For students and professionals to learn the tools needed to train better, dance stronger and perform freer, safer and longer
Freedom of movement
Joint care and body control for the athlete inside the artist.
As a former professional dancer, Kimberly Spencer knows the value of having a program that not only keeps dancers healthy and feeling better, but should also help improve their technique, safely increase ranges and develop strength to help dancers communicate freely with their body.
Now, the injury prevention tool and performance enhancing system used for years by professional sports and collegiate teams, can and should be in the hands of every dance student and professional. This mat-based, systematic and progressive approach needs very little equipment and comes with built-in self assessment tools. Exercises are specific in purpose and intentionally step out of the dancer's set patterns to build towards body mastery.
Taught by mobility specialist, Pilates trainer and former professional dancer, Kimberly Spencer, Kinstretch® with Kim Dance Conditioning is a joint mobility training program using the Functional Range Conditioning System ® (FRC) and tailored to the dancer's specific needs. The varying courses and specific workshops give students and professional dancers the tools, skills, knowledge and techniques to sustain a lifelong dedication to their art and movement. Classes can be structured to specific age groups, but are all based on physiology, movement science and research, strength conditioning and how the health and function of each joint contributes to the success of the dancer as a whole:
Address imbalances from training - spine to feet
Identify joint weaknesses
Safely increase ranges with the control to use new flexibility
Deconstruct joint health for dancers
Optimize joints = optimizing performance
Strengthen body control
Minimize or prep against injuries
Daily self assessments to prepare for the day
Much research* has shown the rigors of dance training, especially among adolescents, often leads to many overuse injuries. Most are associated with joints that lack stability (especially the knees), ranges lacking but are required for skills and technique (such as turnout and footwork), and extreme loads of repetitive movements, without the strength to tolerate all these needs. Even among the most attentive of teachers and dance programs. Joint mobility training addresses all these areas and, taught from the experience of a dancer, can demonstrate how these concepts directly effect dance technique and skills.
Classes and workshops are available online or onsite of studio/facility.