A self-paced program providing an easy and practical approach for licensed clinicians to:



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Here's what you'll learn...

​How to decrease pain, increase flexibility and strength, and improve performance in

How to improve flexibility WITHOUT stretching

How to break down ANY dance movement and figure out what’s not working right

What to do when exercises AREN'T WORKING
for your dancer

Foundational Learning Modules

Anatomy & Kinesiology that MATTERS

Identify the most important body structures, fundamental movements, and movement principles that are common to dance, regardless of style

Fundamental Movement Analysis for Dance

Breakdown basic and complex dance movements by structure and movement principles for improved technical performance

Functional Assessment for Dance Performance

Learn simple and effective methods for assessing of dance technique that can be used consistently to objectively identify a dancer’s readiness for skill advancement

Functional Dance Conditioning

Learn the most effective dance conditioning exercises and activities, along with how to modify and progress them, to improve technical performance

Return to Dance Standards

Learn AZDM’s methods for determining safe return to dance and performance following injury

Understanding Pain in Dance

Learn how to ask better questions, understand the answers, and better understand what different types of pain mean in terms of severity and involved structures

The TRUTH Behind Common Dance “Injuries”

Zone in on common muscle dysfunctions in dance, how they present, and get tips on how to resolve them

Integration and Execution

Combine everything you’ve learned and apply it to your students

DancemedPRO® Practitioner Learning Modules

In addition to the Foundational Modules, these are also included for licensed clinicians to help improve treatment techniques and outcomes

Hidden Core Signs Explained

Learn the reasons why we call them “Hidden Signs of Core Weakness,” factors that contribute to developing them, and why they happen

When It’s NOT a Muscle Issue

Learn to screen for dysfunction in other body systems aside from the musculoskeletal system which may be restricting performance

Advanced Functional Assessment and Movement Analysis

Learn additional positions and methods for assessment to determine readiness for skill advancement

Presenting your first Dance Medicine Workshop

A step-by-step walkthrough of AZDM’s system for introducing yourself to a new studio or gym and presenting your first workshop to establish a solid community presence

Here's what you get...

12 instructional videos by Alexis Sams, owner of AZ Dance Med

Lecture handouts, additional checklists and exercise sheets

Links to additional demo videos

2 60-min private mentoring sessions with one of our DancemedPROs®

Discounts on additional courses, resources, and the Dancemed Swag Shop

Listing in our DancemedPRO® Registry for new client referrals

DancemedPRO® Practitioner Certification was created for:

Physical Therapists (and PTAs)
 Massage Therapists 
Athletic Trainers
any licensed health and wellness professional
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Program Requirements:

 DancemedPRO® Practitioner Certification will be granted to licenced clinicians who pass the DancemedPRO® Certification Test with a minimum score of 70% and submit 2 case studies that demonstrate implementation of the skills learned from the modules.
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Recertification is required to demonstrate continued competency in the content presented in our certification program and insure the quality of care provided by DancemedPROs®.  

 Requirements: completion of recertification survey, submission of 2 case studies demonstrating successful application of appropriate DancemED skills 

 Recertification deadline: December 31 of each year after your first year of certification 

 Annual Recertification fee: $50
(Recertification fee is waived for members of Club DancemED)
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Program Fees:

 DancemedPRO® Practitioner Certification: $980 
No-fee Payment Plan: 
5 monthly installments of $196.00
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Here’s what people are saying about the
DancemED Certification Program:​

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which program should I register for?

The DancemED Educator Certification includes the 8 foundational modules and is appropriate for dance educators and certified wellness professionals.  These groups include: dance instructors, studio owners, choreographers, technical/company directors, athletic trainers, personal trainers, strength coaches, Pilates instructors, Yoga instructors, and Gyrotonics instructors.  

The DancemedPRO® Practitioner Certification includes all the modules in the DancemED Educator Certification plus additional modules the provide an additional framework for clinical assessment and treatment of, along with performance enhancement.  This level is appropriate for licensed clinicians such as physical therapists, PT assistants, massage therapists, and chiropractors. 

All that said, AZDM cares more about you getting the tools you need to grow your skills and help the dance community the best way you can.  So if you have any questions based on your current skill level and needs, just contact us and we’ll be more than happy to point you in the right direction : )
(Email Dr. Alexis at dralexis@azdancemed.com)

Do I have to attend the online meetings?

No.  They are solely for enhancing your understanding of the content in the modules.  We’re making ourselves available to answer any questions about navigating the course, understanding the content, or help applying the concepts to your dancers.  All the requirements for program certification is covered in the modules.  We just wanted to make ourselves available for extra assistance as needed. 

Online sessions will be offered periodically throughout the year.  Sessions will also be recorded and added to the DancemED Certification Facebook group that you’ll have access to upon registration, so you can watch any of the session replays at any time. 

Do I have to complete the certification by a certain date?

No.  You can work at your own pace through the entire program.  You’ll be granted certification upon completion and submission of all certification requirements. 

Do you have any payment assistance options?

Yes.  We have a no-fee payment plan that splits the program fee into 5 monthly payments.  You can select that option after clicking any of the “Start Today” links. 

Does the program focus more on ballet?

No. While some of the modules use ballet terms as a frame of reference, all of the concepts taught in the program can be applied to ANY style of dance.  If you ever have any questions about applying what you’ve learned to your dancers, you can ask for help during the weekly live sessions or by submitting a question to Dr. Alexis.  

What does “Certification” really mean for this program?

The “certification” aspect of the program is AZ Dance Med’s way of ensuring that you’ve been through all the course material and are able to apply the concepts as they were presented.  It was added as an aspect of the program, beyond a general workshop, to aid participants in satisfying continuing education credits for their professions.  The goal of our program is empower the dance community with knowledge and methods to teach and treat dancers better.  Our program does not certify for any particular occupation or provision of services. 

Is the program accredited? Can I earn CEUs?

Many agencies have sub-categories that will accept the certification for CEUs.  You can also call your organization and ask if they will accept the course.  Let us know if you need any additional documentation if you pursue approval and we will help you out the best way we can.  

Any more questions?

Email us at info@dancemed.org and we will do our best to assist you!
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