Nicky Ellis on hypermobility

Nicky Ellis – Osteopath and Dance Teacher, Centre for Advanced Training at London Contemporary Dance School

The session aims to create a platform for teachers and health care practitioners to share ideas on how to assist hypermobile students gain better alignment and develop an understanding of how to integrate this into the studio. Rather than focus on exercise prescription the session will explore practical, visual and kinaesthetic ideas that help students of varying ages understand optimal placement statically so that it can be applied dynamically. Areas to be addressed include, foot posture, sway back leg posture, lordotic spines, shoulder/scapula placement and elbow position. All information provided will be underpinned by sound biomechanical principles and current literature on best practice for hypermobile bodies.