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Healthy Dance Practice and Performance

July 13, 5-7 pm, Opening Reception, Main Campus Center, 7th floor, 1000 Lenora St., Seattle, WA
July 14, 8 am – 6 pm, Course, Notions Building, 1001 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA

The price of this class is $125.

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Presented by the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science and Cornish College of the Arts

IADMS course Healthy Dance Practice and Performance offers sessions that provide the basic essentials and practical strategies for designing and delivering dance training that promotes the dancer’s health and wellbeing.

Sessions include:

  • Alignment and Anatomy, an overview of anatomy will describe alignment for dancers that may reduce the risk of injury while enhancing technique.  Common misalignments and muscle imbalances will be discussed.  The session will provide teaching strategies for assessment and correction, including exercises and imagery work.
  • Sequencing the Dance Class will look at the importance of age-appropriate and physique-appropriate work, and how differentiation could enhance the training experience to optimize studio time.  It will consider movements that are contraindicated for varying dance populations, and how to judge fatigue levels while providing sufficient challenges for all.
  • Injury Prevention and Management will provide up-to-date information regarding basic first aid to help teachers respond to acute injuries in the studio. The secondary topic will focus on prevention and rehabilitation for some of the most common dance injuries and will include exercises for improving proprioception.
  • Promoting Healthy Environments will be a discussion of the practical components of promoting healthy environments. The primary topic will include facilities: flooring, ambient temperature, and appropriate dress. The secondary topic will include personal aspects of the dance environment: warm-up, cool down, nutrition and hydration for dancers.
  • Overview of the Trinity College London/IADMS Certificate in Safe and Effective Dance Practice will identify the appropriate level and breadth of knowledge required, give examples of the basic content in various subject areas and provide information on application and assessment procedures.