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.
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)
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.
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