Hypermobile dancers webinar
HYPERMOBILE DANCERS WEBINAR:
While an asset in many dance forms, hypermobility can also present dancers with distinct physical and psychological challenges. Based on the most current research, this workshop will provide information about the signs, symptoms, and evaluation of hypermobility. Participants will also learn to address the special needs of hypermobile dancers, providing the necessary support, management, and training to help them avoid injuries and achieve their maximum potential. Join for the first quarterly webinar of 2023, on March 26, with Linda Bluestein, MD.
Dr. Bluestein is an international speaker on the forefront of research on pain, hypermobility and dance medicine. An integrative medicine physician with certification in Performing Arts Medicine, she takes a unique approach to the evaluation and treatment of this highly specialized population. Dr. Bluestein received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine followed by the completion of an anesthesiology residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. She is board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Note: This webinar is listed in Eastern Time. The zoom meeting will also be recorded for registrants that are unable to attend live.
HDC BIPOC Emerging Artist Scholarship 2023: Call for Applicants and Nominations
Applications are now open for The Healthy Dancer Canada BIPOC Emerging Artist Scholarship! An initiative created to support emerging BIPOC artists pursuing careers in dance, this scholarship aims to address existing barriers faced by BIPOC artists, and improve access to supports that will further racialized artists in their professional pursuits.
This opportunity is open to BIPOC artists ages 18-30 who self-identify as emerging/early-stage professional dance artists in any and all genres. Both independent submissions (applying for yourself) and nominations (on behalf of another qualifying artist) will be accepted.
Applicants may also express interest in HDC’s Mentorship Program, which will pair the emerging artist with an established dance professional in a mentoring relationship for approximately six months. The Mentorship Program aspires to offer further professional advice, guidance, resources, and emotional/social support to BIPOC artists in the early stages of their dance career.
See the print document to learn more and to complete the BIPOC Emerging Artist Scholarship application. Submissions are due by May 1st, 2023.
Equity-Informed Dancer WelLness
National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) has made HDC founding member and Past President Andrea Downie's article Equity-Informed Dancer Wellness open-access for the months of August and September. Read the article at Journal of Dance Education: Full article: Equity-Informed Dancer Wellness (tandfonline.com).
Healthy Dancer Canada is pleased to announce our new BIPOC Emerging Artist Scholarship Program! This new scholarship aims to address existing and/or anticipated barriers faced by BIPOC artists pursuing careers in dance, and to improve access to supports that will further racialized artists in their professional pursuits.
The dire discrepancy between opportunities available for White versus BIPOC artists is not only evidenced in the lived experience of these artists, but one further evidenced by rigorous scholarly research. According to 2016 research by Data USA, approximately 79.5 percent of female-identifying ballet dancers are white, while only 6.72 percent are African American. Data USA also found that among post-secondary ballet students, white students earned 90.7% of Bachelor’s degrees and 75% of Master’s degrees awarded in this field in 2019. Another recent study by Hill Strategies on the Demographic Diversity of Artists in Canada in 2016 found that Indigenous artists make a median income of 68 cents for every $1 for non-Indigenous artists, while racialized artists make a median income of 72 cents for every $1 for non-racialized artists. These numbers not only clearly demonstrate the lack of diversity in the professional ballet world, but also exemplify concerning trends in the dance world at large that are in urgent need of addressing.
Interested applicants may also express interest in HDC’s Mentorship Program, which will pair the emerging artist with an established dance professional in a mentoring relationship for six hour-long meetings over a designated six-month period (six sessions total). The Mentorship Program aspires to offer further professional advice, guidance, resources, and emotional/social support to BIPOC artists in the early stages of their dance career.
Submit applications and nominations to email@example.com. Submission deadline: January 1, 2022. Successful applicants/nominees will receive a response not later than February 1st, 2022.
New Workshops, New Resource
Healthy Dancer Canada is pleased to announce three new workshops!
We are also pleased to share our newest resource Nutrition Tips for Dancers by Marie Scioscia, currently available to members through early-access on the members-only page. We also now have available to the public Encouraging Continued Participation in Dance at Adolescence by Siobhan Mitchell on the open dance resources page.
BIPOC Dance for Health
HDC member Dr. Blessyl Buan has initiated the BIPOC for Dance Health Directory. The intention of the directory is to provide a resource for BIPOC dancers and dance artists to find a support system to address and validate their unique needs. Visit the directory at drblessyl.com/bipoc-for-dance-health.
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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