Keep Dancing Safely - with Safe in Dance International (SIDI)

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Date - Fri, 16 Jul 2021

Venue - Online

Style - Webinar


We are delighted to be welcoming SiDI to reflect upon the Department of Education Code of Practice and its application for best practice.

Event Details

‘Optimising Performance, Minimising Injury, Enhancing Dance’
Time: 11:00 - 12:30 (BST)

In the third seminar delivered by SiDI, we will look at the UK Department of Education Code of Practice guidance ‘Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings’ and how this can serve as a template for best practice to us all in the international dance education sectors.

FREE for members, this session will update participants’ knowledge and understanding of how to create a safe and supportive dancing environment. It looks at issues ranging from mitigating risks of the non-optimum studio environment - to safeguarding in both its specific, legal sense as well as in its broadest interpretation – guarding the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of all those involved in dance.

Alongside this, we will look at recent dance science research that informs current best practice to mitigate risks in the physical dance environment.

Code of Practice

  • Basic Requirements
  • Duty of care
  • Health and safety policy
  • Fire safety
  • Parental Consent and Attendance Registers
  • Legal Requirements and Statutory Guidance
  • Questions a parent or carer may ask you.


Presented by Maggie Morris and Sonia Rafferty of Safe in Dance International

Safe in Dance International (SiDI) was formed in 2013 by Maggie Morris and Sonia Rafferty. SiDI’s mission is to ensure that current research in dance science can be applied for the benefit of all dance practitioners to promote a safe and healthy dance experience and minimise the risk of injury. We work internationally across all genres and levels of participation. SiDI applies our ten ‘Core Principles’ of healthy dance practice to many different contexts, from teacher training to CPD courses and in educational settings. We offer endorsement of the knowledge, understanding and application of these principles through our Certificates which are achieved via independent study or through our international network of Registered Providers.

Sonia and Maggie have many years of experience in dance performance, dance education and training. Both started out as professional dancers, touring extensively and both have been artistic directors. They have taught in conservatoire and university settings, as artists in residence and for professional companies. Their research, understanding and application of dance science principles to practice and their subsequent founding of Safe in Dance International came from their desire to see less injury in the dance professional. As SiDI Co-Founders, they have expertise in delivering courses, CPD and providing advice on safe and healthy dance practice, as well as qualification development and quality assurance. They have presented on a range of topics at international conferences.

SiDI is endorsed by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre Dance (CDMT) and we are connected to organisations, awarding bodies and educational institutions worldwide through our partnerships and affiliations, including the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS), the One Dance UK Healthier Dancer Programme, People Dancing and Healthy Dancer Canada. 

SiDI has been working in partnership with the ISTD since 2017 to embed safe dance practice principles into its teaching qualifications. “Safe Dance Practice: An applied dance science perspective” has become a seminal text for healthy dance practice. Independently co-authored by Sonia with two of SiDI’s Associates, Edel Quin and Charlotte Tomlinson, the book covers many aspects of safe practice that are incorporated into SiDI’s Core Principles.

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Member: Free
Non-member: £20

Event sold out? Please email coursebookings@istd.org

Further discounts for Society members