Safe Dance Practice Policy
Prima Stage School aspires to provide:
- Healthy and effective dance training
- Fit, healthy, confident, accomplished dancers
- Responsible employment of teachers taking into account dance specific industry recommendations in addition to statutory health and safety requirements.
- All teachers to maintain Continuing professional development.
All dancers will have a right to:
- Be taught safely and effectively by an appropriately qualified and experienced teacher.
- Education in and access to up-to-date information on healthy dance practice, injury prevention and dance science.
- Safe and appropriate spaces to work in.
- An environment that allows for adequate rest, nutrition, hydration.
- An environment that is conducive to psychological as well as physical health in order to meet the performance demands of the dancer-athlete.
DANCE EDUCATION and TRAINING
- A basic introduction to warming up and cooling down, nutrition and applied anatomy demonstrated through the teaching.
- Explanation from the teacher for students (and parents) on why these are important and how they apply to healthy dance practice.
- Information on injury prevention and management.
- Information on the growth spurt.
For DANCE TEACHERS
- The application of the above in and through the teaching of dance.
- Basic first aid and the contents of a dancer’s first aid box.
Continuing Professional Development to be maintained
- Being a member of the IDTA that will ensure access to up-to-date information and news of developments in the field.
SUPPORTING AND MAINTAINING A SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR DANCE TEACHING
- All students will receive a safe warm-up to prepare for their class
- Dance Studio – the requirements for safe and optimal dance practices are:
- A clean, non slippery floor with the appropriate surface for the type of dance
- An uncluttered floor
- A high enough ceiling to allow jumping, leaping and lifting without obstruction.
- Enough space so that when limbs are outstretched each dancer has enough personal space not to come into contact with an obstruction/fellow dancer.
- Natural lighting
- Heating able to be maintained at a comfortable 21c.
- All apparatus is checked that it is safe and in excellent condition
- All hand help props are in a good and safe condition for use in dance
- Music is at a comfortable level for young children’s ears
- Students to wear appropriate clothing for the type of class they are participating in
- Student’s hair to be tied back off faces
- No wearing of jewellery
Prima Stage School will have in place the following policies as appropriate:
- Child protection.
- Health and Safety – general.
- Injury prevention and management.