24 November 2022 1:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Individual Anatomical Anomalies and Adaptations in Dance


This interactive webinar is part of a series on healthy dance practice. It will help participants recognize potential anatomical differences and consider how to modify dance material for individual dancers in order to minimize risk of injury and maximize potential.

This webinar includes some simple, stationary movement components.


  • explore the factors and conditions that affect a dancer’s ability to maintain healthy and efficient alignment;
  • equip participants with an understanding of how to asses a dancer’s structure for individual physical capacities and limitations;
  • discuss how to adapt dance session aims and content in response to an individual dancer’s needs.


  • have a greater understanding of how to promote healthy alignment in individual dancers;
  • be able to asses and provide feedback on how to develop individual capacities and how to address individual weaknesses and restrictions in a dancer’s body to ensure personal structural limitations are not exceeded;
  • be able to adapt dance material for individual dancers to reduce the risk of injury and maximize potential;
  • be equipped with knowledge of the sixth core principle of Safe in Dance International’s Healthy Dance Practice Certificate (HDPC).

This activity is worth 2 hours of Time-Valued CPD.

Tutor: Andrea Downie

ANDREA DOWNIE, MA, is the Founding Director of EnhanceDance, an initiative established in 2017 to share evidence-based principles and best practice in dance teaching, training and performance. She is a founding member, Immediate Past President and Co-Chair of the Resources Committee for Healthy Dancer Canada (HDC), a non-profit organization founded in 2008 and dedicated to improving the health, well-being and performance of all dancers.

A dance educator, choreographer and kinesiology instructor with 25 years of experience, Andrea is currently pursuing a PhD in Kinesiology at University of Calgary, focusing on dance science, somatics and transformative experiences in dance. She received her MA in Dance Studies and her HonBFA in Dance Performance from York University. Her master’s research focused on motor learning, and from it, she developed the Multisensory Pedagogical Model for Dance Skill Instruction to enhance dance skill learning. Andrea completed her professional training at Dance New Amsterdam (formerly Dance Space Centre) in New York City, and performed with Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects while there.

Andrea is a certified Level 1 & Level 2 Conditioning-with-Imagery Training teacher, the C-I TrainingTM Course Director, as well as the provider of the Level 1 C-I TrainingTM Teacher Course & Certification. She is one of only a few certified teachers of Simonson Technique in Canada. She is also a Registered Provider with Safe in Dance International for the Healthy Dance Certificates, and a third-party CPD course provider for Royal Academy of Dance Canada.

Andrea has experience working with professional, pre-professional and recreational dancers of all ages, levels and abilities. She works actively across Canada as a teacher-tutor, guest dance instructor, choreographer, and speaker, enthusiastically sharing her passion for dance. Her dance classes are intelligently-structured, founded on evidence-based principles and best practices, and integrate dance history. Her choreography delves into various aspects of the individual and collective experience to explore what it is that makes us human.

Andrea resides in Toronto and Calgary. She is an adjunct professor in the Dance Program at University of Calgary, and teaches at The School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) in Toronto. Her classes encourage somatic awareness, movement efficiency and effectiveness, and individual artistic expression within a safe, supportive and inclusive environment.

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Key Information

Time Duration Fee
1:00 - 3:00 pm ET 2 hours $35: Member
$45: Non-Member

How to apply

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  • Computer or mobile device with internet connection
  • Speakers


  • The webinars will be presented via Zoom
  • The webinars will be recorded. The recording will be made available to all registrants.

CPD Hours:

  • Hours awarded regardless if you attend live or view the recording.
Note: All participants must register individually.