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MISSION

STATEMENT

Through its medically patent pending and doctor-endorsed classes, The Hall Method empowers dancers, at all levels, to become physically strong, flexible, and resilient athletes. The Hall Method prepares dancers to meet the demands of their training, career, and artistic expression with confidence and free of injury.

 
WHAT IS THE HALL METHOD?

The Hall Method is a unique muscle conditioning program integrating classical ballet and pilates reformer exercises into technique class utilizing therabands, foam rollers, and balls. The Hall Method supports aspiring and professional dancers so they stay strong, injury free, and are ready for the demands of any style of dance. 

Proprioceptive training is based on the concept that improved neuromuscular function is developed through controlled stimulation of the muscular system that requires the muscles to adapt. Athletes, rehabilitation, and conditioning professionals have used proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation [PNF] for years. 

THE HALL METHOD IS AN APPLICATION OF PROPRIOCEPTION AND ADAPTATION OF PNF SPECIFICALLY CREATED FOR DANCERS.
 
WHAT HAPPENS IN A CLASS?
THERABARRE

A therabarre class follows the format of a classical ballet barre, but exercises are executed with both legs attached to either end of a theraband, the center of which is anchored on a barre behind the student to add resistance and allow for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation [PNF]. This allows the dancer to retain total control of the speed and manner in which the muscles are stimulated.

FOAM ROLLER BARRE

Foam Roller Barre is reminiscent of a ballet class. Barre exercises are executed while standing on top of a foam roller in a variety of different orientations, and then utilizing them during unique center exercises for core stability, balance, and strength.

BALL BARRE

Ball Barre begins at the ballet barre but evolves quickly to exercises on the floor in the center, and where the ball is rolled up the wall with the feet to challenge the core, lengthen the line of the leg, and allow for smooth actions that usually require a Pilates Reformer machine. 

DISC CLASS

Structured much like a ballet class while standing on rotator discs. Working with the rotation of the discs assists in strengthening a dancer’s rotation and stability, plus allows for practicing and significantly improving turns. External rotators and the supporting leg remain active at all times for overall hip strength.

 
WHO IS THE HALL METHOD FOR?
ADVANCED DANCERS

•    Reach even higher levels of technique

•    Increase their turnout

•    Improve their endurance

•    Jump higher and maintain fluidity of movement while airborne

•    Increase the number of turns they can execute

•    Lengthen and strengthen body lines

BEGINNING DANCERS

•    Discover your center

•    Learn proper alignment

•    Connect to the floor

•    Develop muscle memory

PROFESSIONAL DANCERS

•    Gain an edge going into demanding auditions or jobs

•    Prevent injury

•    Continue to stay fit and healthy at a professional level as you mature

DANCE TEACHERS

•    Protect you body from injury during demanding teaching schedules

•    Maintain your strength, flexibility, and fitness to keep up with their careers

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RECOVERING DANCERS

•    After a lapse or injury, The Hall Method significantly speeds up the process of returning to dance and getting back into shape

•    Maximize results even with limited time to take class

 
WHO WE ARE 
MARLENE HALL
PRESIDENT

Marlene Hall has over 31 years of dance education experience and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. After college Mrs. Hall trained intensively in pilates for 8 years where she was introduced to the theraband and encouraged to explore and be creative. That exploration led to marrying her extensive experience and love for dance with her new interest in pilates by developing Therabarre, the first class in The Hall Method which was presented at The International Association of Dance and Medicine Sciences Conference in Basel Switzerland 2014. 

 Marlene has been responsible for the inception of two performing arts schools and is on faculty at the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCSA) where she has designed and implemented UC approved A-G subject college level curriculum. 

Her students have received partial to full scholarships to the following professional programs and Universities: Kirov Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Princeton Ballet Society, Joffrey Ballet, The Rock School, Kansas City Ballet, Royal London Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, and Broadway Theatre Project. Many of her students have gone on to attend The Julliard School, UC Irvine, Fordham University, Cornish University, Cal Arts, Chapman University, NYU, Purchase University, AMDA L.A./NYC, Elon University, Pace University, and UCLA. 

Her students’ television and film credits include: Walt Disney’s Musical “Geppetto”, NBC’s “So You Think You Can Dance”, Nickelodeon’s “Ned’s Declassified School of Survival Guide”, Warner Brothers “Scooby Doo” commercials and industrials. 

Kai Hazelwood had been a passionate dance educator for over 10 years. Aside from specializing in teaching contemporary, ballet, improvisation, composition and dance literacy, Kai is Vice President and Co-Teacher of The Hall Method. Her training includes 6 years at the San Francisco Ballet School, summer programs at Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey, and training at the Kirov Ballet in Saint Petersburg, Russia. After a contract with the Oakland Ballet Company, Kai relocated to Los Angeles to complete her BFA at UCLA. 

She left her 4 year post as Faculty and then Dance Outreach Coordinator at AMDA College & Conservatory in January 2016 to refocus on her artistic career, beginning with a guest choreographer post with Martz Contemporary Dance Company in Barcelona Spain. Kai then went on to tour with Axis Dance Company before returning to Los Angeles to continue her own choreographic and performing work. 

