Looking for guidance about teaching and dance training during the COVID-19 pandemic? There are several great resources to guide you while dancing at home and when returning to the studio:
EnhanceDance is pleased to announce that our Founding Director, Andrea Downie, is on the list of world-class teachers nominated for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) 2020 Dance Educator Award. Congratulations!!
See the announcement 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)
EnhanceDance is pleased to announce the successful completion of the first online C-I Training Teachers Course! The course ran twice weekly on Zoom through the month of August. Thank you to Donna Krasnow for giving a great course and congratulations to our newest Level 2 C-I Training Teachers from Canada and the USA! Find a certified C-I Training teacher new you.
Contact EnhanceDance if you are interested in online courses leading to C-I Training Certification or the Safe in Dance International Healthy Dance Practice Certificates.
Wondering what you need to know to be an effective teacher?
"Dance educators need training in pedagogy that includes not only learning what to teach, but also how to teach. Core principles include the need to:
Learn more about the necessary knowledge base for dance teachers in Dance International's article Toward a Scope of Practice by Andrea Downie.
Are you an older dancer who wants to keep dancing their whole life?
DANCING & AGING
"Older dancers may need to arrive early to classes and rehearsals to allow extra time to warm up with movements that gently raise the body temperature and heart rate, mobilize the joints and lengthen the muscles. With sufficient physical fitness, older dancers can meet the technical requirements of continued dancing. They can also ensure that they have the requisite core support and adequate joint stability and mobility to stave off injuries. Engaging in supplementary physical conditioning can improve cardiorespiratory stamina, flexibility and muscular strength and endurance... Age-related declines in stamina may necessitate changes to a dancer’s training regimen in order to avoid undue fatigue... With proper self-care, careful attention to dance training and practices and a focus on the benefits of aging, dancers have great potential to remain healthy and dance for longer." (Andrea Downie, 2016)
Learn more about dancing and aging in The Dance Current's article Freer and More Fragile by Andrea Downie.
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: