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  • Free Live Workshop for Dance Teachers

    Would you like to create wildly popular ballet classes for preschoolers to fill up your studio?

    This hour to hour and half live workshop is going to inspire you to take action whilst also being educational and insightful. And if you’ve been teaching little ones but haven’t quite managed to hold their attention for the duration of the lesson or you’ve struggled to seamlessly balance the learning of skills and creative free dance. Well guess what? I'm going to show you some great strategies to overcome those challenges allowing you to totally shine and nail this business of baby ballet.

    When you craft classes that speak the children’s language, it pulls their focus and challenges their creativity whilst nurturing their skill acquisition. Leaving you with happy children and proud mums who rave about you.

    In my FREE live workshop webinar I’m sharing a program creation blueprint to help you create and deliver your own bespoke program in less that 8 days.

    Click here to grab your spot.

    You can have the best systems, processes and marketing campaigns but if your class content is ‘average’ or below par you’re not going to achieve your desired goals and outcomes.

    Grab your spot here :)

    Can't wait to see you on the webinar x

  • Free Live Workshop for Preschool Dance Teachers

    Would you like to create wildly popular ballet classes for preschoolers to fill up your studio?

    This hour to hour and half live workshop is going to inspire you to take action whilst also being educational and insightful. And if you’ve been teaching little ones but haven’t quite managed to hold their attention for the duration of the lesson or you’ve struggled to seamlessly balance the learning of skills and creative free dance. Well guess what? I'm going to show you some great strategies to overcome those challenges allowing you to totally shine and nail this business of baby ballet.

    When you craft classes that speak the children’s language, it pulls their focus and challenges their creativity whilst nurturing their skill acquisition. Leaving you with happy children and proud mums who rave about you.

    In my FREE live workshop webinar I’m sharing a program creation blueprint to help you create and deliver your own bespoke program in less that 8 days.

    Click here to grab your spot.

    You can have the best systems, processes and marketing campaigns but if your class content is ‘average’ or below par you’re not going to achieve your desired goals and outcomes.

    Grab your spot here :)

    Can't wait to see you on the webinar x

  • Our latest newsletter - March 2016

    The not so quick art of creating a newsletter

  • Help, Hope, and Somebody to Believe in Them

  • Life's Party

  • Don't Realise the Opportunity to Form Life-Long Bonds

  • Life, Love, and Laughter

  • Over Schedule Children with Lots of Activities

  • At the Height of Laughter

  • Opt Out of the End-of-Year Concert

  • Shining the Spotlight on Lotte

  • Have Chosen the Wrong School

    Mistake #4 - Have Chosen the Wrong School

  • Comparing Your Child to Others

    Mistake #3

    Parents comparing their child to other children in the class

  • Children Dancing to Music

    Children Dancing to Music

     

  • Not Scheduling a Trial Class Before Signing Up

    Mistake #2

    Not booking in for a trial before committing for the term

  • Shining the spotlight on Amy

     

  • Learning from our children

     

     

    What we can learn from our children

  • Perceive creative free dance as void of ‘real learning’

    Mistake #1

    Parents perceive creative free dance as void of ‘real learning’

  • Start on the right foot

     

     

     

    The seven most common mistakes loving Mum's make when enrolling into preschool ballet

    • Do you want to develop and foster your child’s unique skill or delight in dance?
    • Do you want your child to learn ballet in fun and engaging ways?
    • Do you simply want to know if your child is cut out for ballet?
    • Do you find the market really confusing, the number of studios overwhelming and how do you know what will be best for your child?

      In truth, all children can dance. Dance being a wonderfully creative solo and group activity, is also great for brain development and self expression. But, not many parents know which dance school is the best for their child, simply because they do not know what criteria to judge by.

      As a parent and dance professional, I understand the dilemma of parents and have revealed seven of the most common mistakes loving adults make when enrolling their child into pre school ballet. They can mean the difference between a child that grows in confidence and one that is never quite heard or noticed, the child that this isn’t afraid to try new skills and the child that misses out, afraid of making a mistake or the child that develops their imagination to share with others and the child that is unable to communicate authentically.

      Bear these mistakes in mind when choosing a toddler or preschool ballet class and you will be well on the way to having a happy and confident dancing child.

      Click here to download the FREE 7 Mistakes ebook
  • Dancer in the spotlight

    Neisha


    "I’ve seen my daughter flourish 
as a fit, healthy, graceful and confident young girl."

  • We make children happy. Is your child next?

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    Sophie is now confident to express and create

  • Spotlight on ... Dymphna Carew

    Our much loved head teacher - Dymphna Carew - returns from Paris

  • How to foster a life long love of dance, injury free

    Classical ballet just as tough as mainstream contact sports as injury prevention requires training at elite level

  • Why all the injuries in elite ballet students?

    Ballet dancer

    Recent study on why elite teenage ballet students are highly prone to injury and what can we do about it.