She signed with Go 2 Talent Agency as a dance artist, and became the Resident Choreographer for Theatre Dybbuk. In 2017 Kai was selected as a Arts Omi International Arts Center Choreographic Resident, produced the 2nd evening of her own choreography and showed work in the Black Choreographer’s Festival in San Francisco. 

She is a 2018 Artist in Residence for The City of Los Angeles’ Cultural Affairs Department, is invited to Jacob’s Pillow as part of the National Presenter’s Forum, and is the Artistic Director of both her collaborative Kai Hazelwood + Colab, and Downtown Dance & Movement, a state of the art dance facility offering classes, rehearsal, and performance space in Downtown Los Angeles. 

KAI HAZELWOOD
VICE PRESIDENT
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DAVID W. KRUSE, MD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR
DAVID W. KRUSE, MD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Dr. Kruse holds two board certifications, sports medicine and family medicine, and practices as a Primary Care Sports Medicine specialist. Dr. Kruse’s clinical expertise includes non-operative orthopedics and sports medicine, general musculoskeletal care, sports concussion, general medical needs of the athlete, and musculoskeletal procedures including joint and tissue injections. Dr. Kruse also has special insight into the care of the injured gymnast or dancer.

Dr. Kruse grew up in Florida but followed his personal sports aspirations to the University of California, Berkeley, via a full athletic scholarship for gymnastics. While competing for Berkeley, he was a 3-time captain, 6-time All-American, UC Berkeley Male Student-Athlete of the Year, Pac 10 Medal Recipient, and won an NCAA Team Championship. He continued his gymnastics career after college, competing full-time internationally as a 4-time member of the USA Gymnastics Senior National Team.

After retiring from gymnastics, Dr. Kruse attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego and thereafter completed a residency in family medicine at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Kruse completed fellowship training in sports medicine at the University of Notre Dame.

Before joining the Orthopaedic Specialty Institute, Dr. Kruse practiced for 4 years at the University of California Irvine as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Family Medicine. He maintains a Volunteer Faculty position with UC Irvine in order to continue his active sports medicine teaching for medical students and residents. Dr. Kruse also serves as a resource for the community and provides many local lectures to various schools and community groups on a wide range of sports medicine topics. He also has multiple peer-reviewed journal and textbook publications on a wide range of sports medicine topics.

Dr. Kruse currently serves as the USA Gymnastics Athlete Care Coordinator and the USA Gymnastics Men’s National Team Physician. He is also a Team Physician for the University of California, Irvine, Biola University, The Orange County Soccer Club, Godinez Fundamental High School, and assists with coverage for Crean Lutheran High School. In addition, Dr. Kruse provides sports concussion consultation and care for Servite High School, Santa Ana College, Santiago Canyon College, Corona Del Mar High School, and other local sports programs.

Dr. Kruse is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Kruse’s outside interests include spending time with his wife Mindi and their two children, Alex and Lyla. He also enjoys yoga, surfing, playing guitar, and catching up on all sports by watching SportsCenter.

DR. JEFFREY RUSSELL,
PhD, AT, FIADMS
SENIOR CLINICAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Dr. Jeff Russell serves on the Athletic Training faculty at Ohio University and leads a multi-faceted performing arts medicine initiative—known as Science and Health in Artistic Performance, or SHAPe—that he designed for the university’s dance, music, theatre, and marching band programs. Through his work at the SHAPe Clinic and SHAPe Lab, he and his team of healthcare professionals and healthcare students care for 700 performing artists at the university and research a variety of topics related to the health and healthcare of performing artists. As part of this effort, they have pioneered concussion management in all disciplines of performing arts based on evidence translated from the sports concussion literature.  

Dr. Russell has more than 36 years of experience in sports medicine, orthopaedics, and performing arts medicine. He earned his PhD in Dance Medicine and Science from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, where he used x-rays and magnetic resonance imaging to explore the anatomy and motion of the ankle in female ballet dancers en pointe. His current research encompasses the medical aspects of performing arts, including concussions in theatre and entertainment, music-induced sound exposure, and joint hypermobility in musicians. He also is co-Founder and President of The Kardia Foundation, an international nonprofit organization that has served the healthcare profession since 1997. The primary work of the foundation at present is teaching leadership in healthcare. 

 

Dr. Russell speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to performing arts medicine, sports medicine, and healthcare leadership. He has published numerous scientific journal articles and book chapters. In 2017 he finished three consecutive two-year terms on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science, and four years on the STOP Sports Injuries Committee of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is a fellow of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science, and was a Bruning Teaching Fellow at Ohio University during the 2017–18 academic year. 

Dr. Russell and his wife Ruth live in Athens, Ohio, about 10 minutes from the university campus. They have been married for almost 36 years and enjoy cooking, being outdoors, hiking, canoeing, and traveling in America and abroad.

 
WORKSHOPS

The Hall Method can design single or multi-day workshops to suit the training needs of your population. Get in touch and we’ll work together to identify your goals and create a programs to achieve them.

Pricing is based on the workshop, location and number of students enrolled.

OUR WORKSHOPS ARE GREAT FOR
UPCOMING EVENTS

•    Professional dance companies 

•    College programs

•    Training programs and schools

•    Teacher trainings

•    Summer intensives

 

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