Pilates for Dancers – Online


This dynamic online seminar explores the requirements of the dancer and the demands of regime to provide a broad understanding of Pilates based dance rehabilitation.

Course Content

Pilates for Dancers looks at the specific needs of the dancer, with the focus on ballet, in relation to common injuries, technique flaws, determining pointe shoe readiness, and how to choose or modify the Pilates exercises to be more specific to the dancer population. During this course you will take an in-depth look at the lumbopelvic region, the hip and the foot and ankle, as well as consider the necessity of mobilization and the importance of proprioception and balance re-education.

Learning Objectives

Following this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the basic ballet positions of dance
  • Consider the evidence based pointe readiness assessment tests when treating dancers
  • Identify common flaws of turn out and ankle positioning
  • Identify common overuse injuries sustained by the dance population
  • Recognize how rehabilitation Pilates exercises can be used to address the specific needs of a dancer for the lumbopelvic region, hip, foot and ankle, as well as mobility and balance/proprioception
  • Design clinically reasoned rehabilitation programs using APPI Pilates exercises for the dance population

Total viewing time = 6 hours 17 minutes

This online course is presented by APPI Master Trainer Kirsten Roberts. 

Pilates for Dancers Online Schedule:

0 – 8:49 –  Introduction

8:50 – 1:19:17 –  Lecture: Dance Elements and Concepts

1:19:18 – 2:53:46 –  Workshop 1: Lumbo-pelvic Rehabilitation

2:53:47 – 4:02:44 –  Workshop 2: Hip Rehabilitation

4:02:45 – 5:14:22 – Workshop 3: Ankle and Foot Rehabilitation

5:14:23 – 6:01:59 –  Workshop 4: Mobilization for the Dancer

6:02:00 –  6:17:00 –  Workshop 5: Functional Balance Training

Total Viewing Time: 6 hours 17 minutes 


This course is open to:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Personal Trainers
  • Certified Pilates Instructors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

In order to complete this course it is recommended that you have attended APPI’s Pilates for Rehabilitation – Matwork Level One course or a 2 day Pilates Matwork course with a recognized Pilates training provider.

We recommend that you have the following equipment in order to get the most out of this online course:

1 x Arm Strength Resistance Band (lighter strength)
1 x Soft Pilates Ball
1 x Towel
1 x Mat

After viewing this online course you will be required to pass a short multiple choice test. The pass mark for this test is 80%.

Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants: This course is approved by the following:

  • 6.2 CCU’s by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (Approved Provider #2211050TX)*

“The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.”

Many other states may accept credits awarded by the above state boards. Please check with your state licensing board to determine whether the course qualifies for credit in your state. Please note that due to the changing nature of state continuing education requirements, APPI suggests that you contact your state physical therapy association or licensing board for the most current information on continuing education and other rules and regulations.

Occupational Therapists/Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants: 6.75 Contact Hours.  AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education # 11485 Category 1 Domain of OT. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsements of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Athletic Trainers: APPI is Board of Certification, Inc., (BOC) Approved Provider. This course has been approved for 6.25 continued education hours for Athletic Trainers. BOC Approved Provider number P10086.

Pilates Instructors:  This course is approved for 6.25 CEC’s through the NPCP (National Pilates Certification Program), formerly the PMA (Pilates Method Alliance).  NPCP Course #35845-867.   Approved 4/18/21-4/18/22

Personal Trainers/ Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists APPI courses are not automatically approved by the NSCA, however if you would like to attend this course, you are able to self-submit received NSCA CEUs.

Exercise Physiologists ‘The ACSM Certification & Registry Department will recognize CECs, CMEs or CEUs awarded by other professional health and fitness or clinical organizations for attending their programs without it being pre-approved or endorsed by the ACSM Education Department. These are considered “non-ACSM endorsed programs.” You must obtain documentation from that organization verifying attendance and the number of CECs earned.’

If you require accreditation through another governing body or within another state, or require any further information please email info@appiamerica.com.

*ProCert is a program of the Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). ProCert evaluates physical therapy continuing competence activities (courses and conferences) using the research-based FSBPT Standards for Continuing Competence Activities.

*Expires 8/29/2021

Continuing competence activities certified by ProCert are currently accepted by the following jurisdictions:

Alaska            Arizona        Arkansas  California Colorado Delaware  District of Columbia 
Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Kansas Kentucky
Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska North Carolina 
North Dakota Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota
Tennessee Utah Vermont Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming  

Additional states are updating rules/regulations or policies to reflect the acceptance or recognition of ProCert.


*The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.

‘This course gave me more insight and treatment ideas.’ Physical Therapist and Pilates Instructor | Feb 2020 

Kirsten is an amazing instructor both in person for live seminars and online! – Physical Therapist | Dec 2019 

Presenter was great, engaging relevant side stories and very knowledgeable about the info.  – Physical Therapist | May 2019 

The information provides specific considerations and “watch points.” Reviewing pointe shoe fit was helpful to work with patients on educating them why their shoes are not appropriate for them – Physical Therapist | Aug 2019 

I will be able to better tailor my exercises for the dance population – Physical Therapist | Aug 2019 

‘I liked the specific exercises/modifications for common dance issues with rationale to help me further assess and modify on my own.’ – Physical Therapist | May 2018 

‘This is an exceptional course for understanding the specific rehabilitative needs of a dancer and how to better serve this unique population.’ – Physical Therapist | February 2019

Student Discounts
If you are a student, please email info@appiamerica.com for information on special discounted rates.

ADA Needs
We are happy to accommodate your ADA needs; please email info@appiamerica.com.

Financial – All APPI presenters receive a speaking honorarium from APPI America.
Non-financial – No relevant non-financial relationship exists with the APPI Presenter for this course.