About me

 

My journey in movement started through dance. I trained as a ballet and contemporary dancer specialising in Limon, "Release" and Cunningham techniques. I was introduced to Pilates during my dance training to improve performance and I found it very beneficial to understand kinesiology and embodied anatomy. 

 

I trained as Pilates instructor and specialised in strength, motor skill, balance, flexibility training and rehabilitation for dancers. I am passionate to help dancers improve performance quality through a scientific-based training.

Markella is a qualified BASI Pilates instructor and works at the Pilates Clinic in Wimbledon where she teaches alongside the BASI Pilates UK team. She is a BASI Pilates Faculty member teaching the Global Comprehensive Program, and her original workshops "Foot-our base of support" and "When and How to stretch". She holds a BA degree in Dance Education, an MSc in Dance Science (Onassis Foundation Scholar) and a Certificate of Accomplishment in Cunningham Technique.  She is a dance specialist, teaching dancers at the Royal Ballet School in London and specialises in training Pilates instructors to work with dancers with her Advanced Education Certificate Course "Dance Conditioning with Pilates".

 

Pilates 

Pilates is one of the most well known exercise methods. It is recommended by medical experts for injury recovery, pain reduction, posture improvement and strength gains.

As a very versatile form of exercising, Pilates is an ideal body conditioning method for dancers. Nowadays the choreographic demands are very diverse and dancers are expected to perform various different styles and techniques. Training in a physically demanding environment may create muscular imbalances, postural compensations as well as fatigue. According to research, dancers have a high risk of injury occurrence, and recovery time is sometimes limited, which can lead to injury recurrence. 

 

Pilates can help dancers to... 

  • identify imbalances in their bodies

  • re-train the body to improve imbalances

  • improve strength, mobility and flexibility 

  • prevent the possibility of an injury

  • correct neuromuscular patterning after an injury

  • strengthen and regain mobility the affected area  

 

Dance Science

 

Dance Science is a fast growing area studying a variety of fields underpinning dance like anatomy, physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, psychology and somatics to name a few. 

Scientific research is very important to explore new possibilities, expand knowledge and improve performance potential as the demands in dance increase. The dance population is very complex to study scientifically since it is incorporating the physical demands of sports as well as artistry and expression. Dance scientists use quantitative and qualitative methods to measure, combine, and compare the various aspects researched and they draw information from other physical and artistic areas such as sports, music and performing arts. 

Dance Science is offering valuable information to dancers, dance teachers, choreographers and rehearsal directors on how to improve their practice in order to pursue the best possible outcome. It spans from strength and balance tests measuring physical performance, to psychological tests focusing on the mental well being of the dancers during stressful periods of training and rehearsals.

Classes

Private/Semi Pilates sessions: 

on demand

Workshops:

'Dance Conditioning with Pilates'

8-10 October 2021

BASI Pilates UK 

London, UK

Contact:

markellakefallonitou@gmail.com

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