Thank you to Past President Andrea Downie, Board member Nicole Hamilton and member Kiah Brubacher-Cressman for their Healthy Dancer Canada workshop, Optimizing Dance Performance, at the New Blue Festival 18 on June 2, 2018.
Thank you to HDC Board member, Erika Mayall, for representing HDC at the Synergy Dance Competition and Convention Provincials in Coquitlam BC, May 27, 2018.
Join facilitators Andrea Downie, Nicole Hamilton, and Kiah Brubacher-Cressman for a Healthy Dancer Canada workshop, Optimizing Dance Performance, at the New Blue Festival in Toronto, Monday June 4th 2018, 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
Through movement and discussion, this workshop for dancers and teachers will look at the many physical and psychological tools available to help dancers optimize dance performance in the studio and on the stage. Topics include physical preparation and readiness, injury prevention and management, and psychological aspects of training and performance that contribute to dance excellence.
The Healthy Dancer Canada Resources Committee is creating new resources for/about adolescent dancers. The committee would appreciate your help in distributing a survey within your community.
Do you know adolescents who currently/formerly dance(d)? Would they be willing to participate in a short survey about their experience? If so, please share the HDC Adolescent Resource Development Survey link https://goo.gl/forms/pcrsRJOfnS6cjHyz1
Thank you to Conference Coordinator Hailey McLeod and the HDC Conference Committee for their excellent work on HDC's Annual Conference 2017, from November 10-12 in Calgary, AB. Canadian and international attendees and presenters enjoyed an educational weekend of eclectic performances, thought-provoking presentations, lively panel discussions, engaging workshops and plenty of networking opportunities.
Congratulations to Siobhan Mitchell, recipient of the 2017 HDC Research Award.
"I have a greater understanding of the issues involved in maintaining dancer wellness, particularly in young dancers. I enjoyed seeing young dancers, experienced dancers, teachers, and healthcare professionals come together to network and discuss how to make dance better for everyone. I particularly enjoyed the panel sessions, where people from a range of backgrounds (academic, studio-based, healthcare-based, performance-based) shared insights on the same question or challenge posed. I also thoroughly enjoyed attending an open rehearsal of Decidedly Jazz Dancework’s upcoming show, and appreciate how dance from the host city of the conference was represented.
I was particularly impacted by Erika Mayall's session about dance’s role in social media, and how what we endorse or post on social media impacts dancers’ aspirations for their bodies and careers. I am inspired to create positive content for social media in different ways moving forward. I also enjoyed the session on the healing power of hoop dancing, and would love to see dance from more cultures represented at these conferences in the future. I am grateful to the Healthy Dancer Canada Financial Assistance Program for providing me with funding to attend this conference." (Mariel, Masters Student)
HDC was well represented at the IADMS Conference in Houston, TX, October 12-15, 2017. Seen here are: HDC member Bonnie Robson; HDC Board of Directors Karen Sudds, David Outevsky, Erika Mayall, Nefeli Tsioutis; HDC Vice President Karine Rathle: our partner Safe in Dance International's Maggie Morris and Sonia Rafferty; Board of Director Sarah Kenny; and HDC member Tanya Berg.
HDC is at a world class competitive ballroom event. This is the first time a dance health organization is attending a DanceSport event!
Come enjoy the competition, set in one of Toronto’s most iconic ballrooms at the Fairmount Royal York hotel in downtown Toronto.
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