Healthier Dancer Programme (HDP) Speakers List

HDP Speakers List

Browse here for experienced speakers used by or recommended to the Healthier Dancer Programme. Contact details, background and subject areas covered are given for each speaker. Speakers listed here work actively within dancer health, science, and/or medicine.

These speakers sometimes deliver our Healthier Dancer Talks for us, where specialist subject knowledge is required or are available to deliver bespoke talks and workshops, which can be arranged in discussion with you to suit your specific needs. If you can’t find the speaker you are looking for, please call the HDP Manager at One Dance UK on 020 7713 0730 or email us on as we may be able to make further suggestions.

Dr Imogen (Jen) Aujla, PhD

Profession: Senior Lecturer in Dance and Course Coordinator MSc Dance Science, University of Bedfordshire

Subjects covered: Dance psychology; talent identification and development; fitness and safe practice for dancers.

Based: Bedfordshire

Contact Details: 01234 400 400


Biography: Imogen originally trained as a dancer before specialising in dance science. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Dance at the University of Bedfordshire and runs the MSc Dance Science course. Her research interests cover both the optimisation of performance among elite dancers, and the impact of recreational dance on the health and well-being of non-dancers. Her area of expertise is talent, in particular the psychological factors that influence the talent development process. Imogen sits on the Publications Committee of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and is a peer reviewer for a number of academic journals. She has presented and been invited to speak at many dance teaching events and has taught dance science, contemporary and ballet techniques at various levels.

Manuela Angioi MSc PhD

Profession: Course Leader of the iBSc Sports and Exercise Medicine, Queen Mary University; Module leader for Dance Medicine and Research Methods, iBSc and MSc courses, Queen Mary University

Subjects covered: physical fitness, injuries and applied physiology

Based: London

Contact Details: Work: 02082238839 Mobile: 07789127883; Email: or

Biography: Dr Manuela Angioi, MSc and PhD is a Research Supervisor at the Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine, Queen Mary University of London. She has worked with professional and non-professional dancers from the UK and Europe, investigating the effects of increased physical fitness levels on performance and injury rate and severity. Other research interests include: physical fitness and well being of general population and physical requirements of aesthetics based sports. She has published research findings in many relevant scientific journals, contributing to sports and dance medicine blogs and magazines, as well as presenting at numerous international dance and sports medicine and science conferences.

Sujata Banerjee

Profession: Dance Educator

Subject areas covered: Dance and South Asian Dance in particular. Injury prevention advice, rehab programme, personalised training plan for professional dancers and teachers, advice for performance enhancement.

Based: London

Contact Details: 07986110573


Biography: Sujata Banerjee is one of the most dynamic and versatile Kathak artists of Britain today. In addition to performing Sujata also teaches, choreographs and devises dance training programmes for injury prevention and performance enhancement. Sujata is a trained Sports Scientist and teaches at the Centre of Advanced Training at Dance Exchange, Birmingham. She has delivered various lectures about safe and effective dance training methods. In 1998 she set up the UK’s first residential summer intensive course which was unique and had a healthier dancer focus. This brought major awareness of health and fitness amongst South Asian Dancers. The summer school is now a regular feature of the British dance calendar. Sujata is a senior Kathak Examiner and the Chairperson of the South Asian Faculty of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). She also holds a CDE (Certificate in Dance Education) and certificate of proficiency in applied Anatomy and Physiology from the ISTD. Sujata set up her company and school in 1996 and created various innovative programmes in UK and in other parts of the w

Jasmine Challis

Profession: Sports Dietician (SENr High Performance Register)

Subjects areas covered: Nutrition-Diet for training and performance

Based: Reading, Berkshire/London

Contact Details: 07973 269825


Biography: Jasmine is an Accredited Nutritionist and Sports Dietitian on the UK Sport and Exercise Nutrition High Performance Register with a particular interest in dance. She has worked with dance students, dance teachers and professionals for more than 25 years. She has given group talks and individual advice to professional dance schools and companies. Jasmine has been involved in Dance UK Roadshows giving talks/workshops on ‘Nutrition and Dance Performance’ and on ‘Eating Disorders’ and has run courses on these topics for dance teachers. She was nutrition consultant for the Dance UK Information Sheet on Food and Nutrition for Dancers and is co-author of the IADMS updated Nutrition Resource Paper (2016). Away from dance she continues working with patients & clients both with disordered eating and other medical problems. Jasmine has also worked both with coaches and athletes, and has advised at national level training camps.

