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Finding and Activating True Core Strength

June 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


 Every movement we make must be supported by from the core. Otherwise, we end up straining small muscles that were never meant to hold something as heavy as our body weight for extended periods of time. In dance, many of us have been told to “pull up” our center and do this and that with our pelvis, but what does it really mean? If you’re still doing sit-ups and crunches to improve your core strength, this workshop is for you. STOP WASTING YOUR TIME with ineffective abdominal exercises you find online.

Benefits of a strong, reactive core:

  • Higher jumps and softer landings
  • Improved balance- better pirouettes, higher legs in développés
  • Relaxed shoulders and arms
  • Decreased incidence of injuries
  • More time and space for expression and musicality
  • Increased reach distance and functional limb length
  • Improved endurance for holding positions
Join us for an all day workshop where you will learn what exactly “the core” is, and how to strengthen it to improve your dancing. This course will teach you how to work smart, and not hard for the results you want. We will be using concepts from physical therapy and the Alexander Technique to gain a more delicate understanding of our own bodies. This course will also include a Gyrokinesis® lesson to help prepare our bodies for motion and sensitivity.
Course content:
  • Anatomy of the trunk including abdominal muscles, diaphragm, and pelvic floor
  • Explanation behind standard abdominal exercises such as sit-ups and planks, and why they do or don’t work
  • Test your own core strength and engagement
  • Gyrokinesis® group session to understand how mobility affects core strength
  • Alexander Technique group session to feel and improve your connection to the floor

10-11:30: Lecture- Trunk anatomy, discuss common “core” exercises and explain which ones are more effective for abdominal strength
Self assessment #1- Learn how to assess your balance and body awareness and connection to the floor
11:30-12:30: Gyrokinesis class- Focus on segmental mobility
12:30-1: Self assessment #2
1-2pm: Lunch on your own
2-2:30: Lecture
Self-Assessment #3
2:30-3:30: Alexander Technique class
3:30-4pm: Self assessment #4
Review and Q+A

Please dress comfortably as we will be moving through some exercises, and gaining awareness about our bodies. Shorts and a t-shirt are recommended for men; shorts and a camisole are recommended for women. Please refrain from wearing halter tops and any other items that may restrict motion of the neck.


Dr. Miho Urisaka, PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Urisaka is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) from the American Physical Therapy Association and has over 15 years of coaching and teaching experience in gymnastics and ballroom dance. She now specializes in treating amateur and professional performers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Avenue Q, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and others.

Ms. Masumi Kishimoto

Masumi Kishimoto is a certified instructor of the Alexander Technique, an educational method that teaches how to change faulty postural habits. Also a professional dancer, Masumi brings her movement expertise to OMPTNY to help our clients build a foundation for proper exercise form and improved body awareness.

Mommy and Me class

Rie Fukuzawa

Gyrotonic Instructor
The Gyrokinesis® method is a movement method that gently works the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original, and unique movement practice which has roots in Yoga, Tai Chi, gymnastics, and dance.


June 25, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm




315 Madison Ave, Floor 17
New York, NY 10017 United States
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