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At the heart of English folk
Folk dancing

Professional Development Day

Keeping Folk Dancers On Their Feet - an introduction to safe and effective dance practice

Led by Edel Quin
Programme Leader for Dance Science, University of Chichester

I have learnt so much to take back to my side, and I have many ideas of how to incorporate this into our dancing.

Absolutely invaluable - learned a huge amount about HOW and also WHY.

Past delegates

Friday 21 September, 10.30am – 5pm (registration from 10am)
Cecil Sharp House

£35 | £28 concessions

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A valuable training day for morris, sword, step / clog and other folk dancers with information on how to dance longer and dance better! This one day workshop will focus on discussing and applying the principles of safe and effective practice to English folk dance, with consideration for the dancer and the teacher.

Explore why safe dance practice is important for folk dancers:

  • Gain a basic understanding of relevant musculoskeletal anatomy, looking at muscles specifically involved in your folk dance style (eg morris, clog, sword)
  • Look at the importance of warm up and cool down – sharing ideas to use in your own practice as a performer or teacher
  • Highlight different needs for younger dancing bodies (children and adolescents), as well as considerations for older dancing bodies
  • Provide a networking opportunity

Key readings, online resources, organisations and support networks for seeking future knowledge and support for safe dance practice will be provided.

Please wear comfortable clothing and supportive footwear to allow for some movement explorations to take place throughout the day.


Edel Quin
Edel Quin, BA (Hons), MSc, FHEA, is a former professional dancer and currently leads the ​Dance Science programme at the University of Chichester​. Her performance experience includes five years touring with Riverdance, a stint on London’s Westend, and an original member of Henri Oguike's H20 Dance Company. In her teaching, Edel specializes in the application of dance science to the practice of dance across styles, ages and settings. She is co-author of 'Safe Dance Practice. An applied Dance Science Perspective', has published numerous educational and research papers and frequently presents her applied research at national and international conferences. In addition, Edel is a registered course provider with Safe in Dance International (SiDI), a trained Empowering DanceTM tutor and serves on the education committee of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS). A sought-after speaker and teacher she has worked in the UK, Ireland, Europe, USA and Hong Kong.

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