Katy Chambers, MSc, Bsc

Profession: Dance Specialist Physiotherapist and Dance Science Lecturer

Subjects covered: Safe dance practice, functional anatomy, safe and effective stretching techniques, fitness for dancers, core stability for dancers, accessing suitability and preparing dancers for pointe work, optimising turnout for dance performance, working with hypermobile dancers

Based: London

Contact Details: 07811552037


Biography: Katy is a dance specialist physiotherapist, dance teacher and Pilates instructor who completed her MSc in dance science at Trinity Laban before joining the physiotherapy team at Trinity Laban Health in 2014. Katy is a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Dance and previously taught at The Urdang Academy. She also delivers guest lectures in biomechanics of dance, and dance injury prevention and treatment at a number of UK universities. Katy is passionate about bringing dance medicine and science expertise to the studio to help dancers and dance teachers to optimise performance and minimise injury. Katy presented her research into alternative approaches to flexibility training for dancers at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 2015 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh in 2015 and her current research is exploring the impact of dance on wellbeing of older adults, through the Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing project at the Royal Academy of Dance.

Lucie Clements MSc, BSc, MBPsS

Profession: PhD Researcher, Lecturer

Subjects covered: Performance psychology; motivation, stress & anxiety, self-confidence & self-esteem, perfectionism, mental skills training. Cognitive psychology & neuroscience; kinaesthesia & action observation, imagery, creativity.

Based: London

Contact Details: 07731161588


Biography: Lucie trained in Psychology (BSc) and Dance Science (MSc) prior to commencing her PhD in Dance Science Psychology. Lucie lectures in performance psychology and is currently researching in imagery and choreographic creativity. She has undertaken dance psychology research at Trinity Laban, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and Amsterdam School of the Arts. She runs group workshops for dancers on psychological skills training, stress management and injury coping skills. Lucie’s previous posts include research assistant in the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group at the University of Surrey, where she investigated kinaesthetic empathy in dance. Lucie presented her work on the relationship between motivation, stress and immune function at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) in Pittsburgh, October 2015, and will also present at IADMS in Hong Kong, October 2016.

Seema De Jorge-Chopra, MSc

Profession: Dance Science Graduate Intern MSc Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Kathak educator and conditioning coach

Subjects covered: Health and fitness training, Strength and Conditioning principles for dancers, anatomy, active recovery methods (cool-down), injury prevention, Physiology and physicality of Kathak dance, safe and healthy dance practice.

Based: London

Contact Details: 07930 992 280



Biography: Seema graduated from the University of the West of England in 2003 with a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design. Since then, she has obtained a Master’s in Kathak Dance from Abhay Shankar Mishra at The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, a Level 2 Fitness and Gym instructor certificate, and an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. As the current Dance Science Graduate Intern, Seema is heavily involved in the planning and assistance of the MSc Dance Science, as well as the One Dance UK/ NIDMS POP package and health screening for TL dance students. She also delivers the lab skills component of the MSc in Dance Science at Trinity Laban. To date, her research has primarily focused on the effects of active/passive conditions after intense Kathak dance activity and she is continuing to develop these ideas based on findings from her final Master’s project in collaboration with international practitioners and researchers. She disseminated her research through both a movement session and poster presentation at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) Conference at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, in October 2016. A trained classical Kathak dancer, Seema has performed as part of the Abhay Shankar Mishra Dance Company in productions at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (Milapest), The Southbank Centre (Alchemy), The London Mela with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Houses of Parliament (Akademi) and a plethora of performances at The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Indian Arts Institute. She now teaches Kathak dance technique to contemporary dancers and actors, such as the cast of Dara at the National Theatre. Seema has always worked in the performance industry, either as a performer or an aesthetics specialist for opera, theatre, film and TV.

Dr Abby Hoffmann, PhD

Profession: Dance Lecturer, Senior Yoga Teacher, Dance Health Specialist

Subjects covered: Yoga for Dancers, research into student dancer’s health and wellbeing, training yoga teachers as dance/yoga specialists, social dance (Argentine Tango) and health.

Based: Norwich, Norfolk, London

Contact Details: 07941 922 575


Biography: Originally from a dance background, Abby gained a BA in Dance Studies from Middlesex University in 1995 as well as a PhD in dance studies. She is also a graduate of the MSc programme in Dance Science at Trinity Laban. She is a senior yoga teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance UK and is the Director of Embodied Dancer, a unique, dance-specific yoga teacher training programme which has been informed by her PhD research.  Abby is currently Head of Studies at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance where she also teaches yoga to undergraduate dance students.

