PAMA Webinar

Breaking: An Introduction to Breaking Prior to the Paris 2024 Olympics

Sunday, April 28, 2024

8:00 am PT

11:00 am ET

4:00 pm UK

About this Webinar

Breaking: An Introduction to Breaking Prior to the Paris 2024 Olympics – Sunday, April 28, 2024

Breaking (a.k.a. breakdance as known by the media) is the first ever dance genre to enter the Olympic Games, initiating its inclusion in Paris 2024. The discussion regarding breaking being an artform versus a sport has been a main theme for the community of breakers; Join us as we discuss the blessings and the challenges of Breaking entering the Olympics, as well as where the community is today as far as dance medicine and health.


Stephane Fizaine is a physiotherapist and manual therapist since 2011. He is a caring therapist, mindful and motivated to maximize the individual potential of each dancer. He defends a practice of healthy dance which aims at reaching performance while preserving the body. He educates his patients to self-management and always try to show how to use their own resources to improve themselves.

He has been passionate about dance for over 20 years, with a strong focus on Breaking, and developed his skills on human body for over 15 years. When he started to dance, he didn’t have any knowledge about anatomy, physiology or all what should be required to manage his body when practicing sport. Since 2018, he has been directing his physiotherapist practice more and more towards dancers. He wants to help them to learn and use as much information as possible, something he personally missed when he was young.

In 2018, he co-founded the “Respect your Dancer” project, with the aim to educate dancers in becoming aware of their body and learning to take care about it, but also helping them in rehabilitation phase after injury (also how to prevent it). To know more :

Since 2021, he works with dancer’s athletes supported by the Sport’s Dance Wallonie-Bruxelles Federation and enrolled in the Regional training plan to qualify as Olympics’ Athlete for Paris 2024. In 2022 Stephane joined Project Breakalign.

Nefeli Tsiouti, PT, MA, MSc, FHEA

Nefeli was born in Australia. She started dance in 1995 in Cyprus and danced professionally in Athens & London between 2006-2016, mostly within the genres of contemporary, hip-hop, breaking and hip-hop dance theatre. She studied: BA French Language & Literature (University of Athens), BSc Physiotherapy (European University Cyprus), MA Choreography (Middlesex University), MSc Dance Science (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance), supported by 3 scholarships from Trinity Laban, Sports Massage Therapy Diploma (Sports Therapy UK) and she is soon completing a Geriatrics Diploma. She is the Founder and Manager of Project Breakalign, a prevention of injuries international research project for dancers, with specific research work on breakers since 2013. Moreover, she is a dancer & Choreographer, and she received the award Sports Therapist of the Year 2018 from the International Federation of Holistic therapists. She was a finalist at Famelab Cyprus 2018, scientific competition and she won 1st Prize and Most Innovative idea Prize at the EUC-Peak entrepreneurship competition for start-ups in 2018 in Cyprus. Her dance training has spread from ballet to hip-hop/Breaking. She has performed and toured the UK/Europe with dance theatre companies from the UK. She has taught in dance schools and Universities since 2006 in Greece, London, Cambridge, Cyprus and provided guest lectures across Europe, USA, Canada & Hong-Kong. Nefeli has a mission of reducing the risk of injuries, offering longevity for a healthy career to dancers and has been awarded many scholarships and grants to support this vision. She is the organiser of the Dance Science Conference in Cyprus since 2018 and she has recently been awarded a Fellowship of Higher Education (FHEA) for her academic work; she is currently a scientific collaborator at the School of Medicine of the European University Cyprus, and the Frankfurt branch. She is also a Licensed judge on the systems of Threefold and Level A judging systems of WDSF for the Olympic Games.


This recording will be available to everyone until May 30, 2024. After that, it will be available to members only.