Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is a strength and conditioning programme designed to complement and enhance dance training. It was created and developed by Australian ballet teacher Marie Walton-Mahon in collaboration with a team of physiotherapists. PBT techniques and exercises can be taught within lessons, as well as in separate PBT classes.
When used properly, and under the guidance of a certified teacher, PBT can help ‘to improve students' understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment’. This works by helping pupils to feel the activation of the correct muscle groups, which can then be applied to their ballet work. And – it’s fun! Lessons involve the use of equipment such as fit balls (Pilates balls) and resistance bands, all of which make for an interesting addition to a pupils dance learning journey, and their understanding of anatomy and the science of movement.
Marie has developed PBT programmes for children of all levels and ages. She has also created a series designed specifically for adults. In addition to ballet-focused PBT, there is now also a Contemporary Dance PBT programme. These very successful systems are now used by ballet pupils and professional dancers across the world