Underground Soul Cypher e. V. (USC) is an association for urban artists. The Urban Dance Health Organisation, led by Sophie Manuela Lindner and Jens Nonnenmann, is part of the USC association and focuses on the health sector for urban artists, especially for urban dancers, Bboys and Bgirls.

A series of projects will take place in Caixas do Sul/Brazil, Bata/Equatorial Guinea and Manila/Philippines.Two Urban Dance Health experts and one interpreter will visit the breaking crews Essencia Crew from Brazil, Sniper Crew from Equatorial Guinea and SAS Crew from the Philippines for three weeks. The breaking crews are already part of a social structure, have build up their social teaching schools and teach numerous street children and young people regularly during the week. They have an exemplary function as leaders and are accepted, respected and socially recognised by the young people.

The aim is to teach measures for injury prevention and rehabilitation in order to prevent and reduce pain. The focus is set on training theory, physical fitness and above all self-therapy. A daily practical and theoretical exchange of knowledge on the following topics will take place in various cultural centres, youth centres and training facilities.

Basic Knowledge: Anatomy, Physiology, Training Theory
Health Care and Prevention: Physical Fitness, Stretching, Dance Beginners
Injuries and Therapy: First Aid, Therapy, Self-Treatment

After the intensive health education programme, the dance teachers should be able to plan a health-oriented training session, provide adequate help with the most frequent injuries and give instructions on self-therapy exercises.

In order to successfully complete the project, a certification consisting of a written, oral and practical examination is planned at the end of the project and ends with the certificate as a ‚Certified Urban Dance Health Teacher‘.

By integrating the health program into the local social programme (cultural centre, youth centre, breakdance classes in the slum districts) health is sustainably promoted in this country. The health knowledge of urban dance medicine, especially in self-therapy, is pioneering work. This knowledge is neither available locally nor can it be commissioned and should be made accessible to people in the global South through this knowledge transfer.

A cameraman is recruited from the respective project country and shall document the 3 weeks of health education programme to make these photographic and video recordings available to the general public. At the end of the project, an exhibition will take place in Stuttgart/Germany to present and publish the results of the three cameramen from Brazil, the Philippines and Equatorial Guinea.

The project compares the three developing countries by means of standardized questionnaires in the field of capacity building.


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