Lifespan Speaker Series – Experiences of Youth Dancers and their Families

Youth dancers and their parents are used to being part of a tight dance community in which they spend significant amounts of time training, rehearsing, and performing in addition to the other activities associated with their everyday lives.

This webinar hosted on April 8, 2021, featuring Brock University’s Dr. Dawn Zinga, along with graduate student Natalie Tacuri and undergraduate student Victoria Dewar, explored those experiences while discussing:

  • How participation in competitive dance may contribute to health and well-being
  • The impact of the COVID pandemic on youth dancers and their families

Please note that this webinar does not recommend any specific resource and/or treatment options, nor is it intended to provide individual advice. Individuals should consult with their healthcare team/treatment provider for all healthcare recommendations and decisions.

We would like to acknowledge the support from the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Office of Research Services, which helped to make this event possible.

Watch the recording of the webinar here:


Dr. Dawn Zinga, Professor, Department of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University

Victoria Dewar, Undergraduate student student under Dr. Molnar and Dr. Zinga, Department of Sport Management, Brock University

Natalie Tacuri, MA student under Dr. Molnar and Dr. Zinga, Department of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University

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