Safe Dance Practice
Safe and healthy dance practice is a vital and fascinating part of the learning and teaching of dance today. It is essential for teachers and trainee teachers to incorporate it into all dance teaching practice. Whether you are teaching leisure and recreational dance or teaching tomorrow's professional dancers being informed about safe dance practice and up to date with current understanding is key to enabling dancers to dance longer and enhance performance.


A Day for Dance Teachers
This introductory one day course explores some key safe dance practice basics for dance teachers and student dance teachers.

Courses are offered specifically tailored to the needs of dance teachers working in social, leisure and non-vocational settings as well as teachers of elite and competitive performers.

Courses are relevant to teachers in all all dance genres. Previous 'A Day for Teachers' have proved to be lively and interesting exploring topics such as:- basic anatomical alignment for injury prevention; applying SDP in teaching practice; teaching adolescents; teaching older people.

You may also enjoy attending this course as an introductory session for going on to take a level 5 qualification in Safe and healthy dance practice.

The course is a very useful CPD day for teachers.

Dates for 2014 will be published soon.

NB: There are minimum number requirements for all courses. Where the required minimum number is not reached for a course then it may be postponed or cancelled.
Half & Full Day CPD workshops for Dance Teachers
Half and full day workshops addressing a range of Safe and healthy dance practice topics for dance teachers are a great way to develop and enhance your understanding of SDP. And they are also an excellent way to add to your CPD.

Courses and dates for 2014 will be published here shortly.



NB: There are minimum number requirements for all courses. Where the required minimum number is not reached for a course then it may be postponed or cancelled.
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Safe Dance Practice for Dance Teachers Course
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Due to generous sponsorship from decodanz and Josh Botham Tax & Accounting Services Ltd we were able to offer a 2012/2013 course FREE to a number of dance teachers from UK and overseas.
The Course
The Safe Dance Practice for Dance Teachers course helped the group of dance teachers to develop their knowledge and understanding about basic principles of safe dance practice and how to apply them in their own own dance teaching practice. We explored principles of basic applied anatomy & physiology, injury management, nutrition and basic applied psychology in the communication of safe dance practice (appropriate behaviour, use of touch and feedback) in relation to the dance class environment.

Dance teachers from a range of dance genres teaching, social and leisure dancing as well as competitive and elite performers took the course and went on to complete the assessments for the level 5, qualification 'Certificate in Safe and Effective Dance Practice' accredited by Trinity College London.

The course is usually delivered over three months as a combination of distance and guided learning, email support, plus attendance at a two-day intensive workshops event. Course completion certificates are provided.




Next Course
We are awaiting the full details of the new qualification from SIDI & IADMS 'Healthy Dance Practice Certificate' before setting dates for 2014 workshops and courses.



NB: There are minimum number requirements for all courses. Where the required minimum number is not reached for a course then it may be postponed or cancelled.

Certificate in Safe and Effective Dance Practice
This qualification will no longer be available for teachers to register for from the end of 2013. Details of the qualification replacing it will be available here soon.

The Certificate in Safe and Effective Dance Practice (SEDP) is an internationally recognised qualification developed from a collaboration between Trinity College London and the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS). It was launched in October 2008 at the IADMS Annual Meeting in Cleveland Ohio, USA. It is placed at level 5 of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). This level is equivalent to the end of the second year of a three year, undergraduate degree programme or the the end of the third year of a four year undergraduate degree programme.

Gaining this valuable qualification means that you will be able to demonstrate to employers, parents and participants that you have up-to-date knowledge and understanding of safe and effective dance practice and how to apply it in your dance teaching practice.

This qualification is relevant for teachers in all dance genres so whatever dance genre you teach be it ballet, ballroom, hip hop, Highland, Line dancing, Tap, Latin, Salsa, Bharatanatyam, Street dance or another not mentioned here, consider taking the Certificate SEDP.

decodanz is a registered centre and course provider for the Certificate SEDP. Participants on the Safe Dance Practice for Dance Teachers course will register and enter for the qualification through the decodanz registered centre.
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