Are you an Irish dancer who is...
Not happy with your competition results? Do you keep getting the same comments from teachers and adjudicators? Are you getting lost in the shuffle?
Target Training is here to help.
Target Training's Online Institute offers specially designed programming to increase the strength and power you need to overcome obstacles and take yourself to that next level.
- Improve your overall Irish dance technique through our signature strength and conditioning program, The 20 Minute Workout.
- Target specific areas of improvement (turnout, leaps, crossover, toe height, etc) through our Irish Dance Skills classes.
- TWO new videos posted every month starting Feb. 2017
Long time competitive and professional Irish dancer and instructor, Ellen G. Waller, has dedicated her life to Irish dance. Her talent as a dancer has lead her to perform for thousands across the world and her passion as an Irish dance instructor has influenced innumerable young dancers.
As a young dancer, Ellen recognized the unique physical and mental challenges encountered by elite dancers and athletes. Determined to learn more about supporting young dancers and athletes, she returned to school to complete her Masters of Science in Exercise Science.
Coupling her in-depth experience as an Irish dancer/instructor with her expansive knowledge of kinesiology, Ellen developed the innovative Target Training program; a series of courses and training methods that condition the specific muscles Irish dancers need to
- optimize performance;
- improve technique;
- prevent injuries;
- overcome physical and mental challenges;
- perform and compete at an elite level.
How strength & conditioning propelled Ellen's dance career
I was in junior high and my dancing had already hit a wall. I had great ambitions but didn't know the steps I needed to take to reach my goals.
Does this sound familiar?
Around this time, my dance teacher started exposing us to a variety of complimentary training. We began working with the "Queen Bee" of Dance Medicine and injury prevention, Jacqui Haas, and accomplished trainer, Peg Hofmann. We learned about proper body mechanics and how to strengthen the dance specific muscles we needed to improve our technique and form. This training became an integral part of our weekly routine. Then….
I remember the exact moment where I could feel the effects of their training. I stepped out to do a step for my teacher and in the first jump I felt in control, I felt strong, and I felt powerful.
I became obsessed with the cause and effect relationship between this type of training and the positive effect it had on my dance technique. It propelled my dancing career and drove me to realize my goals of competing at the World Championships and tour the world as a professional Irish dancer. I spent over 25 years living my dream as a world class competitor and instructor with the McGing Irish dancers and professional dancer with the Trinity Irish Dance Company and instructor with the Trinity Academy.
While I was teaching, I began noticing my own dancers hitting plateaus, needing an extra push, and struggling to fully realize their goals. I knew just what they needed - targeted physical and cognitive training specific to Irish dancers.
My fire was ignited and I wanted to learn everything I could to help dancers accelerate their training and reach their full potential. I returned to school to complete my Masters in Exercise Science and the rest is history.
StartGoal Setting Worksheet
StartExercise Prescription - what videos should I use to help with specific skills?
StartVIDEO: Laying the Groundwork - alignment, core concepts, & terminology (2:40)
Start3 Month Training Plan
Start5 for 5 Challenge | 5 minutes a day for 5 weeks
StartFoundational Strength (29 mins) (28:55)
Start10 Minute Full Body Blast (12:01)
Start20 Minute Workout - Level 1 (20:33)
Start20 Minute Workout - Level 2 (18:41)
Start20 Minute Workout - Level 3 (20:45)
Start20 Minute Workout - Partner Workout (17:15)
Start20 Minute Endurance Training - Audio Guide
Start45 Minute Class (44:44)
StartResistance Band Full Body Workout (9:30 mins) (9:41)
StartStrength training with an ankle or leg injury (15:16)
"Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for offering an on-line training program for Irish dancers! I ordered it last night and my dancer was so incredibly excited! We are excited to have this option where she can do this at home in conjunction with her practicing. We hope you will be offering extensive summer programming, as I know our dancer wants to take your class in person. But this helps us out so much and allows her to cross train in a more manageable way for our family. THANK YOU!"
- Irish dance parent
“I just signed my daughter up and I’m thoroughly impressed with your welcome packet, the goal setting element, calendar and the visualization module. It’s clearly written, accessible & exudes positivity. She did the 10 Minute Turnout workout today. Can’t wait to see how my dancer is able to do the workouts and the effect to her dancing. Thank you for providing a much-needed resource!”
- Irish dance parent
"I just tried out your online program and found it very easy to use. I did the Level 1 - 20 Minute Workout and the Turnout video as well! I loved doing all of the exercises and I also liked how you explained everything thoroughly! I just printed out the goal setting worksheets and cannot wait to fill them out!! I am excited to do even more Target Training videos!!!"
- Dancer, age 13