Are you naturally flexible?
"Properly managing, rather than exploiting, hypermobility can help naturally flexible dancers improve their performance, prevent injuries and increase their longevity in dance. The following strategies can help those with hypermobile joints:
Maggie Morris, Andrea Downie, Bonnie Robson,
Karine Rathle & Jo-Anne La Flèche
EnhanceDance was pleased to spend time with colleagues from around the world at the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Conference in Montreal. Andrea Downie gave a lecture presentation, Multisensory instruction addresses learning diversity and enhances dance skill learning and performance, and also lead a movement workshop, EnhanceDance: Holistic multisensory movement.
Andrea Downie, Dance Science Workshops,
RAD Gênée, Toronto 2019
Continuing professional development is essential to enhancing dance teaching, training and performance. What an honour to work with incredibly committed teachers from around the world, who participated in EnhanceDance's dance science workshops at Royal Academy of Dance's Genée 2019 International Ballet Competition in Toronto:
- Preparing for Optimal Dance
- Understanding Anatomical & Biomechanical Principles in Dance
- Dance Injury Prevention & Management
Not sure how to get what you need from healthcare professionals?
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR APPOINTMENT
"Because dance is a physically demanding practice and profession, dancers are necessarily in tune with their bodies. They must also monitor their mental and emotional health because dancing can provide psychological and social challenges. For these reasons, dancers benefit from working with practitioners who recognize these factors and work collaboratively with them to find solutions. The following tips can help dancers communicate effectively with health-care professionals and make the most of their appointments:
Healthy dancer workshop, New Blue Emerging Dance Festival, Toronto 2018
EnhanceDance's Andrea Downie presented a workshop in Toronto, Optimizing Dance Performance, with Nicole Hamilton of Inica Dance Industries and Kiah Brubacher-Cressman on behalf of Healthy Dancer Canada - The Dance Health Alliance of Canada at New Blue Emerging Dance Festival 18, June 4, 2018. Topics include physical tools to optimize dance performance, injury prevention and management, and psychological tools to optimize dance performance.