    A recent article in the 'Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport' titled Injuries in pre-professional ballet dancers: Incidence, characteristics and consequences suggests that elite, pre professional ballet students age 15 - 19 years are at a higher risk of injury than than other elite athletes of a similar age.

    On average they are each getting 1.49 injuries and have a 76% increase in injury over a one year period.
    The ankle was the most commonly injured body part and overuse injuries (as oppposed to accute) were they main type of injury.

    Causes

    I would say that the cases are many and include but are not limited to the following:

    1. The high level of training, the repetitive nature of the work and hours involved in class, rehearsals and performance.
    2. Ballet in general is becoming a lot more athletic and acrobatic.
    3. The lack of resources (mostly time) to provide a wide variety of alternative, compatible conditioning training.
    4. A pre professional student is prone to ignoring a minor injury or niggle and will often hold off on seeing a physical therapist of some form until the injury is rather serious.
    5. Peer to peer competition and staged competitions where the dancers try to out do each other with the latest trick or flick, to impress upon others to receive awards, scholarships or secure one of the few places available in a company.
    6. The students may be carrying a minor tear or have a bad habit developed prior to entry into the elite dance training facility and the workload and competition has caused a bad injury to develop.

    The injuries identified in the article that took the longest to heal were bony injuries:

    1. Stress Fractures of the foot - due to pointe work and weight bearing work load.
    When a dancer does a lot of jumping (petit allegro and grand allegro) on her hyper-mobile and flexible feet, which are not the best of shock absorbers, this causes the bones and tendons to take the impact of the jump and over time stress fractures will result.

    Solution

    • From a young age strengthen and articulate the muscles of the feet and calf muscles in fun and novels ways.
    • Wait until the dancer has reached puberty before commencing pointe work.

    2. Knee Injuries - due to forcing external rotation from the feet rather the hips.
    When a dancer constantly works to try and increase her turnout by pushing the toes backwards rather than using the external rotators at the top of the leg and hip, the alignment of the knee moves forward whilst the toes push backwards and the arch of the foot collapses forward.
    The alignment of the knee should be directly over the centre of the foot when bending especially on one leg in a fondu. If the dancer is unable to maintain this alignment especially on one leg or landing from a jump this causes medial strain on the knee and over time a tear or debilitating injury.

    Solution

    • Let go of always have to work in turned out positions.
    • From a young age and increasing in frequency as the child gets older work on strengthening the external rotators of the leg in non weight bearing conditioning sessions.
    • From a young age through to 12 years and beyond spend a lot of time working in parallel, especially when landing from jumps in the allegro section of the class.

    At Big Steps Little Feet we work a lot in parallel, from learning to plie as a 2 year old to learning how to land big jumps as 9 or 10 year old. What I believe is the most important is understanding the action, feeling and mechanics of the skill being learnt and how to perform it with artistry. I believe this is best learnt in the parallel alignment with knees over toes when bending. I call this ‘beta mode’ a super safe way to get the skill right before exposing the body, muscles, tendons and ligaments to the more stressful external rotation alignments.

    Kate x

    Source: Injuries in pre-professional ballet dancers: Incidence, characteristics and consequences
    Christina L. Ekegren, Rachele Quested, Anna Brodrick 
    Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport - May 2014 (Vol. 17, Issue 3, Pages 271-275, DOI:10.1016/j.jsams.2013.07.013)

     

  • Inspired ballet fashion

    This winter we have seen the most delighful range of ballet fashion in our classes, lots of muted pinks and yellows mixed with flouro spotted tights. Delightful

  • The gifts of imperfect parenting

    The inspiring Brene Brown has produced a CD that resonates so loud a clear to me. Being an imperfect parent is a gift.  

    How great is that - I'm all ears!

  • Bed linen with ballet motif's did it for me at Pottery Barn Kids

    I couldn't resist popping in to look at the new Pottery Barn Kids in Bondi Junction opposite Westfields

  • At long last, a dream achieved........... but I hated it

    For a very long time I dreamt of making tutu's and elaborate costumes. I have fond memories making doll costumes using my Holly Hobby sewing machine

  • Rainbow of Love

    Today is the last day of summer.

    Reflecting back on the holidays my heart melts like warm sunshine at the recent memories of such a great time with my children.

  • The lunch box that transformed our mornings

    So this is what makes me happy these days - sad but true - I'm sharing the lunch box that changed everything

     

  • Some great parenting resources

    Having just spent my first work free weekend with the kids, I found myself saying If this is what the school holidays are going to be like - please help 

  • Homemade Lemonade

    The best recipe to celebrate summer and a great pocket money earner for the kids lemonade stall

  • Tim Tam Pops

    As promised we are sharing these tasty delights - they are guaranteed to be a hit at your next birthday or school fete.

  • we have pressed refresh

    what a remarkable feat

    The refreshed Big Steps Little Feet brand is complete. A shiny new, clean image and website is here. We have finally achieved a task that is aesthetic and functional.