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Dance Specialization - Foundation
Long Beach, CA

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

The Foundation Program with Dance Specialization is structured in a summer intensive format. Taught by Karen Clippinger, it is held at California State University, Long Beach, This program is 11 consecutive days featuring lecture, exercise demonstrations, practice, review, testing and a one-day break for study.

This specialized program covers the six modules developed by Rael Isacowitz that are taught in the Foundation Program at other host locations. These modules include Pilates Mat Work, as well as fundamental and intermediate Pilates repertoire on the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair. It emphasises the kinesiological basis of the exercises and effective cueing. In addition, these modules provide an overview of the skeletal system and muscular system, an introduction to the BASI Block System®, the basic principles of alignment and core stability, and examples of exercise adapations.

The dance-specific principles and repertoire (mat and Pilates apparatus) learned in this program will improve key areas dance technique such as core stability and range, extensions, arabesques and turnout.

The Graduate Program with Dance Specialization follows the Foundation Program, after a short break that is provided for study, observation and practice.

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

Please review our Refund Policy before registering for a program (may not apply to Licensee territories).

Program schedule is subject to postponement or cancellation, based on student enrollment.

*All fees are in U.S. Dollars.

Program Schedule

  • Day 1 The Fundamentals Jul 06, 2019 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 1 - 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 Anatomy Overview – Part 1 Jul 07, 2019 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 2 - 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 Anatomy Overview (continued) Jul 08, 2019 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 3 - 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 Anatomy Overview – Part 2 Jul 09, 2019 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 4 - 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 Review/Practice Jul 10, 2019 10am - 2pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 5 - Review/Practice

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

  • Day 6 Posture Assessment Jul 11, 2019 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 6 - 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 Rest and Study Day (No Class) Jul 12, 2019 12am - 12am
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 7- 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.

  • Day 8 Core Strength – Back and Abdominals Jul 13, 2019 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 8 - 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 9 Exercise Adaptation Jul 14, 2019 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 9 - 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 10 Review and Testing Jul 15, 2019 9am - 6pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 10 - Review and Testing

    The Dance Foundation Final Practical Exam is taken. 

  • Day 11 Review and Testing Jul 16, 2019 9am - 1pm
    Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E. Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E.

    Day 11 - Review and Testing

    Mat exercises are reviewed. The BASI Foundation Final Practical Exam is taken.

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  • Anthony
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

    Karen Clippinger was exceptional!

    Obviously, I believe this course was a rich, exceptional, and worthwhile learning experience, and I am thrilled to have had this opportunity. My college students are already benefitting from my participation in this course, and I would highly recommend it to others.

    One minor thing I would recommend would be to have a brief review at the beginning of the course on the relevant handouts in the course, their significance, and tips on how they might be used efficiently in the learning process. For example, it took me a while to find the summary listing of Dance Specialization exercises and to figure out that I could use these as a concise reference in learning the exercises.

    Also, I believe it would be helpful to include information such as 'springs' settings, page numbers for exercises, etc, on every page/handout an exercise is listed. Each handout seemed to have slightly different and incomplete information for each exercise, and I had to refer to more than one sheet to get a complete picture of the exercise. Considering the rapid pace with which material was presented, having exercise material consolidated across handouts would have allowed me to be more efficient in my learning of the material.

    One last suggestion would be to have participant introductions and brief bios earlier in the course to help us make connections with one another sooner.

    But - this was indeed a fabulous course!
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