The Healthy Dancer Certificate allows individual dancers, working in any genre or style to show how their own practice is informed by healthy dance principles. It deals with you as a dancer, in training or as a professional, maintain your unique dancing body in order to optimise your performance and minimise the risk of injury. This Certificate asks you to provide evidence of your understanding of all of the Core Principles by completing all of the Sections: One, Two and Three. You will need to submit a variety of materials for review – further detail guidance on how to complete the HDC is available in the Candidate pack provided on registration. Working towards this Certificate will improve your understanding of the inter-related factors that contribute to and enhance your physical and mental wellbeing to safeguard and protect your own body while participating in dance activities.
You will increase your awareness of how the body works biomechanically to promote good alignment, discover how good injury awareness and management can help you to deal with injury, why proper nutrition and hydration is important for you to maintain health and performance while you dance and the impact of psychological factors that may influence or compromise your ability to work safely. Your submitted materials will demonstrate both your knowledge and application of all of the Core Principles in combination to build your personal safe practice.
This certificate awards 60 hours of continuing professional development.
The cost of the HDC is £190