18 September 2024

Core Stability for Young Dancers CPD Course (HK)

This one day practical workshop will focus on core stability along with modifications for safe and effective practice in working with young dancers.

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Key Information

Duration Fee
9AM-4PM Member Fee

Non-Member Fee



Wednesday 18 September 2024 (Public Holiday)




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


To enhance teachers’ knowledge and understanding of core stability and how best support young students’ development for optimal performance.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the course you will have:
  • An enhanced understanding of what is meant by core stability
  • Developed skills in evaluating students’ ability
  • Developed skills in delivering effective supplementary conditioning for young dancers including modified activities.


Number of CPD hours: 8


Language: English


Recommended Preparation:

Comfortable practical clothing should be worn. Notebooks for personal note taking and pens etc.



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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