Us&OurBest - Preventive Dance Medical Dance Pedagogy OnTour

The synergy between the sciences of dance medicine and dance pedagogy results in "Preventive Dance Medical Dance Pedagogy©.

Next course start: February 2023 - find your information here and register soon (as usual, we restrict numbers of participants to ensure our high quality!) - You might also be interested in our Special Christmas Offer 2022!

Us&OurBest - Preventive Dance Medical Dance Pedagogy© onTour is part of this Academy's onTour Series. It is a basic course for teachers-to-be, dancers who want to train as future pedagogues or ballet masters, or pedagogues who are already working in their profession and want to know how to extend their knowledge to increase their own performance as well as the performance of their dances.

The synergy between dance pedagogy and dance medicine enables teachers, ballet masters, choreographers to guide their dancers towards healthy, safe dance technique and approaches to training and performance. The teacher(-to-be) learns how to create a healthy body and a healthy mind in their dancers by practically applying dance medicine and dance science. Evidence-based approaches to education, training and performance through empowering motivational climates as well as training sciences results in killing two birds with one stone: The dancer's performance can reach their individual best while their injuries are being prevented, all in one go.

Moreover, this course also shines a light on the health and wellbeing of the teacher, pedagogue, or master themselves. What can teachers do to support their own health, how can they deal with injuries and/or age and the burden of the teaching profession? How can an empowering motivational climate they create for their dancers boost their own inspiration, motivation, and health?

The curriculum of the Academy for Dance Pedagogy & Dance Medicine, Austria, is unique. So is Us&OurBest Preventive Dance Medical Dance Pedagogy© onTour, providing teachers with knowledge on dance medicine and science for practical implementation for their dancers as well as their own best - Us&OurBest.

Us&OurBest Preventive Dance Medical Dance Pedagogy© onTour is available for individual participants, schools, or companies. Please contact our office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) that we can tailor your course for the needs of your institution. Us&OurBest Preventive Dance Medical Dance Pedagogy© onTour is available in German and English language, for teachers in vocational dance education programs as well as teachers of amateur schools and groups.

Dates: New Course Start February 2023 - information here for download
Module 1:
February 18 & 19 2023 (online)
March 11 & 12 2023 (online)
March 25 & 26, 2023 (Live, Vienna; as online-event or online-participation possible, e.g. in case of pandemic restrictions)
Module 2:
April 22 & 23, 2023 (online)
May 13 & 14, 2023 (online)
June 10 & 11, 2023 (Live, Vienna; as online event or online participation possible, e.g. in case of pandemic restrictions)
€ 1440,- for Module 1 & 2 (payment by instalments is possible)
extensive scripts and course material is provided

Check out what people say about our programs (click on the pictures for the video feedback):

