Safe in Dance International at IADMS 

October 28th – 31st 2022 Limerick Ireland

We are looking forward to the IADMS annual conference in Limerick, Ireland at the end of October. The SiDI Team will be attending and would love to meet with you.  Our stand will be manned throughout the conference.  Sonia, Maggie, Tina and Beth will be in and out of the presentations and ready to chat to you

SIDI is also thrilled to have been invited by IADMS to present our first pre-conference event.

Dancing & Dance Science: The symbiotic relationship between dance research and practitioner wisdom

Thursday October 27th 2022

In person at the Irish World Academy Music and Dance, Limerick

& online

2.30 – 5.30pm GMT+1


About the event:
This afternoon of interactive presentations and information-sharing invites educators, researchers and practitioners to ‘stir the pot’ and interrogate how their work strands interact to support the integration of emerging dance science knowledge into everyday dance practice.

SiDI is delighted to confirm that these respected colleagues will be joining us to give us personal perspectives and provocations from physiological, psychological, sociological and practical viewpoints:

Dr Liliana Gomes da Silva Araújo: Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Zahra Carpenter, BFA: Dance Educator, Director-at-Large, IADMS Board of Directors
Andrea Downie, Hon BFA and PHD Candidate: Founding Director of EnhanceDance, Founding Member of Healthy Dancer Canada
Professor Emma Redding MBE: Director, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia

Following a discussion on each of these threads, Maggie Morris and Sonia Rafferty, co-founders of SiDI, will propose that we move away from the notion of “translating” or “trickling down” dance science research and instead see this in a less hierarchical structure. We invite participants to share their own personal perspectives and reflections.
At the end of the session, SiDI will outline how our Core Principles©, Continuing Professional Development and partnerships have facilitated the dissemination of healthy dance principles up to this point. We will share how we support other organisations in assessing dance wellness/healthy dance practice, and how our team of Registered Providers work in the wider international community. There will be an opportunity to learn more about working with SiDI, take discussions further, and network with a complimentary drink following the event. Registered attendees will receive a discount on application to complete any of SiDI’s CPD Certificates and/or a discount on application to become a SiDI Registered Provider.

For those joining us in person, there will be a post-event complimentary drink, for discussions to continue informally and a chance to learn more about the opportunities and benefits of working with SiDI.


  • Knowledge exchange with key professionals and practitioners
  • Endorsed Continuing Professional Development for all participants
  • Introduction to Safe in Dance International, their Core Principles© and Registered Provider Status
  • Discount on application to complete any of SiDI’s CPD Certificates (awarding recognised endorsement of healthy dance practice)
  • Discount on application to become a SiDI Registered Provider

There’s still time to sign up for this event which is both in-person and virtual.

Attending the IADMS Conference?
In Person: There are just a few places left for those attending the conference. Sign up now through the usual Conference Registration portal on the IADMS click here
Price: $80 USD in person


Not attending the IADMS Conference?
If you are not able to attend the IADMS conference in person this year, you can still sign up for our session as a separate independent event.  There is limit for on-line participants. If you would like to attend just this event, please email Sutton Anker at
Price $80 USD

We hope to see you there. Learn more about SiDI and our IADMS partnership here.

Safe in Dance International & IADMS Live Panel Discussion

Safe in Dance International and International Association for Dance Medicine & Science present

Safe Dance Practice in Quarantine:
A live panel conversation for educators, with IADMS and SiDI leaders

on Saturday, April 25th from
17:00-18:30 British Summer Time (BST)

12:00-13:30pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Join us on Facebook LIVE via the Science for Dance Educators page.

Sonia Rafferty, Jen Deckert,
Ellie Kusner and Sutton Anker

If you are a Dance educator of any level or a dancer (student, pre-professional, or professional), you are invited to join, ask questions and listen to the conversation with the international panel.

This discussion is an international collaboration between IADMS and Safe in Dance International leaders on how to dance safely while at home during quarantine.

The Coronavirus epidemic has hit our live dance activities hard, but we have already seen many of you giving up your time to provide online classes to help us maintain our physical and mental health. We recently shared some guidance and key points to bear in mind when teaching online, so that we can all enjoy these activities as safely and productively as possible. We are now inviting you to join a live panel conversation that will be live streamed via the Science for Dance Educators Facebook page.

If you are a dance educator and not a member of this group yet, please request membership before Saturday.

