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.
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)
Continuing Professional Development for Dance Teachers - Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Ottawa
June 22 to 25, 2017 is the annual meeting of The Réseau d'enseignement de la Danse (RED) https://red-danse.ca/evenement/rencontre-red-2017/ (french only). This continuous professional development for dance teachers will once again gather great teachers who will share their knowledge with dancers and teachers from around Québec. HDC Vice President Karine Rathle will be giving a workshop on warm ups and cool downs, valuable information on safe teaching practices for dancers of all genres.
"Dancing affords many benefits but also provides many challenges. Dancers need support from people who understand their passion and can help them manage the demands of dancing. A strong support network contributes to a dancer’s success, health, and sense of well-being." Learn more about how to support dancers as they navigate the benefits and challenges of dance, in HDC's resource Providing Support to Dancers.
Healthy Dancer Canada is pleased to endorse the Level 1 C-I Training Teacher Course & Certification in Toronto, July 29-Aug 3, 2017.
Healthy Dancer Canada is pleased to endorse the upcoming workshop series, Safe Dance Practice, in Toronto this spring.
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