Qualified Personal Trainer
Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science
Diploma of Nursing
Certificate IV in Disabilities
Studio Pilates: Rehab 1 for Allied Health Practitioners
Studio Pilates: Small Apparatus (ball, band, circle)
Committed to ongoing education (Currently PBT and small ball Pilates)
My mission is to provide young dancers with access to strength and conditioning classes and instruction, as well as educating dancers about how their bodies function during exercise or dance.
I believe that with this information and access to practical sessions, young dancers can set themselves up to dance longer and with decreased risk of injury.
Many young dancers learning from local dance schools do not have access to this type of information or evidence based training like those in the larger, full time dance schools do. My aim is to provide this service to those students.
Like many dancers, I began at the age of 3 1/2 and progressed through the usual RAD exams at local dance schools. I was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School when I reached year 7 and continued on until year 12. After year 12 I began studying the Diploma of Dance at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane but was forced to stop dancing due to injuries. During this time I participated in various competitions and many performances including performances at Rod Laver Arena with the School Spectacular and the MCG. I also performed in and choreographed in a number of local musicals during this time.
Life after Dancing:
Yes - there is life after dancing!
I continued to choreograph and perform in local musicals. More recently performing in Beauty and the Beast, Cats (as Tantomile), Wicked and Les Miserables with NOVA music theatre. Notable roles include The Wardrobe from Beauty and the Beast, Shell Dockley in Bad Girls the musical, Katie in Calamity Jane and Jean in Brigadoon. I also raised my 2 sons (now teenagers) and worked as a nurse for a time until a neck injury forced me to change careers. Working in Administration has allowed my body to heal and study Exercise and Sport Science, bringing me back to my passion - working with dancers.
Why strength and conditioning for dancers?
My interest in the dancers body and how it functions began when I was in year 11 at VCASS, studying anatomy. Later, I extended that interest by becoming a nurse and helping patients to rehabilitate after chronic illness or injury. After performing in CATS, I realised that many dancers had had experiences similar to mine, with poor rehabilitation and lack of understanding about their own body.
I discovered that there was no tertiary dance specific strength and conditioning or rehabilitation course available in Australia, so began studying the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science. Throughout the course I applied my learning to dance contexts in as many assessment pieces as possible and in doing so found many 'Ah -ha' moments. So much of the information I gained through this course would have been so helpful to me as a young dancer. I have now worked with all ages of clients wanting to become stronger, fitter or recover from an injury. I have worked with all ages, dancers and non-dancers and people with physical and cognitive disabilities. I believe this makes me uniquely qualified to help you on your journey.
There are still a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions around strength and conditioning for dancers, but more research is being done in this area. We are finally starting to catch up to the sports world with regards to education, training and knowledge. I love that this provides me with an opportunity to help you with your goals and understanding of your body as a person and a dancer.