23 October 2023

Basic Anatomy CPD Course (HK)


This full-day workshop will take place at a professional Pilates studio called Iso Fit on Wyndham Street, Central. The studio offers a full range of and most up-to-date Pilates and GYROTONIC® equipment.

This workshop focuses on how basic anatomical understanding can be passed on to students in order to enable them to develop anatomically sound technique. The first section of the workshop refreshes your knowledge and understanding of basic anatomy, including the structure and function of those muscles and joints that are essential in dance.

We then look more closely at specific areas of the body, such as the lower limbs and core. This involves anexploration of how to facilitate correct alignment in young dancers’ spines, hips, knees and feet.

You will learn sensory motor work and conditioning exercises for various body areas and we will look at how these can be included in regular technique lessons. Throughout the day we will use computer generated animations, models and high quality images to gain a unique insight into the body’s interior functions.

This workshop is highly interactive and involves mainly practical work and activities so that all the content is easily applicable in practice. The course is suitable for teachers of any dance techniques as well as those that teach the anatomy contents of the A-Level.

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Key Information

Duration Fee
9AM-4PM Member Fee

Non-Member Fee



Monday 23 October 2023 (Public Holiday)




Iso Fit Pilates Studio, 8/F, Yu Yuet Lai Building
43-55 Wyndham Street, Central
Hong Kong



The aims of this course are to:

  • Equip participants with the skills to embed basic anatomy within various aspects of their dance teaching
  • Explore dance anatomy in an interactive, exciting and experiential manner
  • Improve the participants’ knowledge and understanding of dance anatomy with a particular focus on how to teach the subject

This workshop will cover:

  • Introduction and discussion on areas of interest
  • The Basics of Anatomy
  • Focus on the Hip
  • Focus on the Knee
  • Focus on the Foot
  • Focus on the Core and Spine
  • Plenary

Learning Outcomes:


On completion of the course you will:

  • Develop an increased understanding of dance specific anatomy
  • Be able to incorporate the teaching of basic anatomy in your dance teaching
  • Have a greater understanding of how anatomy can be taught in an interactive, accessible and inclusive manner
  • Know how a range of interactive resources can be used to enhance dance anatomy teaching
Number of CPD hours: 8
Language: English


Recommended Preparation:

Participants are recommended to bring with you a list of any dance anatomy related questions you might have



Ms Dawnna Wayburne


Dawnna started her ballet training as a 5 year old in Zimbabwe under the tutelage of Dawn Nimr, a contemporary of Merle Park. In 1973, she went to England to further her study of both the RAD and ISTD methods at Stella Mann School of Dance, where she was trained as a teacher in Ballet, National dance and modern dance. She was awarded an Associate in both ISTD Ballet and National Dance and completed all necessary teacher training requirements for the Royal Academy of Dance. Dawnna has also completed Pilates, Gyrotonic and the Feldenkrais Bones for Life certifications to a level of being both an Educator and Master Trainer of these systems.

Dawnna established DMR School of Ballet in HK in 1984 and has only recently handed it over to her next generation of teachers remaining as a consultant to this thriving dance establishment of almost 40 years. During her tenure she was not only a member of the RAD Summer School Committee but also it’s Chairlady for 3 years. She also spent time as functional reeducation teacher to the students of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts for a period of 5 years.

Apart from establishing a thriving ballet school Dawnna is also the Owner and Education Director of Iso Fit HK and Polestar Pilates Asia (PPA). PPA has host sites in most major cities in Asia and until the pandemic Dawnna was traveling to and teaching at all of these venues preparing students to become certified Pilates and Gyrotonic teachers.

During these travels she has also consulted with dance companies like Universal and the National Ballet of South Korea working with their company members to understand the value of somatic support in dance longevity and injury prevention. Dawnna believes that a sound foundation in core mechanics and somatic awareness increases a dancers ability to perform to his or her optimal level allowing them, through self awareness to be more confident performers, essential at a time when dancers strive for greater range of motion and gymnastic prowess over artistry.

Her ballet school and Pilates training programmes have historically adopted a learner and exploration-oriented approach for a fully rounded development of participating students. Dawnna’s motto regarding young dancers, “ thinking bodies, dancing minds” indicates that students can, with the right guidance, be taught to develop creatively and thoughtfully. Her hope is that one can, in this way enhance their self-confidence enabling them through continuous mindful movement to perform with the ease and grace that we recognize in all professional performances without fear of injury or failure.

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