Safe Dance Practice: Enhancing Participation – a webinar

From primary schools to professional dance companies, dancers of every age, ability and style should be able to engage fully in the act of dancing without risk of harm to the body or mind, while also being supported to achieve their full potential. This webinar introduces some of the key interrelated aspects of safe dance from a dance science perspective while providing some ‘take home’ examples to apply into practice.

Safe Dance Practice: Enhancing Participation
Presented by Edel Quin MSc, FHEA, Sonia Rafferty MSc, FHEA and Charlotte Tomlinson MSc, PGCE

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Developments in dance science and medicine research mean that dance participation and training can now move beyond traditional approaches. Application of research-informed recommendations should be readily incorporated into all dance experiences, with the aim of reducing injury risk, optimising dancer potential, promoting the healthy practice and prolonging engagement.

Following this webinar you will be able to:

  • Identify the key aspects of Safe Dance Practice, as informed by dance science research
  • Implement basic strategies for safe dance practice for any dance session
  • Explain the importance of being able to adapt safe practice principles in accordance with the needs of individuals and specific populations

About the presenters

Edel Quin MSc, FHEA, Sonia Rafferty MSc, FHEA and Charlotte Tomlinson MSc, PGCE

Collectively the presenters have 60 years experience in the dance profession as creative artists, teachers and researchers, in educational, recreational and professional settings.

As graduates of the Masters in Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London), active members of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), and key personnel for Safe in Dance International (SiDI), the presenters have an international reputation for advocating for research-informed healthy dance practice.

Their forthcoming book Safe Dance Practice: An applied dance science perspective is the culmination of their collective experience researching and applying dance science principles to practice. It is available to pre-order now from Human Kinetics.

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