Emanuela Iacopini

Profession: Choreographer, dancer, kinesiology and contemporary dance course leader, yoga and bodywork practitioner.

Subjects covered: Zooming into warm up and cool down. Bodywork for dancers, learning tools for relaxing physical and mental tensions. Yoga practice for dancers to expand somatic awareness and understand function.

Based: Luxembourg

Contact Details: Tel: (+352) 621 176 263; Email:

Biography: With a background in Dance (BA, Milan), Chemistry (BSc, Queen Mary, London), Yoga (YIC, Bangalore) and Bodywork (Diploma, London), Emanuela Iacopini gained an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance (London). She presented her work at the Annual Meetings of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) in San Francisco (2004), Singapore (2012) and in Hong Kong (2016), and at the Viljiandi Kultuurakademia in Estonia (2007). She is founder of the Dance Science Net agency for information and education in dance science and she represents Luxembourg on IADMS’s International Liaison Network. Since 2011 she organises professional development opportunities in Luxembourg including the first local Dance Medicine and Science conference. She is course leader in contemporary dance at the Conservatoire of Luxembourg city where after introducing the subject area in 2005, she is now lecturer in kinesiology. As a choreographer and dancer she creates and performs works for her company, VEDANZA.

Jo Jenkins (neé Baker), MSc, BSc (Hons.), PGCHE, MSST

Profession: Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy, fully insured Sports and Dance Therapist.

Subjects covered: Injury prevention and treatment; Screening in dance; Nature vs. Nurture in dance. Also covers detailed anatomy, physiology, genetics, biomechanics, postural analysis, performance technique and psychology for both sport and dance.

Based: London

Contact Details: Tel: 07734 858997; Email:

Biography: Jo is a graduate from the BSc Sports Therapy (University of Hertfordshire) and the MSc in Dance Science (Trinity Laban). She combines both interests, in dance and therapy, to provide preventative, immediate and rehabilitative care for dancers. Currently, Jo is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy at London Metropolitan University and also runs the “dance injury clinic and evaluation” (DICE) for treatment and prevention of injuries working with dancers independently. She is also course leader for the BSc Sports and Dance Therapy, a unique course which focuses on the treatment and rehabilitation of dance injuries.

She has previously worked as a Sports Therapist for Old Tottonians rugby club, Enfield FC, RAW Dance Company, CUP promotions and Youth Dance England. Since graduating from the MSc, Jo has lectured at the University of Wolverhampton on their Dance Analysis module, Southgate College on their BTEC in Sport, British Ballet Organisation and The Royal Academy of Dance. Jo has also screened dancers at The Centre-Performing Arts College and individuals on a consultancy basis to provide health/injury prevention plans. She has also published numerous articles regarding injury risk and its association with biomechanical variables.

Isobel Knight

Profession: Bowen Therapist, Dancer, Published Author, Researcher and Lecturer

Subjects covered: Hypermobility in dancers (both generalised hypermobility and symptomatic hypermobility syndromes) and Bowen Therapy for dancers

Based: London

Contact Details: Tel: 07947 475082; Email:

Biography: Isobel started her career with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education before working at the ISTD for two years as an Examinations Officer and then at the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) as an administrator. Having always had an interest in the body and medicine, Isobel trained to practice the Australian soft-tissue therapy Bowen Technique ( Having heard about Laban’s outstanding reputation in Dance Science, Isobel decided to combine her interests of dance and medicine and completed her MSc in 2009. Isobel’s MSc thesis was on joint hypermobility, and Isobel is a member of the London Hypermobility Club, and a member of Dance UK. Isobel has written two books about (symptomatic) Hypermobility Syndrome and more recently co-authored a book about The Bowen Technique which has a large chapter on dance, stretch and hypermobility. Isobel is very interested in offering lectures for dancers, dance-related medical practitioners and teachers. She has given lectures at Trinity Laban, RAD, Tring Park The Pilates Foundation and more. Please contact her for more details.

Dr Ashley McGill, PhD

Profession: Senior Lecturer, Dance Researcher, Stott Pilates Instructor

Subjects covered: Dance science, safe dance practice, anatomy for dancers, ballet, Pilates for dancers, and the benefits of dance practice for other populations. Current research interests include how dance can benefit people with Parkinson’s.