The panel will be made up of IADMS and SiDI representatives:

Ellie Kusner, MSc, IADMS Dance Educators Committee Chair, Pilates and dance instructor, co-host DanceWell Podcast

Jennifer Deckert, MFA, IADMS Board of Directors, Associate Professor of Dance at University South Carolina

Sonia Rafferty, MSc, Safe in Dance International co-founder, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Senior Lecturer

Maggie Morris, MA, Safe in Dance International co-founder, Dance Educator

Sutton Anker, MSc, IADMS Staff, Pilates and dance instructor, SiDI Registered Provider

We really look forward to you all joining us for this live session and can’t wait to answer any questions you may have.

Take care everyone.

The SiDI Team



First delivery of ISTD/SiDI collaborative Dance Science Unit

SiDI Registered Provider (RP)  Janine Bryant stepped in to deliver the ISTD Unit on Dance Science in August.  This unit has been written by Erin Sanchez (also a SiDI RP) on behalf of Safe in Dance International and the ISTD. The Unit, part of the ISTD level 6 teaching qualification, covers all of Safe in Dance International’s 10 Core Principles.  Janine travelled from her base in Pennsylvania to deliver the unit in London.  Kath Bye from the ISTD’s Education and Training Department said: “Janine’s lectures were insightful, dynamic and clear for the learners to understand. Janine’s approach looked at the important principles of Dance Science in particular looking at Safe Dance Practice core principles and ensuring that the learners were given the opportunity to explore topics that related to their own dance practice.”

Earlier this year Co-Founders of SiDI Maggie Morris and Sonia Rafferty delivered three separate tutor training days to the ISTD tutors delivering their Safe Practice Unit for their new Level 4 teaching qualification.

We are looking forward to continuing this positive collaborative partnership with the ISTD.

Janine and students from the ISTD

Congratulations to Charlotte

Many congratulations to our Associate, Charlotte Tomlinson for winning the’ Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner’ at the One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards.
On receiving the award Charlotte said: “I am speechless, those who know me know just how much this means”

Charlotte is an independent dance teacher who embeds Healthy Dance Practice in everything she does. After achieving her MSc in Dance Science from TrinityLaban Charlotte lectured at Chichester College before combining her role as freelance dance practitioner with lecturing at Leicester College. She has been part of the SiDI team since the beginning, becoming our first registered provider and delivering one of our first courses. She also co-authored Safe Dance Practice, An applied dance science perspective with Edel Quin and Sonia Rafferty which is sold world wide as a key text in Healthy Dance Practice / Dancer Wellness. This book is used the core text for all the SiDI Certificates.

Charlotte has presented at the IADMS Annual Meeting several times. She has delivered courses on Healthy Dance Practice for 4 years, this year providing the first European course for the Healthy Dance Practice Certificate. Charlotte also delivers Healthier Dancer talks for One Dance UK. She also co-founded SideKick Dance, running dance activities for young people and adults with additional needs.
An incredible advocate for dance as a whole and for healthy Dance Practice, we are proud to have Charlotte as part of our team.

One Dance UK announces shortlisted nominees for its first-ever Dance Teaching Awards

One Dance UK today announced the names of 27 shortlisted nominees, across nine award categories, for its inaugural Dance Teaching Awards. One Dance UK received 886 nominations from pupils, parents, colleagues and friends of hundreds of teachers, practitioners and dance organisations across the UK, that provide opportunities for children and young people to dance.

The shortlisted nominees were carefully chosen by a selection panel made up of industry professionals brought together to represent a broad range of education knowledge and expertise. The selection panel of Geoff Barton, Althea Efunshile (CBE), Linda Jasper (MBE), Carolyn Lappin and Piali Ray (OBE) said:

We are very proud to have been asked to select the finalists in this ground-breaking first year of the One Dance UK Awards. We were overwhelmed by both the quantity and quality of the 886 nominations. They demonstrate just how important dance is in our schools and how keen the profession is to celebrate the many individuals and organisations who are using dance to transform the lives of young people. We are delighted to be able to recognise so many amazing people doing so much to communicate the inspiring power and relevance of dance across the UK.

Claire Somerville, Head of Children & Young People’s Dance at One Dance UK added:

I’m delighted by the level of interest we have had in the Awards and see them as a key way for us to champion dance education and participation, particularly in challenging times for dance provision in school. The Awards have provided a wonderful opportunity for people to express their gratitude for the dance teachers, leaders and organisations that dedicate their time, energy and expertise into furthering opportunities for young people and we’re looking forward to celebrating with all the shortlisted nominees in July.

The winners of the One Dance UK Dance Teaching Awards will be announced at an afternoon tea and ceremony on Sunday 16 July at Birmingham Hippodrome on the final day of U.Dance Festival 2017.

