The Normal Foot - First up we focus on understanding how a normal foot works. As Leonardo da Vinci said “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” When working properly, it allows us to run, jump and dance in the most extraordinary ways. The many bones, joints, ligaments, fascia and muscles of the foot are organised in a way that allows shock absorption, dynamic propulsion and balance in all kinds of positions.
Functional Anatomy - We dive into the functional anatomy of the foot as it pertains to the dancer. This includes learning about the bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles and fascial lines that lead into the foot. We explore the various anatomical variations that you may see in a regular class of dancers, and how to tailor the class and their conditioning exercises for optimal performance.
Assessing the Dancer - The assessment is focused on identifying any alterations from normal function that may be contributing to a dancer's foot or ankle injury. Being able to identify these as early as possible can help avoid the development or progression of many injuries, as well as allowing the efficient design of an effective rehab program. This is a critical part of the process, so we will review and refine the assessment process over the course, ensuring you leave feeling confident in assessing your dancers feet by the completion of the course.