The Primary Purposes of why the screening should be mandatory are to:
The Secondary Purposes of why the screening is essential are to:
Benefits of Standardization
The decision to create one standardized protocol for all companies is based on the premise that there are basic principles of functional movement common to all dancers. Likewise, there are basic aspects of general health, emotional status, and nutrition that are common to all people, and problems in these areas may increase the dancer’s risk of injury and ill health. Where a specific type of company differs in the style of their work, additional assessments are encouraged. In no way do additional tests prevent pooling of the basic standardized data.
The following are only some of the ways that such data can be used:
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Overview of Annual Post-Hire Health Screen for Professional Dancers
Thank you for your interest in dancer welfare and the Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health. For professional companies interested in the Task Force Screening Tool and the Guidelines for Administering the Screen, please contact directly:
Nancy Kadel, MD
Chair, Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health
Heather Southwick, P.T.
Vice-Chair, Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health