"Under this method, young dancers learn how to cope with the physical and emotional demands of dancing through preventative conditioning, a clear understanding of their individual strengths and limitations and a detailed knowledge of dance technique."
Yoko Ichino, the deviser of that technique, is also Mrs David Nixon.
Nixon is highly regarded as a choreographer. While I can't say that I have liked all his work he is the author of two masterpieces. One is A Midsummer Night's Dream which I reviewed as follows in Realizing Another Dream on 15 Sept 2013:
"Perhaps the best way to start this review is at the end. I could not help rising to my feet as the cast took their bows. And I was not the only one. The English, unlike Americans, are very slow to give standing ovations (except at party conferences) and I have only seen other in my lifetime. That was a special evening for Sir Frederick Ashton at Covent Garden in July 1970 when he retired as director of the Royal Ballet. It seems from the tweets and video that Northern Ballet's short season at West Yorkshire Playhouse (6 to 14 Sept 2013) has also been very special."
"it took my breath away. I have seen a fair selection of Nixon's work and in my humble opinion Madame Butterfly is his masterpiece.
Whether Nixon takes up a new appointment or retires I wish him all the best for the future.