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Dance Medicine Continuing Education

NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries offers both online and live continuing medical education (CME) and continuing education unit (CEU) certificate courses, including Principles of Dance Medicine: Clinical Management of the Dancer Patient. Additional CME and CEU courses are offered periodically as well.

We are currently offering a free online lecture specifically for dancers, dance educators, and parents of dance students about dance injury prevention through our DanceMedU platform. To access it, create an account on DanceMedU, view the catalog, and select the lecture “Dance Injury Prevention" under the category “Other/Somatic/Dance Educator.” Enter the code STAYSAFE at checkout to obtain the lecture for free.

Principles of Dance Medicine: Clinical Management of the Dancer Patient

Our Principles of Dance Medicine: Clinical Management of the Dancer Patient is a CME and CEU course for healthcare and dance practitioners who wish to understand the unique risk factors associated with dance training. The course also provides up-to-date and innovative treatment plans for the dancer patient.

Studies indicate that 80 percent of dancers will experience a major injury during their career, and 95 percent will experience repetitive stress injuries. This course provides evidence-based research on numerous intrinsic and extrinsic factors associated with injury. Further, it discloses the best-known means of preventing injury and reducing the severity of injuries and teaches the skills dance medicine professionals need to improve health outcomes in their patients. Practitioners taking this course receive updates on the latest research findings in relevant areas, such as screening, nutrition, ergonomics, biomechanics, injury prevention, and rehabilitation.

This course is targeted to certified athletic trainers, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, podiatrists, and orthopedic surgeons, as well as dance educators, somatic practitioners, and dance scientists.

The following is an overview of the course’s educational objectives:

  • to be able to identify biopsychosocial (biological, psychological, and social) factors influencing injury occurrence among dancers
  • to effectively implement strategies to modify risk and prevent injury influenced by biopsychosocial factors
  • to recognize the value and limits of the screening process for adult and adolescent dancers and to be able to explain the place of screening in a broader epidemiologic model of prevention and intervention
  • to select appropriate conservative treatment, surgical interventions, and rehabilitation based on patient needs

Funding for this course is provided in part by the Harkness Foundation for Dance.

DanceMedU Online Course Series

DanceMedU (new users are required to create an account to login) is an online learning platform that allows healthcare practitioners, dance professionals, and students to listen to a series of individual lectures from anywhere in the world and earn continuing education credits at an affordable price. Lectures include Principles of Dance Medicine content and additional material. Purchase of the lectures gives you access for 90 days. You can register for free to see the complete course catalog.

Live Dance Medicine Courses

We periodically offer live CME and CEU dance medicine courses. These courses cover Principles of Dance Medicine materials as well as other topics such as pelvic floor rehabilitation for dancers and managing anterior hip pain.

If you are interested in hosting a live course at your institution taught by Harkness Center for Dance Injuries clinicians, please contact us at

During summer 2021, we presented a four-part virtual educational CEU series for healthcare professionals and dance educators. In Preparing for a New Season: Expanding Our Impact in Dance Medicine, we considered ways to gear up for the 2021–2022 dance season after navigating the challenges of COVID-19, as well as ways we can strive for greater equitability in dance medicine.

The sessions were presented live, and the recordings will remain available for purchase through November 30, 2021:

Guidelines for a Conscientious Return to Studio (CEU lecture)

Building a Dance Medicine Network in Your Community (non-CEU lecture and panel)

Dance Injuries in Street Dance Forms: A Survey of Recent Literature and Discussion (CEU workshop)

A Critical Look at Common Modalities Used in Dance Training and Treatment (CEU workshop)

To access our courses, log in or create an account at DanceMedU, select “catalog,” choose the course, and then select the sessions you’d like.