News: New support for dancers' health

Tuesday 23 November 2010

Dance UK are another step closer towards the creation of the UK’s first National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science. They will be announcing the full details of significant support from dance floor manufacturers British Harlequin at their AGM on Monday (29 November) and anyone interested in hearing more about this important initiative – and finding out more about the work of Dance UK, is invited to attend.

Guest speakers include Angela Towler, (dancer, Rambert Dance Company, pictured left); Kate Prince, (choreographer, teacher and Director of ZooNation) and Camilla Dallerup, (TV presenter and 2008 Strictly Come Dancing champion), who will talk to Dr Emma Redding (Head of Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) about their own personal experiences of injury and recovery and why they believe there is an urgent need for improvements in provision of dancers’ healthcare.

They will also be joined by the former manager of the England national football team Graham Taylor, who recognises the parallel between the high level of fitness required of dancers and footballers. Both are elite athletes who train intensively from a young age to work in a fiercely competitive arena – and their careers can be ended at any time by injury.

The dancers’ health research and the establishment of the first National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science is led by Dance UK in partnership with Laban, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries and University of Wolverhampton. It has been developed in close collaboration with renowned sports and dance medicine and science experts. The vision is for all top level dancers to have access to high quality, comprehensive, dance specific healthcare and dance science support services on a par with those enjoyed by athletes and the dancers in the very largest ballet companies.

Supporters of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science include dancer and actress Bonnie Langford, dancer and co-founder of Ballet Boyz William Trevitt and Tamara Rojo, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet. The Jerwood Charitable Foundation was the first to pledge financial support for the research and establishment of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, followed by the Theatrical Management Association and Society of London Theatre.

The meeting, at the Royal Society of Medicine, Wimpole Street, is open to all Dance UK members. Non members are also welcome to attend. Just email Caroline Miller for an invitation.

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Photo: Rambert Dance Company’s Angela Towler, who will be speaking at Dance UK’s AGM, by Simon Weir.

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