Announcing The Science of Dance Training Podcasts!

We’re almost at the end of the year and Lisa Howell and I have been planning
some very special joint projects for next year. We are both passionate and
committed to educating dancers and teachers on how to get the most out of
your dancing. We’ve created a blog at

We decided that we wanted to end this year on a very special note and are
going to be doing a free podcast that will be available online. We hope to
record the podcast before Christmas – and we need your help. We want you to
email possible questions that we can discuss in the podcast.

To celebrate our collaboration and to make it more fun – the six people who
get chosen to have their question answered in the podcast will get to

one of Lisa Howell’s dance education manuals, which include…

  • The Perfect Pointe Book and AV Course
  • The Front Splits Fast Flexibility Manual
  • The Advanced Foot Control Course
  • Core Stability for Dancers Manual

And you’ll be able to pick one of my products from The Body Series…

  • Tune Up Your Turnout book
  • Train Your Brain: A Teen’s Guide to Well Being Analyzing Arabesque DVD
  • Analyzing Turnout DVD The Standing Leg DVD
  • Ballwork: Releasing Muscular Tension DVD.

If you are interested in being one of our 6 winners this is what you’ll need
to do.

Go to and submit your question.

You can also submit your question by sending an email to

Send in more than one question, if you like, to increase your chances of
winning. Lisa and I hope to do a monthly free podcast as a way of saying –
thank you for being a part of our dance community.

Send your questions in quickly – we’ll be choosing the winning questions
this weekend – watch for another announcement saying the podcast is ready
for your listening pleasure!


“Education is the key to injury prevention”

Pointe preparation

I am 15 years old and I have read all of your newsletters dealing with the feet and ankles and they have helped so much. Although, I’m starting to have some new problems with my feet. I have noticed after performances and warm-ups my ankles and a muscle between my calf and the heel of my foot becomes very sore the next day. I do not know if it has to do with wrong use of extrinsic muscles or using too much pressure on my feet. I am about to start pointe soon and want to correct this problem before i dangerously injure my ankles even more. Please help me recover and prevent this issue.

Thank you, Sara

It sounds like you are talking about the Achilles tendon, Sara. The fact that you are feeling fatigue the next day is giving you information that either that muscle is too weak – or – too tight for what you are asking it to do. There are 2 muscles that make up the Achille’s tendon. They are the gastrocnemius muscle and the soleus muscle.

Gastroc-soleus copy

From the information you have given me it is challenging to know what exactly is going on with your calf muscles. Do you tire after jumping on one leg? How deep is your demi plié? Are you in a growth spurt? All of these things will influence your feet and calves.

What I would strongly suggest is that you ask your parents for Lisa Howell’s Perfect Pointe Book. Click here to read about it ….

Lisa is an incredible dance physiotherapist from Sydney, Australia who put together an course for dancers preparing to go onto pointe. This book will guide you through a series of exercises that are essential to master if you want to go on pointe. She has done such a good job with this book (you can easily download it from the internet) that I don’t need to create any products for pointe preparation – because Lisa has done such a good job with this one! Lisa definitely understands the science of dance training and I highly recommend this book.