Getting grounded

by Trevor Aung Than on August 26, 2012

With yesterday came the end of an enjoyable week of classes at the West Australian Ballet centre. I feel very fortunate that I had the opportunity to work with a group of talented dancers that were enthusiastic, hard-working and fun to teach. The environment of the WA ballet centre reminded me a lot of Cirque du Soleil with the schedules, rehearsals, trainings, etc. I actually felt very comfortable.

It was a far cry from my first few weeks at ZAiA – it was like being hit in the face with an open fire hydrant. There was just so much going on – in the air, on the trampoline, on the ground. I can honestly say I was somewhat lost in those first few weeks. The one constant or one comfort I had was in my clinical skills – doing treatment on the artists was what I felt most comfortable with in those few weeks. You can see for yourself what I was dealing with on a daily basis:

Now, no amount of physio school or sports-physio experience will even come close to preparing you for this. What Cirque artists do to their bodies on a nightly basis is downright ludicrous. It sometimes felt like a Sisyphean task working on the artists…only for them to perform in show or to train and then end up on the table the next day.

A good friend recently said to me something along the lines of “..when you work with the best in the world in any discipline you certainly get something from it..”. And he should know as he is a professional duathlete. Certainly working with athletes of that calibre gave me a new appreciation of the human body and human movement. And I was reminded this last week of what the human body can actually do…

Often getting this reminder is great; I realise once again how little I might actually know about the capabilities of the human body and what we think we might know about rest and recovery in professional athletes might only be a fraction of the truth. I hope to get the chance to work with the team again!

Ed// Thanks to Samuel, Jane, Yi, Anna and the other dancers from WA Ballet that feature in the photographs above!!

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