On August 3rd and 4th, HDC participated in Dance Teacher Expo, which was held in Toronto. During the event, HDC member Dr. Tanya Berg gave a workshop on Dancer Screening for Dance Educators that was very well received! She was assisted by HDC Vice President Louis Laberge-Côté. Louis was also in charge of the HDC information booth on site. Many Dance Expo participants showed interest in our organization and asked for additional information. Thank you Tanya and Louis for representing HDC so well!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
HDC at SunDance 2020
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.
Please contact email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.
HDC is excited to share that President Karine Rathle and Board member Nicole Hamilton will be presenting two workshops at the upcoming Toronto Dance Teacher Expo, August 6-8, 2019.
Check out: Toronto Dance Teacher Expo or torontodanceteacherexpo.com for more information about registration for this great event!
HDC at New Blue in Toronto
Thank you to Past President Andrea Downie, Board member Nicole Hamilton and member Kiah Brubacher-Cressman for their Healthy Dancer Canada workshop, Optimizing Dance Performance, at the New Blue Festival 18 on June 2, 2018.
Thank you to HDC Board member, Erika Mayall, for representing HDC at the Synergy Dance Competition and Convention Provincials in Coquitlam BC, May 27, 2018.
Join facilitators Andrea Downie, Nicole Hamilton, and Kiah Brubacher-Cressman for a Healthy Dancer Canada workshop, Optimizing Dance Performance, at the New Blue Festival in Toronto, Monday June 4th 2018, 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
Through movement and discussion, this workshop for dancers and teachers will look at the many physical and psychological tools available to help dancers optimize dance performance in the studio and on the stage. Topics include physical preparation and readiness, injury prevention and management, and psychological aspects of training and performance that contribute to dance excellence.
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