Safety in the Classroom
The safe practice of dance begins with a sprung floor. In addition to safe equipment and facilities, dance teachers must encourage students to employ safe practices. Consistently enforcing safe practices within the framework of school and district policies facilitates effective teaching and learning of course content.
The following recommendations will help keep dance classrooms free of accidents and injuries:
- Set examples through bio-mechanical and physiological instruction.
- Provide sufficient time for proper warm up of muscles and joints.
- Provide spotters and mats when necessary.
- Explain the bio-mechanics of safe lifting.
- Require appropriate clothing for class (correct attire does not restrict motion and allows teachers to spot incorrect body alignment, placement, and/or movement patterns).
- Require appropriate footwear for proper support of the foot during high impact activities (shoes must be in good repair to prevent injury).
- Instruct students in the proper first aid for sprains and blisters.
- Inspect dance floors to make sure they are clean and free of splinters.
- Instruct students in how to maintain a safe performance area and discuss traps, platforms, and risers.
The following recommendations for school administrators include ways to support a safe performance environment:
- Optimize class size in relation to the physical restrictions of the performance space.
- Provide dance surfaces appropriate for the dance style.
- Provide teachers with current information on accident liability and insurance.