Training in Dance and Health with a focus on « Prevention, Performance Enhancement and Recovery. »

This training module is aimed at all artist-teachers and health practitioners seeking to develop their professional background, and further or broaden the range of knowledge and skills in either field, particularly in connection to dance and health.



PLACE OF TRAINING: Pôle National Supérieur de Danse Rosella Hightower à Mougins

DAY 1: 9.30AM-5.30PM, I.E. 6 HOURS
DAY 2: 8.30AM-6PM, I.E. 7.5 HOURS
DAY 3: 9.30AM-1PM, I.E. 3.5 HOURS

Total hours of training: 17 hours spread over two days and one half-day.
The first two days of training can be split into two separate days.

Target audience and prerequisites:

- Artists : State-certified dance teachers, professional dancers, circus professionals, somatic techniques teachers (Pilates, Yoga, PBT, Feldenkrais, Gyrotonic), AFCMD teachers, D.E. dance teacher students, etc.

- Practitioners: health professionals, care professionals, health and care students, adapted physical activity professionals, STAPS students, etc.

Some of the training modules are common to both groups of trainees, while others offer a specific approach.

General training objectives :

- To develop dance teachers' skills in observing pupils and adapting and individualising their teaching.
- To give dance teachers the first keys to taking charge of dancers' health in their teaching, from childhood to adulthood
- Provide professional dancers with the tools to take independent responsibility for health issues
- To develop the health practitioner's tools for effective care of dancers, from students to professional dancers

Educational objectives :

- Improve dancer performance through a clear understanding of the concepts of dancer health, appropriate physical preparation and the role of recovery in progress.
- Integrate the benefits of appropriate physical preparation or dance-related practices (Pilates, physical preparation) to improve performance
- Understand how better health management can improve dancer performance and become aware of the role of the dance teacher/ballet master within a professional network (medical, paramedical, administrative, etc.).

Teaching methods :

- Observation of a ballet class
- Workshops, lectures, exchanges of experience

2024 programme :

Day 1: Health, prevention, performance: concepts and practical applications

- Conference-discussion on Health and Performance
- Group workshops :
   Dance teachers: Exercises linking health prevention and teaching objectives
   Health practitioners: Specificities of the dancer's body
- Videoconference: Psychosocial issues of health in dance
- Conference-discussion: Cognitive biases in healthcare practice and teaching

Day 2: Physical and physiological preparation adapted to the needs of dancers

- Observation and analysis of an advanced dance class, anatomical coaching
- Principles of prevention and recovery
- Workshop: Understanding the specific needs of dancers

Day 3: Prevention, emergency care, pain management

- Group workshops :
   Dance teachers: what to do in the event of an injury in the studio 
   Health practitioners: practical care around performance time
- For all : Dancer's pain: what to do? what to say?
- Training summary


Peter Lewton-Brain, former professional dancer, osteopath, PhD City University London, Past President of the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science, Head of the Health and Performance team of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, of the Association Danse Médecine Recherche (ADMRdance).

Agathe Dumont, dancer and teacher-researcher in dance, DE trainer, graduate in sports performance expertise, member of the board of the Association Danse Médecine Recherche (ADMRdance).

Chloé Saumade, dancer, osteopath, coordinator of the Health Centre Association at PNSD Rosella Hightower, and board member of the Dance Medicine research Association (AMDRdance).

Idir Chatar, professional dancer, former student of the school and doctoral student on placement at the PNSD "Neuropsychiatric determinants of the risk of injury in dancers: from theory to practice".

Clémence Tourneur, masseuse-physiotherapist in the Health and Performance Team of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, MSc Dance Science (Wolverhampton University), board member of the Association Danse Médecine Recherche (ADMRdance).

Soahanta de Oliveira, ballet dancer and teacher, Argentine tango dancer, trainer in Functional Analysis of the Body in Danced Movement, Feldekrais practitioner, Alexander, Eutonie, Pilates, Girotonic, BMC, Yoga, Rolfing...

Technical and teaching resources

Each PNSD training space is adapted to technical and teaching needs: dance studios, classrooms, changing rooms and toilets. The PNSD guarantees access to the teaching materials needed for each training session: skeletons, balls, mats, elastics, yoga bricks, audio and video equipment, flipchart paper. This course is only offered face-to-face. Dance resources are also available to trainees via a shared online folder.


The acquisition of the skills targeted by the training is assessed by the trainers in the form of practical exercises and/or simulations. A formal training certificate is sent to each participant after the course. As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the range of courses we offer, each trainee fills in a positioning questionnaire prior to the course, followed by a satisfaction questionnaire which also asks about future training needs.

Further studies

Complete your training : Diplôme Universitaire Danse Santé et Vieillissement.

The PNSD Rosella Hightower is open to all specific requests in the event of a disability, in order to make it easier for you to take part in our training courses. Contact the Disability Officer.


2.5 days: €520
1 day: €260
Compulsory annual membership fee: €33

The cost of the course may be covered as part of continuing professional training.

What trainees have to say

Trainee satisfaction rate for the 2023 session

- Course content: 95.33%
- Training reception: 93.33%
- Overall satisfaction: 86.66%

Rate of achievement of objectives for beneficiaries : 87.5%

Rate of questionnaire participants: 45.5%

Trainee satisfaction rate for the 2022 session

- Course content: 100%
- Welcome to the course: 100%
- Overall satisfaction: 100%

Rate of achievement of objectives for beneficiaries : 100%

Rate of questionnaire participants: 70%

Trainee satisfaction rate for the 2020 session

- Course content: 98.61%
- Welcome to the course: 100%
- Overall satisfaction: 95%

Rate of achievement of objectives for beneficiaries : 93%

Rate of questionnaire participants: 100%

What was most appreciated

"The experience, the knowledge, the themes and the good complementarity between teachers and osteopaths.

"The focus on teaching".

"The quality of the speakers".

"The development of new skills...".

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