Assessment 5. Shoulder flexion.

Strong mobile shoulders = improved posture! The importance of shoulder and upper back mobility cannot be underestimated. A lot in our lifestyle can mean we are often sat with forward rounded shoulders, hunched backs and what I like to call “text neck”. From using our devices more to school work and driving – it all can affect our posture. Let’s assess this simple movement and improve our posture overtime.

Assessment 3. 90/90 hip mobility.

Holding tightness and tension in the hips is a common complaint for dancers.. It’s easy to understand why with all of our movement coming from this area. Any tightness around the hips and we restrict our range of motion – from sharp cuts to clicks and turnout & crossing. Hip mobility is something that needs consistent work and attention for the dancing athlete. For now let’s assess how we look and feel executing the 90/90 hip mobility drill.

Assessment 2. Ankle dorsi flexion.

Ankle mobility is vital during everyday movements – walking, going up & down stairs. But for dancers it’s essential to lower the risk of injury, for better movement in your ankles for footwork patterns and optimal stability – more stability = improved power! Let’s assess where we are at today.

Assessment 1- The Squat.

Assessing and bringing awareness to the functional movement ‘squat’. Grab your camera, your check list and pen. As well as looking at how you move, notice how you feel doing it.  This movement works every muscle in the lower body and will often show up in your strength and conditioning programs. It can tell us a lot about our mobility, stability & coordination.