Erin Sanchez MScErin Sanchez is an advocate and educator for the physical and psychological health and performance of dancers. As the Healthier Dancer Programme Manager at One Dance UK in London, she organises educational conferences and workshops for professional and student dancers, researchers and healthcare professionals informed by research evidence and best practice from the wider dance medicine and science and professional dance sectors; advocates for safe practice, health and wellbeing standards and interventions to government, employers and stakeholders in the dance sector; and develops resources to support dancers’ physical and mental health, and skills for performance. As a Registered Provider and Quality Reviewer for Safe in Dance International, she leads international courses and reviews submissions in safe dance practice at UK level 4- 6. Erin also manages an international network of teachers, dancers, and mental healthcare professionals and researchers, the Dance Psychology Network. She has lectured in dance science and taught dance technique in the, UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Malta, United States, Egypt, and Serbia.She trained with American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet School and the Alvin Ailey School and holds a BA (Hons) in Dance and Sociology from the University of New Mexico, USA and an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, UK.Erin is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (www.iadms.org) and holds the qualification in Safe and Effective Dance Practice. Erin also manages an international network of teachers, dancers, and mental healthcare professionals and researchers, the Dance Psychology Network.
Janine Bryant MA
Janine Bryant, BFA, MA, SFHEA, PhD Candidate, Senior Lecturer in Dance, Faculty of Performing Arts, The University of Wolverhampton (UK) hails from Pennsylvania, USA and is the former Chair of Dance and Director of the Dance Programme at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pa. (USA).
Janine is a Registered Provider for the Safe in Dance International (SiDI) Certificate Program having successfully offered the qualification at Eastern University (USA) and now to students at The University of Wolverhampton (UK). Janine currently offers courses independent on SiDI’s 10 core principles of Healthy Dance Practice in the UK and the East Coast of the USA.
Janine’s research is around ageing and range of motion and focuses on dancers as athletes and early training protocols aimed at producing excellence whilst promoting career longevity. Janine received her BFA in Modern Dance Performance from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia (USA) in 1986, after which she joined the Scholarship Trainee Programme at the Martha Graham School, New York (USA).
In the fall of 1990, Janine was one of two Americans accepted to study at The Royal Academy of Dancing in London (UK), where she earned her Elementary Executant Certification and her Pre-Elementary Teaching Certification.
Janine founded The Professional School (TPS) in Turnersville, NJ (USA) in 1991, directed the school through 2002 and has been a frequent guest lecturer at The University of the Arts and was the recipient of their prestigious Silver Star Alumni Award in 1996.
Janine has been a guest speaker at Elmhurst Dance School (Birmingham, UK) and The Royal Ballet School (London, UK).
Janine is an active member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and a member of the Peer Review Board, Poster Judging Committee and Education Committee.
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Sutton’s personal and academic interest in pedagogy and advocacy for safe dance practice is what drew her to be a part of Safe in Dance International (SiDI) team. She was an intern with SiDI throughout her Masters program and in 2016 completed the Healthy Dance Practice certificate. Sutton is now a Safe in Dance International Registered Provider and is eager to begin teaching safe dance practice to dancers, teachers, and parents throughout the U.S.
Her interest in dance medicine and science began at the University of Wyoming where she earned her B.F.A. in 2013 in Dance concentration of Science. Throughout her time at Wyoming Sutton participated in and co-coordinated various dance science research projects, and also spent her four years there, and post-graduation, on the stage.
In 2015, Sutton graduated with her Masters of Science in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, U.K. In the course of her Masters program, Sutton taught for the Learning and Participation Programme in their children’s classes, creative movement class for individuals with brain injuries, and co-directed HeadStart, a research study on the effects of creative movement class on children’s resilience. Sutton was also the co-organizer for the 2015 Foundations for Excellence conference. As a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) Sutton presented her senior capstone project, Effect of Mirrors on Dancers’ Ability to Learn Movement at the 2013 Seattle, WA conference. Her Master’s thesis, Pedagogical Intentions for Mirror Use in a Ballet Technique Class was presented at the 2016 IADMS conference in Hong Kong.
Sutton is a member of the National Dance Education Organization and Denver Dance Medicine Associates. Additionally, Sutton volunteers for Presenting Denver, a non-profit that supports and exposes dance in the Denver, CO community, and she teaches dance technique classes at local studios. Her performance resume includes The Nutcracker, Power/Fulland Duetfrom the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Cinderella: From the Ashes a ballet, and various other ballet, contemporary, modern, and vertical dance pieces. Sutton has a strong passion for teaching: technique, dance science, and creative movement classes for all ages and abilities. Utilizing her skill and passion of teaching and working with children Sutton currently works as a Site Director for a Parks and Recreation District Children’s Programs. Her dance science specific interests range from pedagogical methods and their effects on learning and performance to dancer health and wellness.
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