How to Treat Achilles Tendon Injuries in a dancer

Problems in the Achilles tendon are common in dancers and it is a generally poorly understood injury in many dance circles. Lisa Howell in this article summarises the key steps to a successful rehabilitation programme, focusing on an eccentric loading principle. Predisposing factors to Achilles tendonopathy and advice about returning back to dancing are also mentioned. It is important to note that information given in this article is generalised in nature and must not be used to diagnose or tre

Improving the height of demi-pointe in a dancer.

An essential component of Classical Ballet is having ample strength in the feet to get into a high demi-pointe (or ľ pointe) position. Gaining this position is essential for correct technique and balance. Some dancers have excellent pointe range on testing, yet struggle to achieve this height when rising. Lisa Howell offers some exercises and tips to improve range and height of the demi-pointe position.