The Foundation and Comprehensive Apparatus Programs with Dance Specialization are the result of a unique and exciting collaboration between former dancer and choreographer Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger, former dancer with a masters degree in exercise science who is a Professor in the Department of Dance at California State University, Long Beach.
This specialized program for dancers and dance students uses kinesiological principles to enhance technique and reduce injury risk. It builds on the dancer's high level of physical proficiency, keen attention to alignment and focus on technique.
The Foundation Apparatus Program with Dance Specialization covers the six modules developed by Rael Isacowitz that are taught in the Standard Foundation Apparatus Program at other host locations. These modules include Pilates Mat Work, as well as fundamental and intermediate Pilates repertoire on the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, emphasizing their kinesiological basis and effective cueing. In addition, these modules provide an overview of the skeletal system and muscular system; an introduction to the BASI Block System®; basic principles of alignment and core stability; and examples of exercises adapations.
This specialized program also includes dance-specific principles and repertoire (mat and Pilates apparatus) developed by Karen Clippinger to help improve key areas such as core stability and range, extensions, arabesques and turnout. While some of this repertoire is primarily appropriate for dancers, figure skaters, and gymnasts; other exercises can be used with general populations for fun and variety.
Taught by Karen Clippinger, this program is structured in a summer intensive format and held at California State University, Long Beach, to aid attendance by students, educators and out-of-town participants. The Foundation Program is 11 days long and includes lecture, exercise demonstrations, practice, review, testing and one-day break for study. The Comprehensive Apparatus Program with Dance Specialization follows the Foundation Program, after a short break that is provided for study, observation and practice. A BASI Certificate with Dance Specialization requires successful completion of both the Foundation and Comprehensive Apparatus Programs with Dance Specialization.
Due to the intensive format of these programs, prior Pilates and dance experience is highly recommended, as well as basic understanding of anatomy.
To learn more about our programs, download the BASI brochure.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:
*Program is offered once a year in Long Beach, CA, USA.
Day 1 - The Fundamentals
Primary concepts covered include the 10 movement principles of the Pilates method, an overview of the pelvic region and Pilates breathing. A historical overview of Pilates is presented, plus the BASI® approach, and the importance of safety when teaching Pilates are discussed. An introduction to special considerations when working with dancers is provided. Repertoire taught and practiced includes fundamental Reformer exercises and dance-specific abdominal exercises. A one-hour mat class for dancers is taught.Close Overview
Day 2 - Anatomy Overview – Part 1
An anatomy overview is presented that includes: anatomical terminology for movement, types of joints, and the center of gravity. The importance and practice of cueing is discussed. Repertoire taught and practiced includes fundamental Reformer, fundamental Mat, Pole, Ped-a-pul, and dance-specific back extensor exercises.Close Overview
Day 3 - Anatomy Overview (continued)
Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate Mat and dance-specific hip extensor exercises. Day 1 and Day 2 repertoire is reviewed with special attention to technique corrections.Close Overview
Day 4 - Anatomy Overview – Part 2
An anatomy overview is continued that includes: bones, bony landmarks, muscles, muscle actions, and types of muscle contraction. The BASI format of teaching is discussed and the Block System, created by Rael Isacowitz, is introduced. Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate Mat and Reformer, Leg Weights, and dance-specific hip flexor exercises. A one–hour mat class for dancers is taught.Close Overview
Day 5 - Review/Practice
Repertoire taught on Days 1-4 is reviewed and practiced with special attention to technique and cueing.Close Overview
Day 6 - Posture Assessment
Primary concepts covered are the principles of alignment and posture assessment. Use of the roll down as a tool for assessment is discussed. Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate Mat, intermediate Reformer, fundamental Cadillac, and dance-specific hip abductor and hip adductor exercises. The Anatomy Quiz is taken.Close Overview
Day 7- Rest and Study Day (No Class)
This day is designated for students to rest and study the material from the previous days on their own.Close Overview
Day 8 - Core Strength – Back and Abdominals
Primary concepts covered are core strength and the relationship of the various muscle groups that make up the core with particular focus on the abdominals and the back extensors. Contraindications, effective exercises, and the importance of understanding your client’s needs and body type are discussed. Also addressed are guidelines for successful teaching, including the importance of flow in a session. Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate Reformer and dance-specific hip rotator exercises. A one–hour mat class for dancers is taught.Close Overview
Day 9 - Exercise Adaptation
A key concept covered is exercise adaptation through the use of assists and modifications. Discussion is focused on how to construct a complete and comprehensive program. Repertoire taught and practiced includes intermediate through advanced Mat, intermediate Reformer, fundamental Wunda Chair, and Magic Circle. Dance-specific exercises are reviewed.Close Overview
Day 10 - Review and Testing
The Dance Foundation Final Practical Exam is taken.Close Overview
Dance Specialization Fees
Foundation Apparatus Program with Dance Specialization: $1999
Comprehensive Apparatus Program with Dance Specialization: $1799
Pricing includes all books and testing fees.
A $500 deposit is required, with the balance to be paid up to 15 business days prior to commencement of the Foundation Apparatus Program with Dance Specilization.
If paying by bank transfer, all bank fees will be the sole responsibility of the enrolled student at time of payment.
All fee payments are receipted and are exclusive of sales tax. Please let the BASI Pilates office know in advance if a pro-forma invoice is required.
Familiarity with the teachings of Joseph Pilates
It is highly recommended that each student be familiar with the theoretical basis of Pilates and have some experience in both Mat Work and on the apparatus, before embarking on this course of study.
Experience in a related form of physical activity
Prior experience in an athletic activity develops body awareness and other attributes that are extremely beneficial to the study of Pilates.
Prior completion of a course that includes anatomy such as Anatomy for the Dancer, Dance Kinesiology, Anatomy of Movement, or Human Anatomy is recommended. It is recommended that this be a college-level course. Specialization in a related area of study, such as a physical therapy or massage therapy, is normally acceptable and will be judged on its merits.
Teaching experience is recommended
Teaching is both a natural talent and a learned skill. Any past teaching experience, even in an unrelated field, will contribute to your becoming a skilled teacher of the Pilates method.
Prior dance training is highly recommended, but not required in all cases.