Healthy Dance Practice Certification

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Safe in Dance International (SiDI) are affiliated with the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET)  to deliver the Healthy Dance Practice Certification. Charlotte Tomlinson who delivers this course is a member of The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) with a Masters Degree in Dance Science. She has trained and focused  on injury prevention and fitness training for dancers, as well as healthy dance practice for those in the community. After presenting at IADMS 2010 Charlotte was invited back to present at the annual conference again in Washington, USA, 2011. Alongside Edel Quin, MSc and Sonia Rafferty, MSc, Charlotte is co-author of Safe Dance Practice: An applied dance science perspective (2015).

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How to book a course with Charlotte: If you wish to do the Healthy Dance Practice Certification please contact Charlotte via the contact page or email Charlotte at

“This is an excellent opportunity for staff to add to their CPD. The course is informative, relevant and interesting and would be of benefit to anyone involved in dance education. It is a great course to develop and expand staff qualifications, particularly those who have industry experience but lack formal teaching qualifications.”                 Tracey Lee – Principal at Performers College

“The Safe Dance Practice course has truly changed the way I teach – I now have so much more knowledge about warming up, cooling down, lesson structure and ensuring a safe dance space. The course has enhanced my skills as a dance leader and provided me with so many ideas and tools to use with dancers of any age or ability. Charlotte is a fantastic course tutor and so knowledgable about her subject areas – this course is a must for anyone working within the dance industry”.    Tahnee Lawson – Community Dance Practitioner

The Certification has been written at Level 5, which in the UK is the level equivalent to that of the second year of a three year degree course, or the third year of a four year degree course.

The Healthy Dance Practice Certification is unique in its specificity. The aim of the certification is to recognize best practice in delivering safe and effective dance activity. Candidates registering for the certification will be assessed regarding their knowledge of the key principles underlying healthy dance practice, and, in achieving the certificate, candidates will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of healthy dance practice to employers, parents, and participants. Dancers at all levels will have confidence that the person teaching, rehearsing or coaching them is certified and has demonstrated mastery of the knowledge required to work safely and effectively with professional dancers, dancers in training, children, and dancers in the community.

The certification is applicable to those working across all sectors of the dance profession and is applicable to all styles of dance, from ballet to ballroom, contemporary to hip-hop, tap to bharatanatyam, and Ariel dance to Zumba.

The Healthy Dance Practice certification will involve training and assessment on the topics that every teacher should know to keep their dancers healthy.

This covers a range of training including:

~   Nutrition and hydration

~   Sequencing of classes

~   Basic injury prevention and management

~   Ensuring a safe environment

~   Warm up and cool down

~   Basic anatomy and physiology

Whoever you teach and whatever form of dance you teach, this certificate will show that you have the necessary knowledge to help keep your dancers as healthy as possible as you strive for an injury free environment in your studio or educational environment.

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Private courses can be arranged within your dance institution. If this is something you would like you and/or your dance staff to do then please get in touch, its fantastic CPD. 

Quotes from participants who have completed previous safe dance training with  Charlotte:

“I feel this week has been extremely beneficial and made me think of the knowledge stored away. It has reiterated my practice and made me aware of areas that I have become lax on. It was really enjoyable and Charlotte is very encouraging”

“I am happy that I have spent time and money on this course. I know it will develop my practice on various levels”

“I have enjoyed the course & feel as though I have gained a lot from it. I like how supportive Charlotte is”

“I’m so glad I participated in this course, I feel a lot better prepared”

“Thank you very much for a beneficial course. The atmosphere was lovely and it was great to meet new people”

“The course is well structured, it is an excellent progression from theory to practice, from learning to understanding, to assimilating and interpreting. The teacher was very approachable + helpful + knowledgeable + applied a learner centered approach, taking an active interest in our own fields of dance practice”

“Fantastic delivery. I expected to feel a little un-knowledgeable or naive as I have not done any theory work but everyone made me feel very welcome and I have learned that everyone cannot know everything! We all need to learn. The course has given me a desire to learn more and to develop myself in dance and knowledge. Charlotte went above and beyond to give as much support to everyone’s individual needs”

“Very good course and well worth it!”

“I would just like to say thank you Charlotte for putting together an excellent course. I thought you were and excellent teacher and I would recommend you to others”