26 February 2023 1:00 - 3:00 pm ET

Integrated and Complementary Conditioning for Dance


This interactive webinar is part of a series on healthy dance practice. It will introduce participants to training principles and components of physical fitness in safe dance practice. Participants will explore aspects and benefits of conditioning, bodywork, relaxation, and somatic practices and understand how they can support healthy dance activity.

This webinar includes a movement component.


  • explore the different components of physical fitness and principles for training that support dancers’ skill development and readiness to dance;
  • provide a practical experience of various stretching methods and relaxation techniques;
  • increase awareness of complementary training practices that support dance activity;
  • discuss the practical elements of how to integrate complementary training into a dance program or dance session with consideration of the benefits and challenges.


  • be able to identify in dancers the aspects of physical fitness that need addressing and consider if this is best done within or outside the dance class context;
  • be able to provide guidance on how to safely improve the various components of physical fitness, including muscular strength and flexibility;
  • have gained an appreciation of the distinguishing aspects and benefits of conditioning, bodywork, relaxation, and somatic practices and understand how they can support healthy dance practice;
  • be equipped with knowledge of the ninth 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.


If you have any questions about this activity, please email courses@radcanada.org

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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.