News: Running the London Marathon for dancers

Saturday 21 April 2012

Tony Shepherd with Dance UK's Caroline Miller & Helen Laws.

PR man Tony Shepherd has seen a lot of performances in London in the twenty years he’s been working in dance PR.

“During that time I’ve worked with some of the world’s most extraordinary dance companies, choreographers and artistic directors,” he says, “but it has been the time that I’ve spent with dancers that is most treasured. Without dancers there is no dance. They have constantly inspired, entertained, exhilarated and moved me. So after 20 years I am running the London Marathon (this Sunday, 22 April) in aid of Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme to support them …. but more importantly, in my own way, to say thank you to them all!

UPDATE, 23 APRILTony completed the course yesterday in 4 hours 37 mins

Dance UK has established its Healthier Dancer Programme to improve the physical and psychological health and well being of dancers. In recent years it has campaigned for dancers to receive the same level of medical support that is available to athletes and sports professionals. At the end of this month it will be launching the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) – its most ambitious project to date. This innovative initiative, which is led by Dance UK in partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Trinity Laban, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Universities of Wolverhampton and Birmingham, looks set to transform health support for dancers.

If you love dance, support the dancers – and get behind Tony’s marathon effort for Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme this weekend!
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