Ballet teacher en pointe with top honour

THE Australian Institute of Classical Dance (AICD) is responsible for inspiring a generation of dancers, providing the syllabus for teaching classical dance across the country and overseeing everything from exams to choreographic festivals.

Not only does the institute award student scholarships but it also recognises excellence in classical ballet teachers and this year awarded the honour to Irina Asotoff Ballet School teacher Jodie Stotter-Elliot.

In her seventh year of teaching at the ballet school, Stotter-Elliot is also a physiotherapist at Ability Centre and her private practice BSP Physiotherapy, where she specialises in treating and rehabilitating dancers and athletes.

As part of her award, she will travel to Melbourne from June 8 to watch a week of classes at the prestigious Australian Ballet School.

�Generally when people go, they�re mainly observing classes and teaching techniques, but I�ve also requested to spend some time with the physio and look at their conditioning programs and dancer treatments as well,� the 30-year-old said.

�I�m looking forward to seeing how elite schools run things in terms of teaching techniques and how they keep on top of fitness without burning kids out when they have such a high workload.

�And all the cross-training, so things they do in conditioning class or outside of class to benefit their dance work.�

Stotter-Elliot said she hoped the trip would cement the marriage between her two loves, ballet and physiotherapy, and that she was excited about squeezing in a trip to watch The Australian Ballet perform their latest production, The Dream.