Supporting longer, healthier careers

Healthier Dancer Programme

The Healthier Dancer Programme (HDP) works under the education programme of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS). Through our work in advocacy and education we aim to improve the physical and psychological health and wellbeing of dancers.

We aim to provide:

  • Resources: advice and information on health, fitness and injury prevention for dancers, both for recreational dancers and for those in vocational training and working professionally. Resources available include: recipes, reports from our previous HDP events and conferences, and Health FAQ’s.
  • Healthier Dancer Talks: lectures and workshops for dancers and dance teachers, which are delivered by our HDP Managers.
  • Health Events and Conferences: annual events for dance professionals, dance medicine and healthcare practitioners and scientists – promoting in-depth, shared understanding of healthier dance practice.
  • Healthcare Practitioners Directory: a UK wide database of medical practitioners and complementary therapists with experience of working with dancers.
  • Research: facilitating research into dancers’ health, injury and performance. Working with experts in medicine, science, health and dance to improve and develop our understanding of healthy dance practice and set standards for the dance sector.
  • Ask Ava: for personalised advice related to dancers’ health and fitness or dance medicine and science that isn’t covered on our web pages, please email hdp@onedanceuk.org to submit your question to the Healthier Dancer Programme’s Agony Aunt. Please note: we endeavour to answer your questions in the shortest time frame possible and within 7 days.

Disclaimer: Answers provided by ‘Ask Ava’ and on our Health FAQ resource pages are intended for information purposes only, and do not in any way constitute therapy or professional services. Please consult a medical or health professional for diagnosis and treatment of specific injuries or health problems. Where further information and resources are cited, One Dance UK holds no responsibility for the content of third party resources.

 

Stephanie De’Ath and Tara McFarland at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; Photographer Claire FarmerStephanie De’Ath and Tara McFarland at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; Photographer Claire Farmer

 

National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science

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The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS), launched in 2012, works with a network of multidisciplinary partners to provide better and more affordable access for all dancers to high quality, evidence-based, dance specific health care and dance science support services.

To date, we have successfully implemented three dance injury clinics within the NHS, which are freely accessible to dance professionals through GP referral. These are based at:

  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), London
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB)
  • Royal United Hospital (RUH), Bath

 

Our Mission

“To develop, implement, and disseminate scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice centred on the promotion and optimisation of health, well-being, and performance in dance”.

The mission is delivered via three programmes:

Research

  • Basic research (looking at cause-effect relationships, mechanisms) and applied research (examining efficacy and effectiveness of interventions)
  • Physiological/metabolic, biomechanical, psychological (including motor learning/control, perception-action, and psychoneurological perspectives), sociological, and pedagogical research

Clinical Practice

  • Multi-disciplinary (including physiotherapy, physiological, psychological, nutritional elements etc.)
  • Centred on the prevention (via screening and training techniques) and treatment of injuries and addresses compromised mental/emotional health and diminished performance

Education

  • Disseminating state-of-the-art information to dancers, teachers/instructors, artistic directors, choreographers, etc.
  • Developing educational/training programmes and professional development opportunities for current and future researchers and practitioners

Visit the NIDMS website to find out more about these programmes, including guidance on GP referral to the dance injury clinics.