Paula Baird-Colt


Paula Baird-Colt is presenting with Leanne Rath at the Mastering Load Transfer: Adductor Magnus course taking place at Physiosports Brighton on the 30th July 2017.

Paula Baird-Colt is an innovative dance-movement specialist who has based her practice on extensive experience as a performer, teacher, and producer in the dance profession.  Paula’s in-depth knowledge of classical ballet technique and dance repertoire has provided her with a foundation to provide analysis, program development and implementation required for an elite dancer to remediate and maintain safe movement practice.

After completing secondary dance studies at The Victorian College of the Arts Paula gained employment with the Western Australian Ballet followed in 1987 by a contract with The Australian Ballet where she gained Leading Soloist status.  Over a 17-year professional dance career she performed in many of the signature choreographic works of her generation by Tetley, Tharp, Duato, Kylian, Murphy, Welch, Page, and Forsythe. In 1998 Paula received a Green Room award for Best Performance by a Female Dancer for her roles in Jardí Tancat and In the Upper Room.  Paula’s curiosity, creativity and in-depth professional experience have been the impetus for her progressive dance teaching practice.

In 2001 Paula completed an APMA Pilates Method certified course and commenced teaching a dance specific conditioning program at the Australian Ballet School.  Over a six-year period Paula developed strategies to prepare pre-professional dancers for safe dance practice. In 2007, she was appointed to The Australian Ballet Company to continue teaching professional dancers.  Paula’s key role is to educate dancers to assist an understanding of their movement vocabulary, which in turn improves individual body management.  Professional dancers and colleagues acknowledge the ‘ground-breaking’ approaches to the conditioning programs she designs and oversees for dancers in cooperation with the relevant medical and artistic teams.

From 2008 to 2015 Paula extended her role at The Australian Ballet to work in the Education Unit.  Paula contributed an array of skills for the company’s education partnerships and outreach program ‘Out There, The Australian Ballet in schools’ to include; audition selection, physical screening, choreographing and producing dance-movement content that extended beyond the boundaries of specific dance content.

Paula’s special interest areas are dancer’s hips, lower legs and pointe shoes/work and the use of real time ultra-sounding as a biofeedback movement education tool.   Her analytical and teaching practice combines visual, auditory, and tactile cues naturally: creating links between the art form of dance and science.  She can re-work and individualise a range of exercises from various movement methods and delivers simple and elegant movement solutions: always linking the process to the dancer’s studio practice and the art form she has emerged from.

In addition to her work with professional dancers Paula’s expertise is sought by elite athletes. As a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science she has taught professional dance teachers and artists and presented at national and international forums.

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