Healthy Dancer Canada seeks leaders in dance the health, wellness and performance of dancers for our Board of Directors, Executive and Organizing Committees in 2023.
The BIPOC Advocacy Working Group is pleased to announce that our very first Emerging Artist Scholarship was awarded to Gabriela Ortiz! Gabriela Ortizis an emerging dance artist based on Treaty 1 territory and member of Mujer Artista, a Latin American group of artists located in Winnipeg, MB. She is currently obtaining her B.A in dance through the Theatre and Film department of the University of Winnipeg and the School of Contemporary Dancers. Gabriela has worked with choreographers like, Gaile Petursson-Hiley, Rossana Filomarino, Sarah Matry, Paula Blair and Jolene Bailie and has had the opportunity to collaborate with The Mariachi Ghost music band. Gabriela is the recipient of the "Talentos" scholarship provided by the Mexican government institution EDUCAFIN. Over the years she has also been a volunteer for different non-profit organizations like Mentores UG and Foro Inudacion located in Guanajuato, Mexico.
The BIPOC Advocacy Working Group was also able to offer another scholarship this year due to a generous donation from one of our members, K.V.K. Athletics Inc. Thank you so much for your participation in our program! Hayley Ng received this scholarship because of her desire dance but to also help dancers through herlove of science. Hayley is a Chinese Canadian ballet dancer, physiotherapy resident, and PhD student at the University of Toronto. She started dancing at age 3, and trained in pre-professional ballet throughout high school, where she competed in international ballet competitions and performed in various ballet productions. While obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University, she performed soloist roles with Hamilton City Ballet in full length ballets, such as Coppelia and the Sleeping Beauty, with her favourite being the lead role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. Furthermore, she choreographed ballet pieces for McMaster’s Recreational Dance Team. During her master’s, she continued her ballet training and launched her professional dance career, where she performed in virtual dance projects with the Dance: Corps company, as a dance artist for the Youth Day Global event, and as an artist in the Quarantine Qapsule digital archive on the Museum of Toronto website. Hayley is passionate in both dance and physiotherapy, as they both fill her soul in different ways. Dance provides an opportunity for her to express herself artistically, while physiotherapy provides an opportunity to help others regain their independence and improve their mobility. As she works on her PhD in using dance as a rehabilitation tool for people post-stroke, while continuing her pursuit of dancing professionally, she hopes to integrate her passions together in her future career.
We would also like to acknowledge Emily Duckett and Swadhi Ranganee Thanabalasingam for their applications and participation in our Emerging Artist Scholarship application. All artists will be receiving an HDC membership as well as mentorship from some of our HDC members.
We have seen the struggles and resiliency of dancers, dance educators and healthcare professionals as you have adapted to a continually changing environment. We have watched you rise to the challenge of finding new ways to teach and take dance classes online, consult with clients, share performances virtually, and build community. We applaud your creativity and perseverance!
Healthy Dancer Canada is here to help you rebuild and reconnect. We are committed to giving back and helping support the Canadian dance sector as we venture forward. As such, we are offering a significant discount on our annual membership from December 16, 2020, through January 31, 2021. Save 50% on studio/clinic and individual Healthy Dancer Canada memberships by using the discount code welcometohdc50 when you register!
Your membership not only gives you access to practical resources for improving dance performance, reducing injuries, and handling stress but it also connects you with a network of dance healthcare providers and like-minded dance educators and artists who care about dancers' health and wellbeing. We invite you to join us in our efforts to connect the dance community and provide much needed resources that support dancers, dance teachers, and dance healthcare professionals to improve the health and wellbeing of ALL dancers.
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Congratulations to Donna Krasnow, winner of the 2020 IADMS Dance Educator Award! Dr. Krasnow is one of HDC's founding members and an internationally recognized dance educator, researcher and author. Congratulations!
We are thrilled to announce that two of HDCs founding members, Donna Krasnow and Andrea Downie, are on the list of nominees for this years IADMS Dance Educator Award! Congratulations!! Check out the full list on IADMS Facebook page and below.
The IADMS Dance Educators' Committee is very excited to share the nominees for the 2020 Dance Educator Award! These 22 astounding educators were nominated by their colleagues and students for masterfully integrating principles of Dance Medicine and Science into their teaching practice and inspiring future generations of dance teachers to do the same. Nominators spoke passionately about these studio teachers, clinicians, healthcare providers, coaches, and classroom lecturers. Each of these professionals has devoted themselves to improving the health and performance of dancers through education and we thank them all for their service. The winner of the Dance Educator Award will be announced this October.
Please, join us in celebrating these educators:
Daan van den Akker
Hyp-Access (Audre Wirtanen & Laura Tuthall)
Healthy Dancer Canada has issued a Statement on Racism as well as published a new resource, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Resources with a dance-specific focus. We invite our members and the wider dance community to share this resource, and are open to feedback on how we can improve both.
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Photograph by Luca Papini Photography
Dancers from Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre
We are delighted to introduce HDC's Board of Directors for 2019:
Jennifer Bezaire, Andrea Downie (Immediate Past-President), Nicole Hamilton, Sarah Kenny (Secretary), Louis Laberge-Côté, Jo-Anne La Flèche, Sara Lawson, Erika Mayall, Sandro Rajic, Karine Rathle (President) and Karen Sudds.
We would like to thank Nefeli Tsiouti for her contributions to the Board in 2018.
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