Taking Part Safely
We want everyone to take part in U.Dance Digital 2020 in a safe and enjoyable environment. Participants must agree to abide by the following guidelines and instructions.
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Practical Dance Sessions

Below is a guide on how to take part in an online dance class safely. You will not be visible to the session leader and they will not be able to interact directly with participants.

A member of Once Dance UK staff will be online at all times.

Before the session

When you register, let us know if you have any access needs so we can help you make the most of the session. You can contact us at u.dance@onedanceuk.org. Keep in mind that you can access the session for two weeks, so take your time and if you need to, come back to steps, movements or sessions later.

Prepare your space

Set up the space you plan to dance in. Clear away furniture, any wires, equipment, hazards or items nearby, and if necessary, cover any corners of furniture.

Clear the floor space and make sure it is clean and free of any items you may slip or trip on.

If you have pets, be aware of them as you do the session. If you need to, you might want to keep them in another room just to be safe.

If there are others in your household, be aware of them coming into the space whilst you are in your session. Make sure your dancing space is not directly in an area where people may be walking.

Prepare yourself

Let an adult know that you will be taking an online dance class, and make sure that they will be close by throughout the session.

Every masterclass for U.Dance Digital 2020 will begin with a warm up and end with a cool down.

Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in. If the floor is rough, very slippery, or may have hazards such as splinters, it may be appropriate to wear trainers or dance shoes.

Make sure you have a water bottle close by to stay hydrated throughout the practical sessions.

During The Session

Listen carefully to instructions from the leaders.

Be aware of how your body is feeling, and any previous injuries you might have.

Be aware of your level - don't do more than you are able. Take time for recovery within the session and between classes.

Some advice on what to do in the unlikely event of an injury

In the unfortunate event of injury occuring when dancing in your own home and there may be limited access or contact with therapists, be as familiar as you can with the recommendations for self-management of injuries.

Familiarise yourself with injury management (PRICED):

Avoiding further HARM: In the first few days after an injury, remember to avoid HARM.

Further information on PRICED Protocols from IADMS

Further information from Safe in Dance International

Take time after the session for recovery, rehydration and stretching.

If you film yourself doing the choreography you learn in the session

Ensure you don't have any personal information on show. A clear, clean, well-lit setting is best.

Ensure you are wearing appropriate attire.

Most importantly, have FUN!

Industry Spotlight/Careers Chat Sessions

Below is a guide on how to make the most of the Industry Spotlight and Careers Chat sessions, and take part in them safely.

A memember of One Dance UK staff will be online at all times.

Before the session

Ensure you are in a comfortable, quiet space.

Have a pen and paper handy to note information down. There will be a lot of it!

During the session

The sessions will be presented in a 'webinar' format on Zoom. You will not be visible to the session host, panelists or others watching.

The chat function will be disabled other than to message the host.

We want you to actively take part! Think of some questions and send them in to the session host (these will not be publicly visible). Take part in polls. Share what you learned on social media, tagging @onedanceuk.

The session will be recorded for archive purposes and will be available online for two weeks after the festival.

Guidance for Parents/Carers

One Dance UK has robust safeguarding measures in place.

Please read the guidance below to help participants take part safely and enjoyably.

Practical Dance Sessions

Prepare your space

Help your dancer set up the space they plan to dance in. Clear away furniture, any wires, equipment, hazards or items nearby, and if necessary, cover any corners of furniture nearby. Clear the floor space and make sure it is clean and free of any items the participant may slip or trip on. If the floor is rough, very slippery, or may have hazards such as splinters, it may be appropriate for the participant to wear trainers, pumps or dance shoes.

If you pets, be aware of them as the participent does the session. If you need to, you might want to keep them in another room.

If there are others in your household, be aware of them coming into the space during the session. Make sure the dancing space is not directly in an area where people may be walking.

Prepare your participant

Help your participant to choose clothes that are comfortable to move in. For slippery floor surfaces they should have bare feet or wear trainers, rather than just socks.

Make sure that the dancer has a water bottle close by to stay hydrated throughout the practical sessions.

Every practical class for U.Dance will begin with a warm up and end with a cool down.

In the unfornate event of an injury occuring when dancing in your own home and there may be limited access or contact with therapists, be as familiar as you can with the recommendations for self-management of injuries.

Familiarise yourself with injury management (PRICE):

Avoiding Further HARM: In the first few days after an injury, remember to avoid HARM.

Further information on PRICED Protocols from IADMS

Further information from Safe in Dance International

Industry Spotlight/Careers Chat Sessions

The sessions will be presented in a 'webinar' format on Zoom. Participants will not be visible to the session host, panellists or others watching.

The chat function will be disabled other than to message the host. All interaction will not be publicly visible.

The session will be recorded for archive purposes and will be available online for two weeks after the festival.

A member of One Dance UK staff will be online at all times.

Safeguarding

We are committed to making U.Dance Digital a safe, welcoming and positive experience for all. Please contact us if you have any questions or queries: u.dance@oncedanceuk.org.
Our Safeguarding Policy Statement

Watch our highlights video of U.Dance Digital 2020 below