CAHPERD and CDEA – “Bridging the Gap” by Typhani Harris
ARTISTIC ATHLETES – Introducing our new injury prevention column by Robin Kish
WDA-A – News from the World Dance Alliance – Americas Conference in Vancouver
LUNA DANCE INSTITUTE – Welcoming a new fundraiser and teaching artist to LUNA Dance
On Being Informed and Being Active
Decisions are made by those who show up. Right now is a time of incredible change and important decision making on all levels including the state legislation. The CDEA will do its best to keep you informed on the issues, but we call upon you in return to keep us informed of what’s happening on the front line. Remember: we can choose to be passive or active. There are two events being held in California on October 19th, both offer chances for you to become active and play a role in the future shaping of California dance. A discussion for dance artists and dance educators will be held at Cortines School of Performing Arts, and a little further south, community college dance instructors will be meeting at Palomar College to discuss the many issues facing them. Later this month is the National conference for NDEO in Miami, where CDEA members will be gathering information to bring back to California. For those who can’t make it to Miami, we ask that you save the date for a CDEA regional gathering on Nov 9th.
Danae and Beth
Injury Prevention Advice from Robin Kish, MS, MFA
A dancer is not that different from a football player taking care of their equipment, conditioning their bodies, and preparing mentally and physically for game day. A dancer meticulously picks out dance shoes; trains endlessly with no off-season; and struggles with performance anxiety, competition with peers, and deals with criticism from directors, teachers and choreographers. The main difference between the football player and the dancer is that the dancer must execute their movement to the rhythm of the music, be expressive and engage the audience. Both football players and dancers also suffer from acute and chronic injuries. However, there is a major difference in athletics and dance regarding injury. Dancers do not have immediate access to specialized performing arts medicine help and unfortunately dancers continue to push through pain until their technique begins to suffer and the pain ultimately ends their career. Through the field of dance kinesiology dance teachers can expand their knowledge of the body, maximizing performance and reducing the risk of injury.
Warning Signs Your Students Are Pushing To Hard
As dance teachers we must stay within our scope of practice, however, the majority of the time as teachers we are on the front lines dealing with physical injuries in our students. Without a medical degree to diagnose injuries how then can we determine when a dancer is pushing to hard and risking greater injury. In the technique class we have the unique advantage a medical professional does not have. We see our students on a regular basis and can assess changes in technique such as leg height, balance, and flexibility. Dancers should be maintaining or improving their technical level, however, if they begin to complain of pain and/or you notice a drop in leg extension height, asymmetry, compensation patterns developing these are signs something more serious is brewing. Many dance injuries are overuse injuries and take considerable time to reach the point a dancer cannot push through a typical class or performance. Unfortunately, by the time they usually ask for help, what would have been a relatively simple recovery has blown up into a significant challenge for the dancer to overcome. As educators being aware of subtle changes in our students technical abilities is the first step in minimizing injuries and time lost.
A Global Voice for Dance
News from the World Dance Alliance Americas Conference in July 2013, Vancouver Canada.
by Beth Megill
It seems that the CDEA isn’t the only dance organization experiencing a rising phoenix moment of transformation, new growth and boatloads of promise and excitement. The World Dance Alliance-Americas (WDAA) held a strong conference this summer at the Scotiabank Dance Center in Downtown Vancouver.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the WDAA (as a chapter of the Global World Dance Alliance) this conference included presenters from all of the Americas, including Alaskan-1st Nation dancers to Argentinian Tango dancers. The conference included classes, panels, scholarly presentations and a short dance performance each evening where dance artists presented work and received feedback from members of the Dance Critics Association.
Many of the conference attendees (including me) were first timers, many of us just having heard about the WDA this past year. Yet, this organization has been around for 20 years! A few years back the European chapter dissolved due to lack of support and member involvement. Having seen the collapse of the WDA Europe, the WDA Americas chapter members are determined not to allow that to happen. And, the energy is there to keep and grow the organization! Attendees left feeling invigorated by the panels, discussions and hallway encounters with each other. After a number of network meetings, the message we all decided on was:
Spread the word!
The WDA was formed to advocate for dance world wide and more practically to give a stamp of approval for many dance institutions that were not receiving respect from their local governments or institutions. But, the WDA has become much more! Now it is a networking opportunity for dance artists to travel worldwide, create exchanges and learn from crosscultural practices.
There is even a place on the website that serves as a sort of Craigslist for dancers. People around the world are invited to post calls for festivals, proposals, and exchanges or to simply solicit help from other dance specialists. The WDAA does not aim to replace national dance groups, but offer further support on a more global level.
Next year is a global year and the conference will be held in Angre, France! I am planning to go. How about you?
CDEA & CAHPERD…Bridging the Gap!
by Typhani Harris
This past weekend, in Long Beach, California Dance Educators got together to do what they do best…Dance!! We had an amazing contemporary session by studio owner, Wynesha Gardner, an intense Horton Modern class by Javan Nile, and a fun Zumba “get your sweat on” by Anna Jarrell.
