The HDC Conference Committee is looking for members to join the committee to help with the organization of our 10th Annual Conference 2018 in Toronto this fall! If you are interested in joining this committee, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are delighted to introduce to HDC's Board of Directors 2018:
Jennifer Bezaire, Andrea Downie (Immediate Past-President, Treasurer), Nicole Hamilton, Sarah Kenny (Secretary), Jo-Anne La Flèche, Sara Lawson, Erika Mayall, Sandro Rajic, Karine Rathle (President 2018-2020), Karen Sudds and Nefeli Tsiouti.
We would like to thank David Outevsky for his contributions to the Board in 2017.
The HDC Resources Committee is pleased to share one of our new 2017 resources, A Guide to Neutral Pelvis, Core Support, and Trunk Stabilization, authored by one of HDC's founding members, Donna Krasnow, and co-author Virginia Wilmerding. It features the new look of HDC's resources, designed by Michael Ripley of Talented Mr. Find it on the Dance Resources page.
Inica Dance Industries is hosting a health workshop on January 21, 2018 from 3-6 PM at Winchester Street Theatre. Guest speakers and HDC founding members Andrea Downie and Dr. Bonnie Robson will focus on supplementary training, psychological training, and more. Open to the general public. RAD teachers receive 3 hrs CPD. Visit http://www.inicadance.com/register-for-classes-and-workshops?platform=hootsuite.
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
HDC President Andrea Downie's most recent article, Toward a Scope of Practice [of Dance Teachers], was just published in Dance International magazine's Winter 2017 issue, page 38. The article posits that dance teachers have a responsibility "to know and understand the extent of their expertise and to operate within those limits." On shelves now!
(Downie with dancers from Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. Photo: Deborah Lundmark)
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)
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