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. Spring 2022 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.

Sign up for all three in-person workshops to receive a special rate!


Cross Training for Dance

Sunday, January 30, 1:00-2:30pm

Do you want to be stronger and more fit in the New Year? In this workshop, participants will learn how to complement and enhance their ballet training with a cross training technique called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Dancers will learn efficient and effective movement patterns that will help them stay injury free.


Listening to Your Body: Interoceptive & Proprioceptive Skills

Sunday, February 27, 1:00-2:30pm

In this workshop, students will learn how their body gives them cues to enhance balance and alignment. These techniques improves body awareness and help dancers develop healthier and more efficient movement patterns.


Elevate! Power Up Your Jumps

Sunday, March 27, 1:00-2:30pm

With an emphasis on developing more coordination and efficiency, students will students will learn techniques to add height, speed and power to 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.