Health and safety in the studio

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Health and safety in the studio

  1. 1. Health and Safety in the Studio
  2. 2. It may seem quite logical, but dance can be a dangerous activity if caution is not taken to ensure that all risks of injury are minimised. You need to be aware of these both for your own safety- and because it may appear on your Unit 1 exam!
  3. 3. Types of things to consider concerning the dance environment…
  4. 4. Ventilation
  5. 5. Why is Ventilation important? • Dancers need a source of fresh, noncontaminated air • Allows the removal of stale and humid air • Ensure air movement which provides a sense of freshness without a draught • Without ventilation the studio becomes stuffy • Without ventilation it is difficult for dancers to maintain their attention and the risk of accidents is greater
  6. 6. Temperature
  7. 7. Why is Temperature important? • Helps the dancer’s body to warm up appropriately • Reduce the chances of injury • Layers of clothing are worn which can then be discarded as the dancers warm up. • Individuals have personal preferences concerning the environmental temperature and it is difficult to specify a level which satisfies everyone, however, Equity recommends a minimum temperature of 18 degrees
  8. 8. Lighting
  9. 9. Why is Lighting important? • Enables dancers to see and avoids injury • Should be sufficient to enable dancers to move about safely • Lights and light fittings should not create a hazard
  10. 10. Cleanliness
  11. 11. Why is it Cleanliness important? • Removal of litter and a clean floor is not only hygienic but also makes the studio more pleasant to dance in
  12. 12. Room Dimensions/Space
  13. 13. Why is Space important? • A suitable space for dancing is one that allows maximum enjoyment and movement without jeopardising physical safety. • ideal space should be large enough to allow dance movements to be performed with reasonable freedom • This includes a ceiling which is sufficiently high enough to allow unrestricted movements • Any obstacles in the studio should be removed to reduce the chances of dancers colliding into them and causing injury • Any objects, pictures, mirrors, etc. attached to the walls of the studio must be secured to prevent them from falling on the dancers • Chairs should be stacked up and placed away from the dance area.
  14. 14. Welfare
  15. 15. What is meant by Welfare? • When people attend a dance studio they use more than just the room in which they dance. Other rooms should be available, at the very least, to allow dancers to change and have access to toilet facilities. There are minimum standards which must be achieved to be acceptable for use by dancers and the public.
  16. 16. Other things to think about • • • • • Secure Mirrors Storage Space Pillars Low Ceilings Types of Floor
  17. 17. Dance Floors Sports floors are not required to be as resilient as dance floors because sports players are more concerned with, for example, ball bounce characteristics. In addition, sports players have added protection from cushioned sports shoes. The surface finish of the dance floor is of great concern to dancers and the requirements differ depending on the dance genre: • Dancers who are using dance shoes, e.g. ballet and jazz, require a floor which enables a good grip whilst allowing the foot to slide in a controlled manner. • Dancing in bare feet requires a finer surface finish to reduce the chances of friction burns whilst still providing sufficient grip to move. Maintenance of the floor is another important factor to a good floor surface. Non one likes to use a dirty floor and obstacles no matter how small (e.g. chewing gum) would certainly constitute a hazard to dancers.

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