15, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Review and Testing

    Mat exercises are reviewed. The BASI Practical Midterm is taken. 

  • Day 11 Aug 01, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    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 written Midterm is taken. 

  • Day 12 Aug 02, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 12: 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 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.

  • Day 13 Aug 03, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 13: 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 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. 

  • Day 14 Aug 04, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 14: The Shoulder (continued)

    Repertoire taught and practiced includes advanced Mat, 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.

  • Day 15 Aug 05, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 15: Review

    Repertoire taught on Days 11-14 is reviewed and practiced with special attention to technique and cueing. 

  • Day 16 Aug 06, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 16: 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 and advanced–level work on both the Ladder Barrel and Step Barrel; as well as dance-specific exercises for the rotator cuff and scapular muscles. 

  • Day 17 Aug 07, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 17: Special 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. Mat, Apparatus and dance-specific repertoire are reviewed and practiced with special attention to technique and cueing. 

  • Day 18 Aug 08, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 18: Special 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. A general review of the repertoire is continued. The Dance Apparatus Practical Final Exam is taken.  

  • Day 19 Aug 09, 2013 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

     Review and Testing

    A general review of the repertoire is continued. The BASI Practical Final Exam is taken.

    A practice session for apparatus teaching is provided.  

     

    Day 20: Practice Teaching and Study

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

     

    Day 21: Testing

    The teaching Certificate Evaluation and BASI written Final Exam are taken. 

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