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The New York State Dance Education Association Winter Conference
Techniques for Self Preservation

March 1st-2nd, 2014

NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
35 West 4th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY  10012
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Feb 10th

Join NYSDEA for its winter conference at NYU Steinhardt this March to explore the role of somatics and science in dance education. The theme for this year will focus on “Techniques for Self-Preservation,” including:

  • Understand and explore dance practice through the study of anatomy and kinesiology;
  • Integrate the study of dance science and dance pedagogy to promote safe and efficient movement patterns and sequencing;
  • Promote injury prevention strategies and acquire injury management tools to develop and maintain healthy dance environments.

                                                    Early                                     On-Site

                                                Before Feb 10th                 After Feb 10th

Membership Rate                         $125                                       $200
Non-Member*                              $220                                       $295

Student                                         $45                                         $75

*Non-Members: Receive a complementary one-year membership in NDEO/NYSDEA at no extra charge.


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Principles of Dance Medicine: Clinical Management of the Dancer Patient
Digital Continuing Medical Education (CME) course
Sponsored by the NYU Post-Graduate Medical School
Coming in 2014

2014 DEL Summer Intensive
Anatomy and Kinesiology for the Dancer  
Dance Education Laboratory
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave
New York, NY  10128
Monday June 16 – Thursday June 19 ; 6-9pm
Saturday June 21 – Sunday June 22 ; 1:30-5:30pm
$375 until June 9th ; $400 after

Apply kinesiological principles and functional anatomy to your dance practice. Build foundational knowledge on the biological, psychosocial and environmental factors that influence a dancer's current and future health. Explore the musculoskeletal system, common dance injuries, injury prevention, and conditioning for the dancer of all ages and levels of participation. Integrate your knowledge to produce efficient movement strategies for students.

For more information visit:


Past Continuing Education Courses: Dancers and Dance Educators

Texas A&M Residency
Texas A&M Dance Department
College Station, TX
November 18-21, 2013

Injury Prevention Workshop Panel
The School At Steps
2121 Broadway 4th Fl
April 14, 2013
$5 Admission (FREE for School at Steps Students and Families)

"Dance Medicine Careers" Panel
The Actors Equity Association
165 W 46th St (at 7th Ave)
14th Floor Council Room
April 18th , 2013

Liberal Education for the Arts Professionals (LEAP)
Kinesiology and Human Performance
Fall 2012
For more information or to register for LEAP visit


Principles of Dance Medicine:  Clinical Management of the Dancer Patient
July 12, 2012

Course Agenda

In July the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries (HCDI) held its acclaimedPrinciples of Dance Medicine: Clinical Management of the Dancer Patient continuing medical education (CME) course. This was the fourth time this course has been offered since 2007 and HCDI welcomed attendees from over twenty-five of the United States as well as from countries around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Israel, Japan, and the United Kingdom.  The Principles of Dance Medicine CME course, sponsored by the NYU Post-Graduate Medical School, was specifically designed for physicians and allied healthcare practitioners who work with, or have an interest in working with, dancer-patients. The first day of the course was  open  to dance educators, somatic practitioners, and dance scientists so that an opportunity for communication between dance professionals and medical professionals could take place.  

Past CME course participants have exclaimed:

“I am very excited to incorporate the new evaluation tools, and treatment techniques that were learned in the labs.” “This was an excellent conference.  The best I've ever been to, to be honest.  The staff showed passion and expertise.”  

Dance Medicine for Dance Educators
Jan 21-22nd, 2012
Sponsored by Fairfax County Dance Coalition (FCDC)
Hosted by George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
For more information, please visit the FCDC website at:

The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries of the NYU Langone Medical Center's Hospital for Joint Diseases was invited by the Fairfax County Dance Coalition and George Mason University’s School of Dance to present a two day conference/workshop entitled, Dance Medicine for Dance Educators. The course addressed the most up-to-date information about the health and well-being of dance students with its purpose being to enable dance educators to incorporate relevant, practical dance science content into their curricula. Participants learned about the science of prevention and the best practice techniques for restoring function to injured dancers to training.

Topics included:

  • Studio Survival Tips: Practical Strategies For Safety, Injury Prevention and Management of Dance Injuries
  • Debunking Common Myths: Bringing Useful and Relevant Science into the Studio
  • Biopsychosocial Considerations of Dance Injury
  • Teaching Methods That Promote and Protect Career Longevity
  • Health Precautions and Related Training Modifications for The Adolescent Dancer
  • Functional Tests to Assess Pointe Readiness
  • Tips for Keeping You, the Teacher, Healthy


UNITY Annual Meeting
January 21-22nd, 2012
Skyline Hotel, NYC
For more information about the UNITY meeting please visit the UNITY website, at

UNITY is a 501 c3 not-for-profit coalition of dance education and associated organizations which fosters cooperation and dialogue within the dance profession and promotes excellence in dance education across all sectors. The 15th Annual UNITY meeting was held January 21 & 22nd in NYC.  The agenda included groundbreaking discussion which led to the creation of unified statements (white papers) regarding two issues that impact the dance educators who you represent. “The Responsibilities of a Dance Teacher” and “Benefits of Belonging to a Dance Organization” were topics that engendered lively discussion. The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries presented a special workshop and informational session about the importance of injury prevention education for the dance teachers and students.

Dance Medicine for Dance Educators
Sponsored by New York State Dance Education Association (NYSDEA)
March 12-13, 2011
SUNY Buffalo

Liberal Education for the Arts Professionals (LEAP)
Kinesiology and Human Performance
Spring 2011
For more information or to register for LEAP visit

Dance Medicine for Dance Educators: Specific Concerns
New York State Dance Educators Association (NYSDEA)
Annual Conference

March 6-7, 2010

Liberal Education for Arts Professionals
Kinesiology and Human Performance
A program of Manhattan College and Saint Mary's College of California
Fall 2009

Dance Health: Minding the Body, Finding the Balance
Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) a program of the 92nd Street Y, Harkness Dance Center
July 6-10, 2009


What past course participants are saying:

"These teachers are truly experts in the field. Pleasure to learn from them. Bravo!"
-Minding the Body, Healing the Dancer, 2009

"I am so glad I took the course- I kept thinking about particular students and how I will help them in the fall!"
-Minding the Body, Healing the Dancer, 2009  

"I have been practicing for 27 years and taken multiple courses and I feel that this was one of the BEST courses I have taken..."
-Musculoskeletal Examination and Interventions of the Dancer using Regional Interdependence as a Framework, 2009 

“This entire workshop was outstanding - I learned so much practical information!”
-Principles of Dance Medicine: Clinical Management of the Dancer Patient, 2008

“Superb overview and incredibly well organized.  The information was invaluable and easily applicable to my clinical practice immediately. THANK YOU!”
-Principles of Dance Medicine: Clinical Management of the Dancer Patient, 2007

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