DNS ExerciseSport 1 The Dance Athlete October 2020


Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Exercise/Sport Course Part 1

Course is at Capacity at this moment please contact organizer to get on waitlist

The Dance Athlete  

October 9-11, 2020 

San Diego, California


This course is designed to introduce Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) principles as it relates to treating and training the Dance Athlete. We will cover DNS assessment and active exercises and how they specifically apply to the Dance Athlete.

Dancers are professional movers combining awareness with altheticism.

Dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS) was named as a way to communicate that stability can be maintained throughout a full range of motion (dynamic centration) with the synergy, timing, and coordination of the deep stabilizing system

This is achieved on a neurological level (subcortical) along with the influence and processing (cortical function) of somatosensory input from our environment. 

The foundations of postural stabilization are established during ontogenesis (development of motor function after birth). 

We as adults have different limb sizes and body proportions, yet we still retain the same hard wired, central postural programs that are manifested during CNS maturation. 

If we train movement properly we can utilize those genetic, central postural programs to enhance movement efficiency and performance. 

Come learn how!

This course is open to both the clinician, dance instructors and movement specialist. It will illustrate how they can work together to attain optimal results for their patients, clients, and students. 

Target audience: Chiropractors, Osteopaths, PT's, ATC's, Acupuncturist, Strength & Conditioning Specialist, coaches, body work therapists, exercise physiologists & kinesiologists, Movement specialist (Dance,Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics instructors).

Lead Instructor:

Robert Lardner, PT

Assistant - Michael Rintala, DC


  • Robert Lardner PT has been a licensed physical therapist for almost 30 years. After working both in out- and in-patient settings in Sweden and the USA, he is now in private practice in Chicago and lectures both nationally and internationally on physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • A graduate from Lund’s University Rehabilitation program, Sweden in 1991, he studied many different approaches and techniques in physical therapy and rehabilitation, and has been mentored by Charles’ University Czech Professors such as: Janda, Lewit and Kolár from the “Prague School”. 
  • A former professional dancer both in the UK and Sweden,  he was trained at the Rambert Academy, West London Institute of Higher Education, graduated in 1983 with a Diploma in Dance of Higher Merit and worked for 
    • Mantis Dance Company, UK, 1983
    • Malmö Stadsteater Ballet, Malmö, Sweden, 1984-1987
  • Co-author of the book,  “The Janda Approach…”
  • Co-author of   chapter on dance rehabilitation exercise chapter in  “The Functional Training Handbook”
  • Provided physical therapy for dancers, circus gymnasts, etc throughout his professional career 

“In this course my aim is to integrate, scientific, clinical and practical information and experience combined with the empirical DNS approach in a workshop that addresses musculoskeletal and movement challenges that are unique to dance and yet universal to human movement and movement training.”


Course Objectives:

•Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of developmental kinesiology.

•Describe the relationship between development during the first year of life and dysfunction of the locomotor system in adulthood. Show the correlation to technique faults with the dancer.

•Discuss and demonstrate the basis of human movement: support, stepping forward, the biomechanics of motor function, the verticalization process & functional joint centration in postural development.

•Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns.

•Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine both visually and utilizing dynamic functional tests.

•Integrate corrective exercises based on the DNS functional tests and developmental positions in supine, prone, low kneeling, oblique sit, and quadruped global movements.

•Demonstrate how DNS corrective exercises can be integrated with other exercise strategies to benefit the Dance Athlete



10803 Vista Sorrento Parkway, Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92121


Course Hours:

Friday 10am-5pm

Saturday 9am-5pm

Sunday 9am-4pm



For questions email Michael Rintala, D.C.: [email protected]

Course Fee's and Registration Instructions:

The course fee is: 

Early Bird, before July 1, 2020 - $650

After July 1, 2020 - $750

Student course fee is $565

DNS Course Payment

*In addition, there is a fee of 80 Euros (~85 US dollars) for the Prague School, which goes towards research. Follow the link below:

*Payment in full is required to reserve a space.

*Due to the expense involved in hosting this event and hosting the presenter from the Prague School, all registration payments are considered final, and will not be refunded except under special circumstances.