Body conditioning workshop series
Led by Houston Ballet Strength and Conditioning Coach Aki Kawasaki, this series offers in-depth Body Conditioning workshops for dancers, teachers and students ages 12 and up. Fall 2021 workshops will focus on exercises to progress turnout and maximize warm-up.
Sign up for all three in-person workshops to receive a special rate!
Progressing Turnout: Part 1
This workshop will focus on exercises to improve the range of motion of the hip, knee, ankle joints and feet, as well as core strengthening and alignment work to develop proper turnout.
September 19, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 PM
Progressing Turnout: Part 2
Building on the concepts in part 1, participants will learn exercises to support and maintain proper turnout in more advanced movement. Participants are encouraged to attend “Progressing Turnout: Part 1,” as this workshop will be a continuation of the information covered in that session.
October 17, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 PM CDT
Before the Barre
In this workshop, participants will learn warm-up exercises and strategies to do before class to maximize their training experience.
November 14, 2021
1:00 – 2:30 PM CDT
About Aki Kawasaki
Originally from Ibaraki, Japan, Akihiro Kawasaki holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As a student athletic trainer, he worked with several sports teams including the national championship winning football team at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC). Kawasaki previously served as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach for Olympic athletes on the national team of Japan. He is currently the head strength and conditioning coach at Houston Ballet and Houston Ballet Academy. Kawasaki holds certifications in Functional Movement Systems (FMS) – level 2, Y Balance Test (YBT) of FMS, Fundamental Capacity Screen (FCS) of FMS, Rossiter – level 4, Yamuna Body Rolling – Face, Feet, Table Treatment and Animal Flow and Spatial Medicine.