I am still dipping in and out of Dance Medicine in Practice – the latest addition to my library of learning resources. So this is not the review that I have promised. That is still to come. I just want to say that if you are wondering about a useful Christmas present then you won’t go wrong with this book.
There are lots of illustrations and pictures and these help with understanding. Dance people often find they respond well to visual learning so demonstrated exercises and where to wrap the therabands is very useful. The dance focus of the anatomy is great and I am enjoying reading the chapter on the hip joint at the moment. Such a vital area for us to understand and incorporate into our teaching. This book is full of knowledge clearly understood by the author, medical doctor and osteopath, Lianne Simmel who is also a former professional dancer. As I say, a great book and well worth asking Santa for a copy.
My copy of Liane Simmel’s book ‘Dance Medicine in Practice’ (newly translated into English) and published by Routledge has just arrived. I love the anticipation of opening a brand new book. When I heard that Liane’s book was now available in I immediately ordered it and at first glance, it certainly does not disappoint.
This post is about my first impressions of this book as I have yet to read it. But flicking through the sections and pages it seems well thought out and offers a lot of useful information as one would expect from a medical doctor, osteopath and former professional dancer who specialises in dance medicine.
On Monday evening (30 april 2012), after the conference on nutrition and disordered eating in dance, I was one of over 200 dance professionals celebrating the launch of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS). The aims of NIDMS include providing all dancers access to high quality, evidence-based, dance specific healthcare and dance science services.
I have developed the Safe Dance Practice for Dance Teachers course to prepare dance teachers to take the internationally recognised Level 5 qualification in Safe and Effective Dance Practice (SEDP). This new qualification is the result of collaboration between Trinity College London and the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS). Topics include basic principles of:- anatomy and physiology; warming up and cooling down; nutrition and hydration; fitness for dancers, injury prevention and management; posture and alignment; planning dance sessions; safe progression of exercises; reflective practice as well as the dance studio environment. These topics are explored relevant to your own dance teaching practice. So if you are a teacher of leisure or social dance then you will focus on the topics from this perspective. And if you teach competitive or elite performers then you will be exploring how to employ safe dance practice in this context. Further details about his course are available from the website.