The three shortlisted nominees for each of the nine awards are:

Rising Star Award – sponsored by Trinity College London

Louise Lloyd, Cardiff
Jaina Modasia, London
Anya Zhavoronkova, Kent

Outstanding Primary Dance Teaching Award – sponsored by dancewear Central

Bobbie Gargrave, St. Michael’s C of E Primary School
Julie Guile, Saughall All Saints Primary School, Cheshire
Samantha Swallow, Rosehill Primary School, Yorkshire

Outstanding Secondary Dance Teaching Award

Rhys James, St Teilo’s High School, Cardiff
Gemma Richards, Matravers School, Wiltshire
Harriet Simmons, Wildern School, Southampton

Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner Award – sponsored by People Dancing

Meara O’Donnell-Webb, Skye, Scotland
Adam Rutherford, Birmingham
Charlotte Tomlinson, Leicester

Inspiration Work in Education Award – sponsored by Safe in Dance International

DanceEast, Ipswich
Greenwich Dance, London
Hertfordshire County Dance Teachers’ Association

Inspirational Lecturer at College, University or Conservatoire Award – sponsored by DWFM Beckman Solicitors

Anna Hall, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
Edel Quin, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
Lara Walczak, Leicester College

Most Supportive Senior Leader or Governor Award

Joy Ballard, Ryde Academy, Isle of White
Paul Clark, Matravers School, Wiltshire
Lisa Kattenhorn, Harris Academy Tottenham, London

Above and Beyond Award

Janet Marmot, South East
Pippa Salter, Isle of Man
Lindsey Wise, London

Lifetime Achievement Award – sponsored by Harlequin Floors

Sujata Banerjee, London
Avril Hitman (BEM), Kent
Veronica Jobbins, London

Launching our new online course this week; Preparing for Safer Dance Practice

Launching this week: Keep an eye out for the launch of our new online course; Preparing for Safer Dance Practice, which has been developed by us and in partnership with People dancing.

Whatever your genre or style, this programme will support your practice and offer CPD that you can do from home. This programme is relevant to all dance practitioners world-wide.

If delivers all the content for the Preparation for Healthy Dance Certificate, which offers 6 hours of CPD.

New on the Blog- Stretching by Janine Bryant

Guidelines for Stretching

– Warm up first. Never stretch a cold muscle!
– By warming up first, the delivery of oxygen and nutrients are increased thus preparing muscles for strenuous activity.
– Warming up should not be too tiring, but just enough to begin perspiring.
– Usually a light jog for 5-7 minutes is sufficient.

Read More…

New App Helps Dancers Locate Specialist Healthcare and Advice

Dance Longer Dance Stronger announces the launch of a new app designed especially to enable performers to locate – at the touch of a button – a range of specialist healthcare and reliable resources, right across the UK.

The Performers Health Hub app brings together the most up-to-date information about dance specific healthcare, both private and NHS, together with reliable, evidence-based resources in an easy to use format.

The app has been developed in response to the high injury rate among dancers and the lack of time available due to the nature of their work, to conduct thorough research in locating top quality healthcare.

Around 80% of all dancers will suffer an injury each year through training, rehearsal of performance* or as a result of fatigue and overwork, insufficient warming-up or cooling-down, recurring injury or not being able to respond to the early warning signs of injury**.

Due to the nature of their work, and the demands of their complex schedules, dancers, teachers and choreographers can find it extremely challenging to find the sufficient time needed in order to locate reliable, dance specialist care and resources. This can lead to many dancers abandoning the search altogether and working through an injury.

This is where the Performers Health Hub comes in.


The app will house up-to-date information about specialist healthcare, and reliable, evidence-based resources on a range of health topics including fitness, first-aid for dancers, nutrition and hypermobility, and will take the user to the information they need via a few simple questions.

Director of Dance Longer Dance Stronger Claire Farmer comments: ‘By housing this vital information in one place, the app removes the need to spend precious time searching the internet and attempting to establish the quality and reliability of the information available there. Dancers can quickly find dance specialist healthcare practitioners and clinical services, providing the expert knowledge that can help dancers then return to the studio quicker.’

Resources on the Performers Health Hub are drawn from a consortium of organisations at the forefront of dance medicine and science research and advocacy including National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, One Dance UK, Safe in Dance International and British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and will be continually updated as research progresses.

We are already looking to the future for the Performers Health Hub, with plans to add USA specific healthcare over the next 6 – 8 months and add further countries in future, allowing performers to refer to one app when on tour. To download the app please visit the Apple or Google stores.

Disclaimer: The information on this app is not intended to diagnose an injury. If you are concerned about an injury please always consult a registered healthcare professional. To query any of the information highlighted in this app please contact the organisation or author directly.

For more information contact: Claire Farmer MSc
Facebook: @dancelongerdancestronger
Twitter: @dancestronger

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