The International Dance Community

The lead academic partners at SIDI have over 60 years of professional dance experience behind us as dancers, choreographers, artistic directors and teachers – we are first and foremost dance artists rather than dance scientists. We know that what we do works, because we ourselves have experienced it’s efficacy, personally, within our companies and for our dancers.

We are confident in our skills, our knowledge and our ability to support your needs because we work with experts in the field at the highest level.

Our advisors are top level, international experts in the field of Healthy Dance Practice, SiDI works closely with the National Institute for Dance Medicine and Science to fulfill our complementary education missions.

We have the endorsement of the Council for Dance Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT) for the efficacy, rigour and quality of our provision.

  • National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS)

    NIDMS and SiDI work together to promote the education mission of NIDMS and the vision of SiDI particularly, but not exclusively, through the development of the Healthy Dance Practice Certificate and related activities.

    NIDMS mission is: “To develop, implement, and disseminate scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice centred on the promotion and optimisation of health, well-being, and performance in dance”.

    NIDMS mission is delivered via three programmes


    Which includes:

    • Basic research (looking at cause-effect relationships, mechanisms) and applied research (examining efficacy and effectiveness of interventions)
    • Physiological/metabolic, biomechanical, psychological (including motor learning/control, perception-action, and psychoneurological perspectives), sociological, and pedagogical research

    Clinical Practice

    Which is:

    • Multi-disciplinary (including physiotherapy, physiological, psychological, nutritional elements etc.)
    • Centred on the prevention (via screening and training techniques) and treatment of injuries and addresses compromised mental/emotional health and diminished performance


    • Disseminating state-of-the-art information to dancers, teachers/instructors, artistic directors, choreographers, etc.
    • Developing educational/training programmes and professional development opportunities for current and future researchers and practitioners

  • Healthy Dancer Canada

    Healthy Dancer Canada is a partner organisation and their mission is to foster and facilitate communication and collaboration among the dance community, health professionals and researchers. We endeavour to enhance the health, well- being and performance of all dancers and to be the Canadian leader in this effort.


  • Council for Dance Education and Training

    “The programme of Continuing Professional Development delivered by Safe in Dance International (SiDI) is endorsed by the Council for Dance Education and Training, confirming SiDI as a CDET Affiliate.”

    Glyn Jones, Director, CDET

    The Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) provides Quality Assurance for the professional dance and musical theatre industries. It is the first point of contact for those seeking information on education, training and assessment in the UK. The Council negotiates with government bodies, as well as national and international agencies on behalf of our member organisations.

  • People Dancing



    ‘People Dancing is the UK development organisation and membership body for those involved in creating opportunities for people to experience and participate in dance. Their membership reaches more than 4,500 dance professionals worldwide.

    People Dancing believe dance can change lives and transform communities. Their vision is of a world where dance is a part of everyone’s life and our mission is to make dance important to all individuals, communities and society by promoting excellent dance practice. People Dancing works with and on behalf of artists, organisations and teachers involved in leading, delivering or supporting community and participatory dance.

    People Dancing’s leadership of the community dance network provides a platform for exchange, critical debate and peer learning. This exposes our members and partners to diverse dance practices and new contacts. By helping to expand professional horizons, profile and professional identity, People Dancing is an invaluable resource for anyone working in community dance. People Dancing also creates opportunities for anyone to take part in dance activities.

  • International Association for Dance Medicine & Science

    IADMS, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science, Logo

    IADMS mission is to be  an inclusive organisation for professionals who care for those who dance by evolving best practices in dance science, education, research and medical care to support optimal health, well being, training and performance
    Their vision is to build a global community that providers accessible and applicable evidence-based reseafch, resources, and programming that improves the health of dancers and the use of dance to improve health.
    The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) was formed in 1990 by an international group of dance medicine practitioners, dance educators, dance scientists, and dancers. Membership is drawn equally from the medical and dance professions, and has grown from an initial 48 members in 1991 to over 1300 members at present world-wide, representing 35 countries.
    IADMS has held an annual conference since its inception, drawing several hundred participants each year.  Beginning in 1997, a separate ‘Day For Teachers’ has been held before or after the annual conference.  In 2005 a ‘Special Interests Group (SIG) Day’ was held in association with the Annual Meeting for the first time and included separate programs for dance educators, kinesiology teachers, and orthopaedic surgeons. Subsequent SIG Day have included separate programs for: dance educators; physiotherapists and other allied health professionals; dance movement researchers; perceptuo-motor learning and dance kinesiology teachers; medical doctors; and students.  Copies of the Proceedings and Abstract Books from these conferences can be purchased on the IADMS web site.
    IADMS produces various ‘Resource Papers’ and ‘Fact Sheets,’ a ‘Bulletin for Teachers,’ and a bibliography of articles in dance medicine and science.
    Scientific articles can be found in IADMS’ official journal, the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science (
  • Our International Advisory Groups

    We take advice and support from international experts in the field of dance wellness, dance science, healthy dance practice. Please click here to find out more about our team and our advisors.

The international Association for Dance Medicine & Science endorses the core principles underlying our certificates.