Safe Practice

Safe Practice

  • Recognize the importance of warming up before rehearsals and performances to prevent injuries. Warm up activities should include cardiovascular exercises, stretching, and strength-building exercises.
  • Regular cool down after practising or performing is crucial to gradually reduce the heart rate and to ensure muscles are well-stretched to avoid muscle stiffness.

Physical Health and Wellbeing

  • Maintaining good physical health allows dancers to perform to their best ability. This includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, and sufficient sleep.
  • Stay hydrated especially during rehearsals and performances because of the high amount of energy used in dance.

Appropriate Dancewear

  • Always wear suitable clothing and shoes for the dance genre. This not only ensures safety but also allows for maximum range of movement.
  • Jewelry should be removed to avoid injuries and distractions during performance.

Studio Etiquette

  • Understand the importance of respecting the dance space. This includes not eating or drinking in the studio (except water), keeping it clean, and being aware of others around you.
  • Follow teacher instructions for safe and effective learning. Listen actively, respect others, and take corrections and feedback on board to continue improving.

Dance Technique and Injury Prevention

  • Develop body awareness and understand how to use it in movement with control and precision.
  • Know how different movements and techniques can put strain on certain body parts. Application of correct technique can prevent potential injuries.
  • Understand how to fall safely in dance, which is essential in movements such as lifts, jumps, and tumbles. This includes knowing how to distribute body weight and using the correct body parts when landing.

Physical Environment

  • Take into consideration the dance floor and surrounding environment. Ensure it is clear and safe to use, and be aware of the potential risks in different dance environments such as outdoors, on a stage, etc.