Would you like to communicate more effectively with your health care practitioner / patient? See HDC's Dance Resource Translating the Language of Dance and Science.
Continuing Professional Development for Dance Teachers - Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Ottawa
"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.
"A simple yet effective way to manage anxious feelings is to use the breath. Take 1 to 2 very slow, deep breaths into the abdomen to the count of 1-2-3-4, hold for 1-2, and breathe out 1-2-3-4. This will elicit a relaxation response that counteracts the physical symptoms, and produces a relaxation response in the brain. It may be necessary to repeat the breathing cycle a few times, with regular breathing cycles in between, to achieve an adequate response. It is important to breathe evenly and slowly. If you feel yourself getting lightheaded, slow your breathing down even more."
Interested in more tools to manage stress? Check out HDC's resource 10 Stress Management Tools for Your Dance Bag.
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.
FreeFlow Dance Theatre in Saskatoon launched their new BodyWorker program. This pilot program is designed to support dance artists' health so that we can prevent and rehabilitate injuries, mitigate health risks, and dance longer and stronger! The program kicked off with with HDC Screening and collaborative communication utilizing HDC's Screening Tools and HDC's Communication Form Dance Resource.
HDC Board of Director and dance artist, Jennifer Bezaire, participated in the screen with her fellow company artists this weekend. Well done FreeFlow! Kudos for prioritizing dancer health and facilitating communication and collaboration between the dance community and health care professionals. HDC wishes you a happy, healthy dance season!
Special thank you to Paula Sather from Mackie Physiotherapy, Kathy Bond from Saskatoon Pilates, Janis Bassingthwaighte from Bassingthwaighte Therapeutic Massage Clinic, and Kathy Morgan from The Mitzvah Technique for participating!
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