Healthy Dancer Canada is teaming up with Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and Royal Academy of Dance for this year's SunDance 2020 Summer Dance Intensive. We are pleased to be leading the twice-weekly Dance Discussions on healthy dance practice. Topics range from injury prevention and management to psychological skills for performance and stress management.
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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Are you dancing during isolation? Getting ready to return to the studio with distancing protocols in place? HDC partner organization, Safe in Dance International, has Guidance for Delivering and Taking Dance Classes Online. Also visit Dance/USA for three informational papers that offer guidance to help the dance sector navigate this challenging time.
Texas Tech University Associate Professor of Dance, Dr. Ali Duffy seeks participants in a research project about women’s negotiations of their careers in dance with pregnancy and/or motherhood. Participation in this study consists of an online survey which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, and a virtual (video conference or phone) 60-90 minute follow-up interview. Interview questions focus on the participants’ experiences in their careers in dance relevant to their experiences with pregnancy and/or motherhood. Participants’ names and contact information will be kept confidential and no names will be used in published or presented materials. The results of this research will be published in the forthcoming book, Dancing Motherhood: Contexts and Perspectives from Working Mothers in Dance, under contract with Routledge. To participate, individuals must: be over the age of 18, have experienced pregnancy and/or motherhood in any form (through pregnancy, surrogacy, adoption, etc.), and have held at least one job in the dance field during pregnancy and/or motherhood. Please participate by clicking on the survey link below. Please contact Dr. Ali Duffy (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. This study has been approved by the Human Research Protection Program Institutional Review Board at Texas Tech University.
With the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic closing borders, restricting travel and limiting large in-person events, Healthy Dancer Canada has made the difficult but responsible decision to cancel the Annual Conference which was set to take place in Vancouver August 28 - 30, 2020. Although this decision was not made lightly, it was made with the best interest of our members and community in mind. At a time when the world needs arts and culture more than ever, we look forward to supporting our community in different ways in the coming months, and welcoming you to our Annual Conference again in 2021.
HDC's newest resource Understanding Hypermobility in Dancers, by Dr. Linda Bluestein, is now available to the public. See all of our Dance Resources!
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Dancer: Lola Rose Jenkins
Healthy Dance Canada is pleased to announce the location of the next conference - Vancouver, BC in the fall of 2020. Dates and location will be posted soon. See you in Vancouver!
New article on hypermobility by HDC Immediate Past President, Andrea Downie. On-line and in the recent print issue of The Dance Current, Born Flexible: Managing Hypermobility provides practical tips for dancers.
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Dancers from Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre
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