Pilates Institute of Queensland Dance Masterclass

dance masterclass
Assessment of Dancers and Dancer Specific Exercise Design with Pilates
This course has been designed for physiotherapists who work with dancers, by Jenny Birckel APA Sports Physiotherapist.
Date: TBC
Cost: $775+GST
Venue: 130 Quay Street, Bulimba QLD 4171
Pre-Entry Requirements: A good working knowledge of Pilates equipment – Reformer, Trap Table & Wunda Chair.

Course Contents

  • What is the ideal aesthetic for ballet and other forms of dance
  • What strength and range to expect from the young dancer as they are growing and developing
  • Exercise prescription for the child dancer, adolescent and pre-professional dancer
  • Foot orthosis to assist dancers with less than perfect feet into their pointe shoes

 Dance Assessments for

  • The young dancer
  • The growing child/adolescent dancer
  • Pre-pointe assessments
  • Pre-professional dancers
  • Injured dancers


Exercise Prescription

to address weakness and flexibility issues and to assist young dancers to reach their optimum performance capability
  • Pilates equipment and home exercise programmes exercises to develop
  • Hip turnout strengthening
  • Back strengthening
  • Foot strengthening
  • Getting flexibility and improving the splits
  • Improving the developpé
Using Small apparatus and other dance specific homework gems.

Our Presenters

 Jenny Birckel B App Sc (Phty)
Titled APA Sports Physiotherapist; Level 4 APMA Member (Australian Pilates Method Association)
Jenny is the director of The Pilates Institute of Queensland that conducts Pilates training courses for physiotherapists and exercise physiologists. She has been working with Pilates for over 25 years. Her entry to Pilates began when she started working with the Queensland Dance School of Excellence in 1990 and was seeking ways to get the students stronger in their core. Jenny has owned and operated studios for over 21 years and continues to work as a “Hands on” physiotherapist.

Jenny has worked with dancers and athletes for over 20 years with one of her practices used to be located in a full time dance school, The Australian Dance Performance Institute. Her clientele also includes junior elite swimmers, ice skaters, tennis players, sailors, rowers, back pain clients and older clientele concerned about their mobility, balance and overall wellness. She has worked in the past with rugby (Australian Women’s Rugby team and Queensland Under 21s men’s team), soccer, netball. Jenny’s sporting interests have included ice skating, dressage riding, scuba diving, soccer, touch football and currently outrigger canoeing.


Rebecca Fechner
B Phty Level 4 APMA Member
After spending many childhood and early adult years training as a dancer, Rebecca developed a keen interest in health and movement studies, hence her choice of a career as a physiotherapist. Whilst studying at the University of Queensland, she was influenced by leading researchers undertaking critical research into the field of core stabilization training and its influence in the prevention of injury and rehabilitation of spinal pain. Considering this influence and her history in dance, Rebecca decided to steer her career in the direction of rehabilitation and performance enhancement through core stability training, that is, Pilates. Rebecca has trained and gained experience in Pilates through numerous institutes throughout the UK and Australia.

She has worked as a physiotherapist and Pilates instructor for many years, helping clients with many different backgrounds from elite athletes to clients with neurological dysfunction.

After completing a Cert IV in workplace training and assessment in 2008, Rebecca joined the team at The Pilates Institute of Queensland. She very much enjoys sharing her passion for Pilates with others as a course educator.


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