We have seen the struggles and resiliency of dancers, dance educators and healthcare professionals as you have adapted to a continually changing environment. We have watched you rise to the challenge of finding new ways to teach and take dance classes online, consult with clients, share performances virtually, and build community. We applaud your creativity and perseverance!
Healthy Dancer Canada is here to help you rebuild and reconnect. We are committed to giving back and helping support the Canadian dance sector as we venture forward. As such, we are offering a significant discount on our annual membership from December 16, 2020, through January 31, 2021. Save 50% on studio/clinic and individual Healthy Dancer Canada memberships by using the discount code welcometohdc50 when you register!
Your membership not only gives you access to practical resources for improving dance performance, reducing injuries, and handling stress but it also connects you with a network of dance healthcare providers and like-minded dance educators and artists who care about dancers' health and wellbeing. We invite you to join us in our efforts to connect the dance community and provide much needed resources that support dancers, dance teachers, and dance healthcare professionals to improve the health and wellbeing of ALL dancers.
Click the link below to register today (don't forget to use the discount code above).
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.
Congratulations to Donna Krasnow, winner of the 2020 IADMS Dance Educator Award! Dr. Krasnow is one of HDC's founding members and an internationally recognized dance educator, researcher and author. Congratulations!
We are thrilled to announce that two of HDCs founding members, Donna Krasnow and Andrea Downie, are on the list of nominees for this years IADMS Dance Educator Award! Congratulations!! Check out the full list on IADMS Facebook page and below.
The IADMS Dance Educators' Committee is very excited to share the nominees for the 2020 Dance Educator Award! These 22 astounding educators were nominated by their colleagues and students for masterfully integrating principles of Dance Medicine and Science into their teaching practice and inspiring future generations of dance teachers to do the same. Nominators spoke passionately about these studio teachers, clinicians, healthcare providers, coaches, and classroom lecturers. Each of these professionals has devoted themselves to improving the health and performance of dancers through education and we thank them all for their service. The winner of the Dance Educator Award will be announced this October.
Please, join us in celebrating these educators:
Daan van den Akker
Hyp-Access (Audre Wirtanen & Laura Tuthall)
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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Are you dancing during isolation? Getting ready to return to the studio with distancing protocols in place? HDC partner organization, Safe in Dance International, has Guidance for Delivering and Taking Dance Classes Online. Also visit Dance/USA for three informational papers that offer guidance to help the dance sector navigate this challenging time.
Texas Tech University Associate Professor of Dance, Dr. Ali Duffy seeks participants in a research project about women’s negotiations of their careers in dance with pregnancy and/or motherhood. Participation in this study consists of an online survey which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, and a virtual (video conference or phone) 60-90 minute follow-up interview. Interview questions focus on the participants’ experiences in their careers in dance relevant to their experiences with pregnancy and/or motherhood. Participants’ names and contact information will be kept confidential and no names will be used in published or presented materials. The results of this research will be published in the forthcoming book, Dancing Motherhood: Contexts and Perspectives from Working Mothers in Dance, under contract with Routledge. To participate, individuals must: be over the age of 18, have experienced pregnancy and/or motherhood in any form (through pregnancy, surrogacy, adoption, etc.), and have held at least one job in the dance field during pregnancy and/or motherhood. Please participate by clicking on the survey link below. Please contact Dr. Ali Duffy (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. This study has been approved by the Human Research Protection Program Institutional Review Board at Texas Tech University.
With the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic closing borders, restricting travel and limiting large in-person events, Healthy Dancer Canada has made the difficult but responsible decision to cancel the Annual Conference which was set to take place in Vancouver August 28 - 30, 2020. Although this decision was not made lightly, it was made with the best interest of our members and community in mind. At a time when the world needs arts and culture more than ever, we look forward to supporting our community in different ways in the coming months, and welcoming you to our Annual Conference again in 2021.
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