Ivana Ho“I use my knowledge from our lectures in practice every day! I am definitely more aware of my teaching style and methods. …Not only do I pay a huge attention to teaching details in dance technique but I also analyze the way I approach various personalities and age groups inside the studio. … Judith-Elisa Kaufmann delivers her teachings with enormous passion for her “craft”. Her extensive knowledge is beneficial not only to us ballet pedagogues but also to all humans alike. I am looking forward to my next course with her and her never-ending excitement for life.”
“As ballet master it gave me an important introduction, on how to plan and structure the whole season, to enhance performances and prevent injuries in my dancers. It helps me to see more perspectives of the daily training, like introducing endurance training. … Judith-Elisa Kaufmann is standing for dance medicine. I appreciate her enthusiasm and persistent engagement, talking with her you perceive that she is burning for dance medicine. She offers her rich scientific and pedagogical knowledge that motivates her students thinking outside the box. Her passion for dance medicine is going together with the human support for her students.”
Leonardo Centi, Ballet Master, Italy
Mariia Ashizheva “My name is Mariia and I participated in the course of dance medicine by Professor Kaufmann and I want to say that it was an amazing experience […] I recommend this course to all my friends who want to be teachers and all my friends that just dance – for themselves… it is so beneficial to know…” 
“It is great to know that there are people who work so hard to support dancers and also great to know that some of my previous thinking is in line with what Judith-Elisa Kaufmann is teaching! … Passion and knowledge … that’s what Judith-Elisa Kaufmann is. A great engaging and supportive human being and teacher! She is also very approachable and you feel like she is there for you during the learning process. … I am a Principal dancer at the Semperoper Ballet, undergoing my transition from active dance career. I have danced professionally for more than 20 years, Now I am gaining even more knowledge that will help me to contribute in a better way not only to my life as a dancer but also to others with whom I will be working as a teacher later on.”
Anna Merkulova, Principal Dancer Semperoper Dresden, Germany
Carmen Deppé„Ich habe mich sofort aufgefangen gefühlt und mich gleich auf einer Ebene gefühlt bei dir und mit euch. Und es war für mich die Erkenntnis, dass es richtig ist was ich mache … durch die Fortbildung hier hat mich das total bestätigt. Ich fühle mich jetzt wieder so wohl in meinem Job… Ich kann so viel mitnehmen für die Praxis, wo ich lange den Blick nicht mehr dafür hatte… Jetzt hier hab ich gemerkt ich darf noch was lernen und kann noch was lernen… Die Anatomie … aber es ging um so viel mehr, die Psyche der Schüler … und all den Input. Es war eine Herzenssache und hat sich zur Herzenssache entwickelt. Und ich war sicher nicht zum letzten Mal hier!“ Carmen Deppé, Teacher, Artist, Choreographer, Germany
“Being introduced to dance medicine and preventive dance medical pedagogy have absolutely increased my knowledge I have collected over all these years dedicated to dance. It brought so much more understanding … it also made me question a lot, which was interesting to me… Judith-Elisa Kaufmann has a lot of power. She’s an incredible teacher concerning the enormous knowledge she brings and her communication skills. She’s able to pass on the scientific information clearly and at the same time she kindles everybody’s motivation. Also admirable is her extreme sensitivity in dealing with humans and their own individuality.”
Isis Calil de Albuquerque, Ballet Master Oper Ballet Leipzig, Germany
Marita Kokott„Ich hab schon immer das Gefühl gehabt, ich möchte mehr wissen, ich möchte meinen Schülern mehr helfen, sie unterstützen können, auf jeden einzelnen eingehen können – und dann kam ich zu Us&OurBest und genau das hab ich dort gelernt – natürlich rüber gebracht, sodass ich es in die Praxis umsetzen kann … Ich empfehle allen, das zu machen, weil man so viel lernen kann, für sich selbst, für seine Schüler, fürs ganze Leben so viel mitnehmen kann… Es ist ein super tolles Klima hier, man fühlt sich sofort wohl und aufgehoben, was ja so eine kleine Besonderheit ist ein bisschen in der Tanzwelt … Ihr werdet so viel mitnehmen!“
“I am head of studies in the Conservatoire of Dance in Valencia and artistic director of Valencia Endanza International Ballet School. The courses and lectures given by Judith-Elisa Kaufmann have been a turning point in my career as an educator. How to enrich the process of teaching young students with an anatomical, biomechanical, psychological and emotional perspective has made a big impact on my teaching philosophy: the awareness of our body as a tool, taking care of it and ensuring a healthy and respectful teaching practice… I could mention a lot of qualities of Ms Kaufmann’s teaching and sharing, but I must highlight her extraordinary professionality, the enormous knowledge about dance and medicine, the scientific approach that she offers, and last but not least, her enormous drive and love for sharing and teaching. A role model.”
Pilar Marti Murciano, Ballet Pedagogue, Artistic Director, Valencia, Spain
Xenia Hensch „Für mich war Us&OurBest eine komplett neue Welt. Auch wenn ich erst in die Tanzpädagogik neu rein steige – durch Corona war es so, dass ich mir lange überlegt habe ob das überhaupt etwas ist, was ich für die Zukunft machen möchte und dann war auch die Motivation tatsächlich nicht mehr so da … Aber Us&OurBest hat mir gezeigt, dass Tanzen und Tanzunterricht nicht nur Bewegung und Sport sind, sondern da so viel mehr mit rein spielt … dass jeder Schüler und auch der Lehrer zusammen ein großes Bild ergeben… Durch das Tanzmedizinische habe ich auch so extrem gesehen, wie individuell man arbeiten kann…“