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. The 2022-2023 season workshops will help you take your dancing to the next level. Join us to improve your fitness, find better balance, and increase the elevation of your jumps. Workshops are available both in-person for $35 each or virtually for $30 each!
Maximizing Your Turnout
Sunday, September 25, 1:00-2:30 PM
With an emphasis on hip strength and stability, participants will learn exercises to improve their turnout safely and effectively.
Building Better Balance
Sunday, October 30, 1:00-2:30 PM
Workshop participants will learn how the body gives them cues to improve alignment and create more ease in balance. These techniques improve body awareness and help dancers develop healthier and more efficient movement patterns.
Cross Training for Dancers
Sunday, January 29, 1:00-2:30 PM
In this workshop participants will learn to complement and enhance their ballet training to improve endurance, strength and balance.
Sunday, February 26, 1:00-2:30 PM
Workshop participants will learn to techniques to improve height, speed and power in their jumps.
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.