As the day went on, more and more PE teachers were curious about all the fun we were having and joined in on the festivities. At lunch Shana Habel brought us current on the transpiring credential situation, and we had a great warm-up share where participants gave you the opportunity to “steal” a great warm-up!! We will be doing similar things at our state conference in Garden Grove in February-March and would love to see you there!!
I invite you to “like” our facebook page CAHPERDDance, and stay updated with our fabulous events!! CDEA members…have you created your NHSDA chapter yet??? If not…let’s do this!!! The National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) is a wonderful tool for not only bringing credibility to your amazing dance programs, but also, decorating your students at graduation and getting DANCE noticed!
Founded in 2005, NHSDA helps to promote and honor artistic achievement and leadership. Inductees receive a certificate of membership, prestige in scholarship applications and future resumes, are adorned with honor cords at graduation, and are eligible to apply for the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement award!
If you have not applied for your NHSDA chapter, contact me immediately!! And it’s free!!!
As an NDEO member your chapter is free and student inductions are only $8 per student!!! Send me your application TODAY!!! Get recognized!!! Go to: http://fs16.formsite.com/ndeoforms/nhsdasp/index.html to submit a chapter application!
Piquès & Pirouettès
CAHPERD, VP Dance
CDEA, NHSDA Representative
October Member Events!
October 19th – “Finding Common Ground” LA Dance Dialogue Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in downtown LA from 9:00am-12:00pm. It is titled, “Finding Common Ground – Dialogues with Arts Specialists and Teaching Artists.” Shana Habel and Sandy Suefert are hosting an event where dance artists and educators can have true and meaningful dialogue with each other in order to generate any next steps on how to better leverage our collective efforts in arts education. Please feel free to share this link with your colleagues in all art forms, and join us for a morning of engaging – and valuable – collaboration. Feel free to contact Shana if you have any questions at email@example.com. See you there! http://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-common-ground-dialogues-with-arts-specialists-teaching-artists-tickets-8389853277
October 19th – Community College Summit Molly Faulkner of Palomar College is hosting a follow up meeting to last year’s Dance Association for California Community Colleges summit at Irvine Valley College. The event will be held at Palomar College from 9:00am- 3:30pm. Agenda items include: Pros and Cons of a dance TMC, Repeatability and Articulation issues, TOP Codes and more. Please reserve your place with Molly at MFaulkner@palomar.edu.
November 9th – Regional CDEA meetings! Save the Date Both Nor Cal and So Cal CDEA correspondents will be hosting a post-NDEO conference event in their respective regions. This is open to all members and those interested in becoming members. The event will be held in the morning between 10-1pm at a location to be determined. Please come to learn more about the current efforts of CDEA and how they affect you! Learn more about the California Credential efforts, National efforts and their effect on us at a state level and news from the recent Community College Dance Summit.
LUNA DANCE INSTITUTE Welcomes New Artist
Katherine McGinity’s love of dance began as a teen and developed into a career as a professional ballet dancer for Eugene Ballet, State Street Ballet, Inland Pacific Ballet, as well as opera and musical theater companies. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Katherine has presented her own work and guest performed with The Thick Rich Ones and inkBoat. She is passionate about dance education and has taught all ages for 20 years. Katherine holds a BA in Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley, an MA in Dance from Mills College and is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst.
Patricia Reedy first met Katherine in a Laban course taught by Peggy Hackney. Katherine was assisting Peggy to accumulate hours toward her certification. She caught Patricia’s attention for her extraordinary sensitivity and intelligence, even though relatively young herself. Later, they met up again in Patricia’s Dance 253 class at Mills that Katherine now teaches. She first appeared at Luna as a performer in an inkBoat excerpt at Luna’s 20th anniversary 20/20 Choreographer’s showcase.
Katherine’s involvement with the SFBA dance community also includes project management, arts outreach, company management and lighting and technical theater work. She will share her skills at Luna as a fundraiser and teaching artist. One month into her position, she has worked with Nancy Ng to modernize our individual solicitation campaign, improve recordkeeping and enhance community relations, and she has already introduced us to a new volunteer! We are excited to implement some of Katherine’s near-daily great ideas and have her share her teaching talents with our dancing students beginning in January.
Dance Resource Center Los Angeles – Call for Research!
The NEA has released an RFP for theory-driven research projects. The DRC sees community colleges as vital to the Southern California dance ecosystem, and is committed to supporting the needs and activities of the educators and administrators who keep them thriving. We are hoping to craft a research proposal around the impact of community colleges on the dance field in Southern California. Specifically, I am interested in course repeatability and accessibility to dance education for diverse and low-income populations. Research might include:
- Student demographics over a 3-5 year span
- Interviews with students, professors, and administrators
- Tracking students’ transitions into the local arts workforce
- Case studies of 3-4 local dance companies and their dancers/administrators
The grant proposal is due on November 5th, and we would love to establish our partners, their roles, and an estimated budget for the project by October 11th so that we have ample time to craft and edit. Contact Shayna Keller for more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or cell (818.723.7902).