Dance therapy classes for NDIS

Dance Physiotherapy
We have a great team of physios with many years of experience in dance to keep you on your toes. While some dance injuries result from a single event like a poor jump landing many come about from mild technique and training errors that are repeated many times over.  Overloading intensity near exams and performances is a common factor in injury. We assess, treat, strengthen and evaluate the cause to get you back on your toes as soon as possible.

Dance Assessments
A detailed assessment at any age will identify strength and flexibility issues that could be contributing to poor performance or injury. After the assessment we design a home programme so you can strengthen specific weaknesses and elevate your performance. We can also design you a specific strengthening programme of rehabilitation exercise that you can do in our Pilates studio on our Reformers, Trap tables and Wunda chairs where our instructors will help you focus on achieving your dance strength goals. If you are too busy to attend our studio we can develop a home programme of exercise.

Pre-pointe Assessments
Going en Pointé is a big step in a young dancer’s career. We assess young dancers proceeding to pointé to determine not only if their feet are strong enough for pointe but also if their bodies are strong and stable so the feet aren’t overloaded by weakness further up the chain, especially in the core and pelvis. A home programme will be prescribed so you can achieve the strength you need for the transition to pointe. We can provide a report both for you and your teacher so they can assist with specific strengthening goals.

Dance Injury Treatment
Our experience gives us extra insight into dance injuries, their immediate treatment and the recovery pathway from injury back to full dance performance.

Dance Conditioning
Pilates has been the strengthening exercise of choice for many dancers wanting to perform at their best for many years. The founder of Pilates was Joseph Pilates and he worked with the New York ballet dancers and famous choreographers of his time so dance technique was incorporated into his exercises. We have taken the principles of Pilates and merged it with the latest in sports physiotherapy and dance physiotherapy to bring you a client specific exercise system utilizing Pilates equipment. We can design you an individualised programme for performance enhancement or to rehabilitate you fully from injury.


Our Dance Physiotherapy Team

Jenny Birckel – (APA Sports Physiotherapist) started working with QDSE in 1990 and pioneered musculoskeletal assessments for the dancers as they commenced QDSE so they could be given guidance about specific strengthening and stretching that they required to perform at their peak. She performed the entry assessments and treatments here for over 16 years. She also had a clinic in the Australian Dance Performance Institute where assessments and treating dancers was a regular event.

Hannah HughesGraduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honours and has an Associate Degree in Dance from QUT. She was a pre-professional ballet dancer with the Queensland Ballet. Hannah has a long standing passion for classical ballet and has been teaching dance for over seven years. She also has a strong interest in Pilates and its role in the management of musculoskeletal conditions. Hannah is very enthusiastic in all her endeavours and has a strong commitment to working with dancers to assist them in reaching their performance goals. Jo Kaighin has many years of experience treating and assessing sports and dance injuries. Andrea Maude is an APA Sports Physiotherapist  and part of our dance injury team.

Our dance classes provide fun fitness and therapy to music. These are small group classes run by Hanna our exercise physiologist who spent many years learning ballet. She also has worked at the Queensland Ballet (QB) with dance classes for Parkinson’s classes.

We also have 2 dance physios who can conduct these classes.

These classes could be funded through the NDIS as

  • Therapy – Strength, co-ordination, balance
  • Capacity building – confidence & overcoming anxiety

We are scheduling these classes for adults and kids/ teens. Please call us for more information – 3862 2322.