THE RNH SENIOR ACADEMY
WHAT IS IT?
The Reaching New Heights Junior Academy is a state of the art fitness training and learning platform offering Irish dancers aged 15+ world class fitness training designed to specifically enhance and maximise their Irish dance performance!
The 24 weeks of training is broken down into 3 x 8-week training blocks that each focus on a different aspect of fitness but combined make up the perfect dancer.
The Academy is solely based on producing results and so each phase starts and ends with its own fitness tests so that all progress can be measured from start to finish.
On completion of week 24, each dancer will graduate and become part of the RNH members area where they will receive ongoing help, support, and mentorship in the areas of dance, fitness, mindset and injury prevention from our team of experts.
The Senior Academy training is designed to develop all the performance skills required as a dancer focusing on building speed, power, sharpness, stamina and height!
WHAT EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED?
The Senior Academy is designed to run with minimal equipment but where we deem a piece of equipment necessary for optimal results it has been included.
In phase 1 all that is required for everyone are flexibility bands, an outdoor running space and access to a spin bike or a step (mid shin height). For optimal results based on your own personal fitness levels we recommend running the Academy with a heart rate monitor (which we discuss upon joining) but this is optional.
For older dancers Phase 2 and 3 will see the inclusion of gym based work on the strength session, but those who do not have access to a gym or who are younger will be shown alternative resistance band work that can be completed at home.
DOES THIS COURSE WORK ALONGSIDE MY CURRENT DANCE CLASS?
Yes, absolutely. The fitness training that you will undergo has been designed to work perfectly alongside your current dance classes to make up the perfect training programme for a dancer. In fact, in the early weeks of the academy, we will help you design your weekly training schedule so that you can be sure to fit everything in and still have sufficient recovery days in place.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE JUNIOR AND SENIOR ACADEMIES?
Whilst the Junior Academy focuses on the foundational skills required to be a top dancer the Senior Academy is much more advanced and focuses on developing a world class dancer. Not only is the course longer in duration but the training intensity is much greater and each phase has a strong element of theory learning to be completed. This is something that the Junior Academy does not have.
The Senior Academy is for ages 15+ and requires the determination to succeed!
HOW THE ACADEMY WORKS
Once you register for this program, you will input your username and password and automatically be greeted by your student dashboard along with your welcome and overview videos by Lauren. These videos will explain in detail the training and education you are about to undergo over the next 6 months. Your student dashboard will be your homepage, thus allowing you to check your progress and how much of the course is yet to be completed. You will also be able to see the number of active members and how close you are to graduate alongside everyone else.
As you know, the course is divided into three training phases:
- Phase 1 – General Preparation Phase
- Phase 2 – Specific Preparation Phase 1a
- Phase 3 – Specific Preparation Phase 1b
It is well-known in the strength and conditioning world that the most effective way to train an athlete for optimal performance is to progress through the three training phases listed above.
The aim of phase 1 (8 weeks) is to provide you with a solid foundation on which we can build upon in the later phases. The GP phase is to make sure you possess a very high level of general aerobic fitness, strength, mobility and flexibility as well as a basic understanding of nutrition. This is important because each training phase is used as a springboard for you to learn the other phases other phases feeds the next one and so in order to learn the other phases. Phase 2 & 3 are specific training phases. That is, they are specific to the requirements of an Irish dancer. While phase 1 training is based on general fitness, phase 2 and 3 are tailored exactly to dancers’ needs, thus allowing you to train the correct energy systems and muscle actions used in our sport. This also means that you can be faster and stronger on stage for longer periods!
At RNH we understand that for real change to occur each dancer must be accountable to their training and goals. This is why all members will receive bi-weekly check-ins from Lauren to ensure that constant progress is being made and motivation remains at an all-time high. There is also 24-hour support from all RNH team members.
All Premium members will receive a free RNH Senior Academy welcome pack. The pack includes the brand new black ’turning dancers into athletes t-shirt’ along with your very own RNH Academy Folder for all of your learning materials and certificates.
TEACHERS & ORGANISATIONS
As a teacher, school or organisation we offer the option to join the Academy via a group licensing subscription which will include multiple users.
For teachers seeking individual education we are currently developing a RNH Teachers Academy that will launch early 2018.
Teachers are not permitted to join the existing Academy as this is intended for dancers only and the training is designed to be completed away from class in a gym based environment. You would instead wait and join the RNH Teacher Academy that will provide you with the training and education designed for specific class based training and the development of a dancer.
For more information on the Teachers Academy click here.
WHAT IF IT IS NOT FOR ME?
RNH has no interest in being paid for something we bring no value to. The Academy is designed with the sole purpose of providing you with world-class training & education so that you can get world-class results. However, if you feel we offer you no significant value, you will always have the option to leave the academy at any stage.
Each dancer is recommended to set aside 2-3 hours for the practical training each week and up to 1 hour for theory learning. The total course time each week will be around 3.5 hours per week.
Premium Subscription £250
The RNH Academy consists of 3 phases of training & education. The cost of the Premium Subscription is a one off payment of only £250 and is payable upon enrollment.
Premium students will have access to all of the content at the beginning of the course and will receive their very own exclusive RNH Academy welcome pack.
Monthly Subscription (6 Payments) £50
The RNH Academy consists of 3 phases of training & education. The cost of the monthly subscription is £50 per month and it is payable at the beginning of each month.
Phase members will be drip fed the content on a month by month basis and must start from phase 1. Monthly subscriptions do not include a RNH Academy welcome pack.
GENERAL PREPARATION PHASE
SPECIFIC PREPARATION PHASE A
SPECIFIC PREPARATION PHASE B
What Others Have Said
By: Kristin McConnell
I just began last week and I'm noon g week one. I'm already feeling stronger and my director is very excited to see the results. I'm having issues with my resistance bands. I suspect they're too short. I'm going to continue to explore and solve this. Thank you, Lauren and Robert!