Safe in Dance International

Healthy Dance Practice Certificate (HDPC) – Safe in Dance International (SiDI)

The Healthy Dance Practice Certificate is designed for those teaching or leading dancers in any setting and in any style. 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 HDPC 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 healthy dance practice and support the physical and mental wellbeing of participants.

It is often thought that safe practice is about restrictive health and safety legislation but there are many more aspects to take into account. Research into this multi-layered approach will lead you to learn more about the necessity of understanding how the body works biomechanically to promote good alignment, discover how good injury awareness and management can protect dancers, why proper nutrition and hydration is important to maintain dancers health and performance while they dance and why psychological elements should be taken into consideration to ensure a safe and effective learning environment. While these are all essential to providing a positive dance experience, it is vital that they are applied with the specific participant group’s needs, abilities and desired outcomes in mind. Your submitted materials will demonstrate both your knowledge and application of all of the Core Principles, with direct attention paid to your specific dancers and stylistic context.

This certificate awards 60 hours of continuing professional development.

The cost of the HDPC is £150.

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The HDPC teacher training

This teacher training course, is specifically created for teachers who want to undertake the Safe in Dance International (SiDI) Healthy Dance Practice Certificate (HDPC).

This 30 hours training course, prepares the participants for the certification and provides them with the knowledge that is specific to safe dance practice, teaching and training. The training is given by a registered provider of SiDI who also has an MSc in Dance science and a member of Healthy Dancer Canada (HDC) who have a partnership with SiDI and endorse the certification.


The HDPC structure

Works around Ten Core Principles if understood and successfully applied can contribute to reduced injury risk and enhanced performance.

These are organised within 5 Knowledge Areas:

  • Preparation for healthy dance practice
  • Health and wellbeing
  • The individual dancing body
  • Physiology in practice
  • Application of the above

The Ten Core Principles of SiDI

  1. Health and Safety in the Dance Environment
  2. Injury Prevention and Management
  3. Nutrition and Hydration
  4. Psychological Aspects of Dance Practice
  5. Anatomical and Biomechanical Principles of Alignment
  6. Individual Anomalies and Adaptations
  7. Group Specific Needs and Risk Factors (age and disability)
  8. Warm up and Cool down
  9. Integrated and Supplementary Physical Conditioning
  10. Safe Progression, Sequencing and Structure of Dance Activities

Structure of the certification

After the course, participants will be able to independently, and at their own pace respond to all the 3 sections of the SiDI HDPC. The certification consists of three sections to be completed by the participants.

Section One – Dance Health and Safety

  • 10 short answer questions
  • Deals with CP 1 – everything that you should know or have in place to ensure that the environment that you are working in is safe for you and your participants
  • Facilities, floors, sound, light, clothing, duty of care and codes of conduct


Section Two – Theoretical Knowledge

  • 3 questions of 500 words each
  • One question relating to the principles within each Knowledge Area 2,3 and 4
  • Evidences your theoretical understanding of the Core Principles with reference to your personal context


Section Three – Application to PracticeEvidences how you practically apply the Healthy Dance knowledge specific to your genre

  • A DVD recording (45 minutes) showing you delivering a session representative of your usual context
  • A written Review of the same session, highlighting areas of good practice and those which might have been improved (in healthy dance terms)
  • A written response to one genre-specific question

How is the Certificate submitted?

  • You complete the requirements over a year in your own time
  • When ready you send your completed Sections 1, 2 and 3 to Safe in Dance International

For more information visit the Safe in Dance International website.


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