I’m happy to let you know that for the first time in the USA, a dance medicine and science course designed specifically for dance educators will be offered through the University of Colorado, Boulder, in January, 2014. The 4-day course prepares the participant totake the Safe in Dance International (SIDI) and IADMS (International Association for Dance Medicine and Science) Healthy Dance Practice Certification.
The course, and the Certification, is an evolution of a previous one pioneered by IADMS and offered for the last several years in the UK, through Trinity Laban College. The class covers such important information as:
–basic anatomy and physiology
-warm-up and cool-down
-safety in the dance environment
-basic injury prevention and management
It includes the latest scientific and practical information on healthy dance practice and teaching, performance enhancement, and most importantly – offers practical tips and information on how to integrate all this knowledge into classes, rehearsals, and performance. The course is designed for teachers, directors, managers, and choreographers in all genres of dance, and achieving the certification helps students, parents, and employers know that you have taken the extra steps to help dancers get the best possible education, in the safest environment – to keep them dancing longer and stronger!
We are so pleased that the Department of Theatre and Dance, at UC-Boulder, has stepped forward to host this first-in-the-US event.
Here are the specifics:
This includes the fee for the certification exam, as well as the course, Once you have completed the course itself,you have one year to take the exam and complete the certification.
For more Info: Contact Erin Sanchez at erin (at) danceuk.org
For further information on Safe in Dance International: www.safeindance.com
Many of you have been faithful readers of our Dance Wellness column since we started it, nearly two years ago. This course is a wonderful opportunity to learn LOTS of wonderful information in one fell swoop! — and take it home to integrate into your dance environment immediately. I hope that you will take this opportunity. The vision is to eventually be able to offer these courses in different locations around the country, but that will take time, and there’s no way to know how far off in the future that might happen. But the Boulder course ishappening NOW, so take advantage of it! You–and your dancers–will be glad you did.
Aloha to all of you-