The Ballet Physio

Unlock your best ballet form with Luke’s safe, science-based online & in studio ballet facility & rehabilitation programmes.

About

Luke Abnett is The Ballet Physio

Luke, The Ballet Physio, worked at the Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden, London for six years. It was during this time that Luke developed his passion for helping ballet dancers achieve their true physical potential.

In addition to managing student injuries, Luke also drove the development of elite-level healthcare at the Royal Ballet School through:

which linked both upper and lower school sites with the Royal Ballet company.

including sports medicine physicians, GP, dietician, podiatrist and massage therapy.

incorporating fitness training and pilates.

Now working exclusively in private practice, Luke truly enjoys the challenge of bringing world-class healthcare to young dancers outside of major institutions. As well as treating injuries, he also enjoys identifying issues that are limiting a dancer’s potential. In fact, Luke often receives reports from teachers praising how quickly their dancers turnout, posture, extensions and allegro have improved after attending a Ballet Physio programme.

Areas of expertise

Ballet injuries. Ballet facility enhancement and accelerating physical progress. Hyper-mobility. Scoliosis. Bone stress rehabilitation. Joint impingements.

Luke is a sought-after presenter on ballet healthcare. He lists the following contributions to the discussion among healthcare practitioners and dancers alike:

English Institute of Sport, conference presenter

British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine, conference presenter

Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine, conference presenter

British Journal of Sports Medicine, blogger

University College London, visiting lecturer

University of East London, visiting lecturer

Sander Blommaert Podcast (former Royal Ballet First Artist and Elmhurst ballet teacher), podcaster

Help4Dancers app, contributor

SciDance Podcast, podcaster

Online Ballet Academy Podcast, podcaster

Dancing Times, contributor

Luke was a house parent for second and third year students whist at the Royal Ballet School. In this role he counselled students through auditions, performances, homesickness, as well as the pressures of elite ballet training.

After leaving the school, Luke co-created the Dance Medicine Clinic at Prime Health in Surrey.

Outside of his work at the Ballet Physio, Luke treats patients at Covent Garden Physio in Somerset House, London. He enjoys his close work with Young Dancers Academy, Blommaert Ballet School, Academy of Balletic Arts, Ballet Boost, Dance Gems, South London Dance Studios, Rhodes Academy of Dance and Lawlor School of Dance.

Did you know?

Luke is originally Australian and trained at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He worked with adolescent sports teams in rowing, tennis, running, gymnastics and volleyball.

Beyond the world of ballet, Luke is Head of Music and Performance and Resident Choreographer at the London Gay Men’s Chorus. He is also a freelance choir choreographer and a show director for youth musical theatre company Rare Productions.

Luke currently balances his work delivering private consultations plus online and in-person group classes. He also treats non-dance sports injuries as well as postural problems, and offers vocal physiotherapy for singers.

How can The Ballet Physio help you?

Luke’s science-based approach along with his encouraging and uplifting nature will provide you with a programme experience that is both effective and enjoyable. What type of service would you like to learn more about?

Meet the Ballet Physio team

We are a small team passionate about the art of dance and dedicated to helping young dancers achieve their full potential.

We aim to provide the best classes, treatment and service possible. Please get in touch with us with any questions and suggestions you may have, we are always happy to help.

Caroline

Administration Assistant

Caroline trained at Performers College and worked professionally as a dancer for a number of years. In addition to this, Caroline also has an extensive experience of working as an instructor and group exercise teacher in the Fitness industry. Most recently Caroline worked for the Royal Academy of Dance as the Dance School Manager and Head of Training where she looked after a variety of student activities, from the daily dance classes to holiday workshops and international dance schools. Caroline loves working with dance students of all ages.

Irina

Social Media Strategy & Advertising

Irina trained in Russian Classical Ballet, and has an extensive Business Development, Sales and Marketing background, both within and outside the Performing Arts sector. Irina has worked with companies such as British Airways, London Children’s Ballet, Ballet Boost, Natalia Kremen Ballet School, Dansez, to mention just a few. Irina loves using her passion for design and communications to help Performing Arts businesses build their digital brand identity as well as create and nurture engaging online communities.