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Harkness Center for Dance Injuries: Applied Science of Dancer Health and Injury Prevention

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Professor: Joshua Honrado, Kristen Stevens, and William Zinser

Tuition: $520 member / $595 non-member

12 Weeks; 3 NDEO-Endorsed PDCs


Dance educators in every genre of dance serve a myriad of student populations. The goal of this evidenced-based course is to present you, the dance educator, with key principles of overall health in a way that will allow you to critically interpret the information, apply it to your dance education setting, and formulate a dance injury prevention plan of action in your teaching practice. Participants will explore the relationship, or spectrum, between overall health and dance injuries in order to consider what a dance injury prevention plan of action would include in any given environment. Topics covered will include physical, psychodynamic, and environmental factors; motor skill development; strength and conditioning principles; common dance injuries and their formal nomenclature; common myths about injury and training; adolescent dancer health; basic functional anatomy/biomechanics and nutrition; and teacher self-care.

Upon analyzing the course material, participants will design an action plan for their students and receive feedback from Harkness Center for Dance Injuries (HCDI) clinicians. At the end of this course, students will demonstrate knowledge of what factors constitute overall health and how they can use this knowledge to develop and deepen their own teaching practices, regardless of educational setting. It is strongly encouraged but not required that prior to engaging in this course, that participants have previously taken NDEO’s OPDI-110 Dance Kinesiology and Applied Teaching Practice or another anatomy/kinesiology course. 

Required Materials: Lectures from HCDI’s DanceMedU online learning platform. These will be ordered during the course. Price is tbd.

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Past Student Testimonials

"The course benefited me greatly in an area that is detrimental to dancers, but often missed. I believe I am now more aware of the various types of injuries as well as providing prevention for my dancers."

"I feel that I am more prepared to answer questions from my dancers in the classroom and during their training. I hope that I am able to take this information and teach better classes with injury prevention in mind."

"I really liked the general pass of the course.... it never felt like I was given too much or too little information."

"It helped me re evaluate how to format rehearsals and classes for the health and well being of my dancers."

"This helped raise my awareness of dancer wellness immensely. I was introduced to SO many great resources and readings, and I plan to continue digging into many of these ideas and research. If I am able to make myself more knowledgable, I'll be able to better serve my students.

"I particularly liked the information with regard to adolescent dancers, and learning about all of the risk factors that contribute to an injury (Biopsychosocial model was new for me). It helps me understand how we can attempt to reduce these risks in the studio.

"I found the information to be very practical and applicable to my job and I will continue to refer back to my notes and assignments as I endeavor to work on an injury prevention and cross training plan...I just have to get other teachers on board!"

Professor Bios

Joshua Honrado, an athletic trainer at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Health, provides backstage care to Broadway shows and elite dance companies as well as injury prevention assessments and educational lectures to the dance community. He received his MS in athletic training from Seton Hall University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Athletic Training from A.T. Still University. Mr. Honrado is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a registered yoga teacher. Joshua teaches OPDI-116: Harkness Center for Dance Injuries: The Applied Science of Dancer Health and Injury Prevention.

Kristen Stevens coordinates education programs and marketing at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Health. Previously, she worked as a professional ballet dancer in companies including Norwegian National Ballet and BalletMet Columbus. She is now on faculty at the American Ballet Theatre’s JKO School Children’s Division and is a Teaching Artist for the New York City Ballet. She holds a master’s degree in arts administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. Kristen teaches OPDI-116: Harkness Center for Dance Injuries: The Applied Science of Dancer Health and Injury Prevention

William Zinser, an athletic trainer at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries at NYU Langone Health, holds a dual bachelor’s degree in athletic training and health promotion from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently seeking his master’s degree in exercise science, with a concentration in strength and conditioning from the Milken Institute of Public Health at George Washington University. Mr. Zinser has a gymnastics background, having competed in high school and college. He also studied circus aerials and acrobatics at CircoArts, a division of Christchurch Polytech in New Zealand. William teaches OPDI-116: Harkness Center for Dance Injuries: The Applied Science of Dancer Health and Injury Prevention.