Babywearing Dance is welcomed in the world of Dance – CID, UNESCO
Our founder, Selen Yilmaz, recently came back from attending the 46th CID, Unesco World Congress on Dance Research in Miami Florida, and wanted to share with us her experiences. This is what she had to say about her amazing journey:
My beautiful Joimovers, what an adventure we’ve had! We’ve survived a hurricane, met delegates from Africa, Italy, the UK and from across the USA, exchanged knowledge on dance and dance research, shared dance lectures, and witnessed some amazing dance performances from fabulous people. In short, I’ve had some unforgettable experiences.
There was so much to do, see and be part of during the congress (despite the late start), but by far the most exciting thing for me was introducing everyone to Joimove, our beautiful community.
I was so proud to be able to debut our one–of–a–kind field to the wider dancing world. Our work, babywearing, dancing, connecting within the family and healing really is something new and there was plenty of excitement from everyone about it.
Thanks to KOKADI‘s sponsorship, a specialist in eco-conscious and fashionable babywearing products, I was able to not only attend the congress but also to give a lecture entitled “Babywearing Dance and Healing”, as well as a practical workshop. Both the lecture and workshop helped to reinforce the real benefits people get from babywearing, dancing and healing through music and movements.
I’ve dedicated my life to bringing families together and sharing the benefits of dancing, so this opportunity to contribute to the wider dance scholarship about babywearing dance really was so fulfilling.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am on a mission. A mission to show that dance is a natural way to deal with whatever life throws at us. I believe dance is a beautiful non-verbal communication tool that has the means to shift mindsets in positive ways. I believe it can improve relationships, and create positive core memories. I believe that dancing, with babywearing, is the best tool for family bonding and healing.
So it was an extraordinary thing to be able to share my beliefs with the Congress and for them to honour us with a special opportunity to shape the world of dance in the UK. As you know, Joimove is an institutional member of the CID and all graduates from Joimove International School receive certification to the CID, Unesco via Joimove.
Whilst at the congress in Miami, I met with the president of the CID, Hallandale and I am so pleased to announce a new collaboration between the UK and USA where they will lead and contribute to research on dance medicine and science. Joimove will now be representing the CID in the UK, and Glasgow will be the headquarters, where I am based. I’m delighted about this collaboration and excited to see where it takes us. We can’t wait to share new projects, hold conferences and conduct research with Joimovers and dance professionals across the UK.
What can I say, amazing! Wonderous! Exciting! Joimovers, welcome to the wider dance community!
International Dance Council (CID), Unesco is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world. It is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based. Its members are the most prominent federations, associations, schools, companies and individuals within dance in over 170 countries. CID is the official partner of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
This is our motto: “Never miss a chance to dance!” but with our little ones, safety comes first!
We love all dances, especially babywearing dance. We believe it’s the key to creating strong emotional, physical and intellectual bonds with our baby, a way to communicate love through movement.
While dancing and movement is the main activity, doing it safely comes first. Everybody, including baby, needs to feel comfortable, calm and safe. Without this, there is some sharing the moment but less learning, less comfort and less joy.
Anyone who danced with us during our Dance with Babies classes will remember that movement safety was much more of a concern than babywearing safety. However through training, developing safety formulas with experts, better understanding and education, we’ve learned that the safety of baby and wearer is actually the most important part of any class, even more important than the dancing itself.
That’s why all of our Instructors are taught about post natal health, the PEACE babywearing dance guidelines and the importance of environmental safety.
We know it’s not safe to see baby dangling in a sling as you’re dancing. We know it’s not safe to see baby in a sling that’s too big or too small when you’re dancing. We know it’s not safe to see baby’s head and neck swinging around as you dance to the music. We know it’s not safe to bounce, jerk or jump to the music when baby is in your sling. That’s why all of our Instructors are equipped with knowledge to help class participants and babies feel safe and happy.
And it’s not only about baby’s safety. We know that if the wearer is uncomfortable, feeling sore or hurting than the experience won’t be a positive one for baby or wearer. Not only that, but wearing baby incorrectly or in an ill-fitting carrier can cause pressure to yours and your baby’s spine.
It’s also not only about physical safety. Environmental safety, hearing safety, movement safety, women’s health and baby development are also key. While you can change your environment, stop if sore or take a breath if too hot, our babies don’t have that option. They can’t lower the music if it’s too loud or turn down the heat if it’s too hot. They can’t take off a jumper if they’re getting too sweaty or tell you they’ve had enough, using words. It’s up to us, as Joimove Instructors and as caregivers, to ensure a safe environment to live, laugh and learn.
