Strong Dancer Ottawa

Pivot Dancer is bringing science into the studio. Educating dancers with physical and educational tools will empower them to leap higher in dance and life. Giving dance educators the tools to confidently support their dancers will differentiate them in all aspects of their teaching.

Program Details

Dance Medicine is a branch of sports medicine dedicated to the specific needs of performance artists. Pivot Dancer offers in person programs including physiotherapy services, workshops and small group strengthening classes.

Strong Dancer Program

A strength and conditioning program designed to address the needs of dancers in order to improve performance, decrease risk of injury and empower them in a welcoming and safe environment.

Let’s start thinking of dancers like the athletes they are!
The Strong Dancer Program aims to educate and strengthen dancers through small group classes tailored to their specific needs.
Our 6-week programs integrate exercise physiology concepts with yoga, pilates and strength training to build strong, resilient dancers.
All dance styles welcome! Ages 10 and up.

– Educate dancers on proper movement quality and its importance.
– Get the dancers stronger to improve their work and recovery capacity.
– Help the dancers build body awareness.
– Balance patterns of overuse to prevent injuries.

Dance Medicine

Dance Injury Assessment:

A 60-minute appointment which includes a musculoskeletal screen and a physiotherapy assessment. Dancers will participate in a dance specific functional screen including dance technique and movement pattern analysis. The physiotherapy assessment examines neuromuscular control, balance, strength, flexibility and muscle imbalances. Dancers with a history of injury may also undergo special orthopedic tests to assess the integrity and recovery of the injured tissues. The assessment will be followed by a discussion regarding findings and recommendation of appropriate treatment and exercises.

Pointe Readiness Assessment:
A 60-minute appointment that includes a musculoskeletal screen, a physical exam and suggestions for improvement based on any physical limitations. Evidence-guided and measurable tests are utilized to help determine the dancer’s readiness for pointe work. Pre-pointe assessments also include a discussion regarding assessment findings, professional recommendation related to pointe readiness and exercises to help reduce and prevent injuries.


Strength for Leaps & Jumps

January 21st to February 25th
Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm
Includes 6 classes + Pivot Dancer online membership
$270 + HST

Want higher jumps? Want to travel farther during leaps? Greater strength allows dancers to push more force through the ground, making jumps bigger, better and less effortful! During this 6-week program, be ready to lift weights, perform plyometric drills and work on landing techniques to help cope with the high demands of dance. Core strength and limb control will also be included in this program to ensure good movement mechanics and improved extensions.

Conditioning for Performance

March 24th to April 28th
Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm
Includes 6 classes + Pivot Dancer online membership
$270 + HST

You have trained all year for this, now it’s time to perform! Conditioning during competition (or performance) season is aimed at preserving strength, power and performance levels through moderate intensity exercise. This 6-week program is designed with exercise physiology principles in mind to ensure gains made throughout the year are maintained. Full body strengthening will be the focus while including high intensity intervals to prepare for the demands of the stage and accessory drills to maintain motor control and body awareness.

What students are saying.

“This program has helped me improve so much throughout these past few years.”

~ M.H. – Strong Dancer Student


Visit Us

Toronto Location

Pivot Sport Medicine
2288 Bloor St. West,
Toronto, ON

Ottawa Location

Ottawa Osteopathy and Sports Therapy
2197 Riverside Dr #601
Ottawa, ON K1H 7X3