Pre pointe assessment
We assesses alignment, strength and joint mobility, prior to young dancers commencing pointe work.
The objective of the assessment is to protect the foot in its growth phase and prevent injury and problems later in life.
If dancers do not have the requisite alignment, strength or mobility, we devise a home or supervised program to bridge the gap and fully prepare them for pointe work.
This assessment may also very occasionally identify dancers for whom en pointe is not recommended.
Pre University and Tertiary Dance Council Assessment
We assess a student’s readiness to undertake full time dance course or career.
Assessment includes strength, mobility, hip turn out, dance specific joint range, alignment and flexibility for dance requirements.
This service includes tips for dancers on how best to prepare yourself and how to look after your body for a long term dance career.
A formal Tertiary Dance Council Assessment is a pre- requisite for entry into many Australian and overseas dance schools, including WAPA, Qld University, Victorian College and all NZ colleges. Susie Bond, the practice owner and director, was involved in devising this assessment program.
Dancers are always welcome to participate in our Pilates sessions, which are run by highly experienced instructors, many of whom have been or are still professional dancers.
Dance assessment and rehabilitation
Recovery from injury and return to full dance load are the focus of our work with dancers. We are available for physiotherapy treatment for a wide range of physical injuries. We often combine physiotherapy with Pilates to help you return to full physical health as quickly as possible.
Over many years, we have treated dancers across all dance techniques, from ballet, jazz, tap, modern and hip hop to highland dancing, from local dance schools and international touring shows.
Research shows that lower limb injuries are the most common in dancers. Our treatment protocols are based on the latest evidence based practise, including work by Australian Ballet rehab team. Our practice has a special interest in treating the foot and ankle, hip labral injuries, the pelvis, back and sacroiliac joint injury.
Susie Bond, the practice owner, is a long term member of the Dance Network in the Australian Physiotherapy Association, ASPAH and the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. She has been involved in running courses for physiotherapists and dance schools, teaching them how to prevent and manage dance related injuries.
Physiotherapy with a dance physio is now available at MacDonald College, North Strathfield. Contact Susie on 0410611366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for appointments.
SEE the ‘ACTIVATE DANCE PHYSIO’ website for more info and online bookings at McDonald College!