Unfortunately, we know there are many classes out there that don’t consider safety in the same way that we do. We see them online, on TV and have witnessed them in person. Perhaps the instructors are thinking that ensuring the babywearing TICKS is more than enough to keep baby safe during their dance or exercise class. Or maybe they think “oh it’s only 30 minutes, what can happen”? Worst of all, maybe they just don’t know even there is a babywearing safety issue at all.
That’s what makes Joimove different. We understand the importance of safety for every class participant; from baby to grandmother. We work hard to ensure every one of our classes, workshops and events are safe. We take safety seriously and share our knowledge with you through our Joimove International School of Dancing team and programs on how to make dancing with your baby a beautiful and wonderful experience.
It should be everyone’s responsibility to be self-aware of safety. Let’s remember to support our baby’s head, neck and spine when dancing. Let’s take care of our own spine and joints so we can dance without pain. New moms, let’s give our bodies time to recover and revitalise after birth. Dress in layers, bring fluid for hydration and ensure the room isn’t too warm. But most of all, let’s make sure we feel safe, we feel secure and we feel comfortable when we are dancing, exercising or leading these sessions.
We are looking for you to join us, Dance with us, and raise as much funds as we can towards Scotland’s little hearts appeal.
1 in 100 babies in Scotland are born with a heart condition. Thousands more children and young people living with heart conditions are treated at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow. Visit Yorkhill’s website for more info on their appeal.
WHERE and WHEN?
Glasgow Riverside Museum (Transport Museum) – Scotland – 12pm
Dance with us and DONATE £5
– text YORKHILL to 70555 to donate £5
Or visit Yorkhill’s website
or call 0141 212 8750
Alternatively you can provide a Christmas Gift to a sick Child this Christmas.
The following list has been received from Yorkhills Children’s Charity:
o Age-appropriate (0-13) DVDs
o Age-appropriate games and controllers for Nintendo DS, X-Box, Playstation, etc.
o Plastic (wipe clean) baby mobiles and gyms for cots
o Happy Land Toys (available from Early Learning Centre)
o Cars and garages
o Animal figures
o Board games for all ages
o Play Doh
o Plastic (wipe clean) toys for babies and infants
o Age-appropriate books
Please note: We can only accept new and packaged toys and all gifts should be supplied unwrapped. No Soft toys, toys with small parts, those that require batteries or sweets should be provided.
Sunday, 29th November 2015 between 1 – 3PM
This year, Joimove Glasgow Team have partnered up with Baby Loves Disco, to provide you with an ultimate Christmas Party for you and your little one.
Set in Glasgow’s Funkiest Nightclub, Humingbird, Baby loves disco is a
daytime dance party for parents with babies, toddlers and young children
(0-6 years) with real DJs spinning and mixing retro floorfillers from the
70’s, 80s , 90s and 00s with the latest pop tunes guaranteed to get you
and your little ones moving and grooving (all at a baby friendly volume
so the whole family can partying together)
Parents can chill and socialise within a safe environment with a soft drink
or a cocktail and listen to some proper music while the kids go gaga on the
dancefloor and enjoy the entertainment on offer!
Facepainting, a chill-out zone with play tents, inflatables, instruments
and toys, a full spread of healthy snacks and juiceboxes, bubbles,
balloons, arts and crafts or other quiet activities, dancefloor games and
competitions with giveaways and prizes
Sandwiches for the adults will be provided and a party bag will be given to each child at the end of the party
non walking babies are FREE. Spaces are limited,
therefore pre-booking is essential.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book your tickets!
One of the Dancing Families’ events held in Turkey in last month by Dance with Babies and Dance with Toddlers Instructor Didem Mulayimsi, owner of 37 Sanat Merkezi.
6 new instructors from Izmir and Istanbul are getting ready to launch their classes.
On 18 April 2015 at Leisuredrome – Bishopbriggs in our FREE open classes we danced salsa, cha cha, belly, rock n roll with our children in aid of the Glasgow NW Foodbank.
At the day Dancing Families of Glasgow attended class with a bag of donations and we collected 27 big bags of cans, toiletries, nappies and more to help the Foodbank.