28 October 2020 10am–1pm GMT

Promoting Evidence-Based Teaching Practices in the Traditional Ballet Teaching Environments (Interactive Webinar)

Ballet is an early-specialisation discipline predominantly based on tradition. Young dancers who enter vocational dance education at 11+ years of age can often participate in up to 19 hours of structured activities/training. From the ages of 16-19, this can increase to 27-37 hours. Movement proficiency, shaped by a limited movement vocabulary, is commonly the priority of the training, whereas physical preparedness is neglected. Injury prevalence in pre-professional dancers can reach 75%. Most of the injuries are overuse and in the lower limb.

This interactive webinar focuses on observations, data and case studies from a vocational ballet school, which formed the basis of a three year PhD journey. In the interactive webinar, participants will be presented with ideas on how applied research can inform dance teaching practices, particularly related to the development of adolescent dancers. In addition, Nico will discuss some of the limitations and flaws of his research, but also the fulfilling successes. Throughout the interactive webinar, participants will be invited to bring to the discussions their own experiences and challenges when teaching adolescent dance students.


The aims of this interactive webinar are to:

  • discuss the process of research investigations through practical examples
  • discuss how practice-based evidence and evidence-based practice can coexist
  • explore the concept of learning, remembering and un-learning

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the interactive webinar, participants will:

  • have an increased understanding of the current state of knowledge in injuries for adolescent dancers and dancers
  • have better understanding of how the organism (mind and body) needs to learn how to be stronger and fitter
  • have gained better understanding on the importance of fitness in dance
  • be able to incorporate the teaching of basic conditioning exercises in their dance teaching


Dr Nico Kolokythas ASCC

Nico is an accredited coach from the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and has over 15 years of experience in the athletic development of the adolescent in elite performance in a variety of sports (Judo, Netball, Basketball, Football, Taekwondo, Tennis). He is also currently the strength and conditioning coach for professional martial artists in Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts. Based at Elmhurst Ballet School, U.K. he completed a PhD in injuries and the adolescent ballet dancer and also works as a consultant for Birmingham Royal Ballet. As part of his studies, he led randomised controlled trials in injury prevention in dance and has now developed an injury prevention intervention called “11+Dance”. Nico also specialises in the rehabilitation of overuse injuries in adolescents who are training in different sports at pre-professional level. Since 2014, Nico has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, in Science in Coaching, Motor Learning & Control and in the MSc in Dance Science.


You will require the following resources:

  • A computer with internet connection
  • Speakers

CPD Hours

3 hours Time-Valued CPD


Members of the Royal Academy of Dance receive discounts on all CPD activities.

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Key Information

Time Fee
10am–1pm GMT Member Fee: £30
Non-Member Fee: £36

Who can attend?

Dance teachers, trainee dance teachers