Based: Esher, UK

Contact Details: 07765256213


Biography: Ashley began dancing at an early age and trained in the RAD syllabus before going to the University of Calgary for her BA (Hons) degree in dance with a major in ballet. She danced and performed with a variety of Canadian dance schools before coming to London, England to study her Master’s degree in Dance Science at Trinity Laban. Since completing her MSc in 2008, Ashley joined the dance department at University of Roehampton where she became a Senior Lecturer and studied for her doctorate. In 2016 she successfully completed her PhD entitled, ‘Living with Parkinsonism: does dance help improve the quality of movement, functions and everyday activities?’ This research was done in conjunction with English National Ballet and their Dance for Parkinson’s programme. For more information about this research please visit: Ashley has presented her research at three annual conferences held by the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and continues to publish work on her PhD research.

Niamh Morrin

Profession: Performance Enhancement Teacher and Dance Scientist, Centre for Advanced Training, TrinityLaban; PhD research student in clinical physiology; Visiting lecturer, MSc Dance Science, University of Bedfordshire.

Subjects covered: Safe dance practice, dance fitness, the physiology and biomechanics of dance performance. Current dance specific research interests include; optimum warm-up protocols, effect of fatigue on the biomechanics of dance, the benefit of strength training on injury management.

Based: London/Hertfordshire

Contact Details: 00447842902909

Biography: I am a graduate of a BSc in Sports Science and Health (Dublin City University) and an MSc in Dance Science (TrinityLaban). As a dance science practitioner, I work alongside young talented dancers at the Centre for Advanced Training and ensure that their health and injury needs are met. My work includes the delivery of workshops on nutrition and hydration, injury management and optimal warm-ups. I also work with individuals on strength and conditioning and alongside our physiotherapist provide specific injury support. With an anatomical approach, I also prepare group and practical based sessions that target optimal alignment and dance technique. In addition to working that the Centre for Advanced Training I am a visiting lecturer on the MSc Dance Science and provide lectures in both physiology and biomechanics. My research interests in dance centre primarily on optimal warm-up strategies and the effects of fatigue on the biomechanics of dance. I have presented research findings on both these topics at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference.

Alongside my passion and interest in Dance Science, my PhD research focuses on clinical physiology. I am currently investigating the effects of a novel exercise intervention on high blood pressure in older adults. My research interests on the long-term benefits of exercise continues to grow.

Beatriz Pascual

Profession: Dance teacher, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis master teacher

Subjects Covered: Dance teacher: beginners/advanced/professional level. Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis instructor and teacher trainer available.

Contact Details: Tel: 07931 552849; Email:

Biography: With more than 20 years experience, Beatriz Pascual has had ample exposure to the physical stresses of a demanding life-style. She has danced in Spain, Belgium, South Africa, the UK, Japan, France and the USA. It was during a dance project in New York that she first came into contact with Gyrotonic through its instructor, Juliu Horvath. Beatriz is a Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Master teacher. For more information please visit

Edel Quin, MSc

Profession: Dancer, Dance Teacher, Dance Lecturer, Dance Researcher

Subjects covered: Dance Science, Safe Dance Practice and Injury Prevention, Anatomy for Dancers, Fitness for Dance, Empowering DanceTM, Irish Dance Specialist

Based: London

Contact Details: Tel: 0208 469 9483; Email:

Biography: Edel is an experienced lecturer and practitioner in higher education and non-higher education programs in the UK, Europe, USA and Hong Kong, specialising in the application of dance science theory and research to the teaching and practice of dance, She is co-author of a key applied Dance Science text titled ‘Safe Dance Practice. An Applied Dance Science Perspective (Human Kinetics, 2015). She is also programme leader of the MSc and MFA programmes in Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, UK, where she also teaches on the BA Contemporary Dance and Dance Diploma Programmes. Edel started her dance career with ‘Riverdance’, performing internationally as both lead dancer and troupe member. Other professional experiences include H20: Henri Oguike’s Apprentice Dance Company and the West End production of ‘The Shaughraun’. She holds a BA (Hons) in Dance from Chichester University and an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban. She serves on the Dance Educators Committee of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS), is an Associate of and Registered Provider for Safe in Dance International (SiDI), and has completed Empowering DanceTM training.  Edel frequently presents her applied research at national and international conferences, has published numerous papers, and is on the editorial team for IADMS’  Bulletin Teachers and Dancers.

Rachel Rist

Profession: Director of Dance

Subjects covered: Adolescent Growth Spurt, Good Teaching Practice, Giving Dancers Feedback, ‘Hands on’ policies, Safe Dance Practice.

Based: Beds/Bucks/Herts

Contact Details: 01442 821665


Biography: Director of Dance at Arts Educational School, Tring Park, and past President of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. Author of 2 books; The Injured Dancer, and Anatomy and Kinesiology for Ballet Teachers and many articles for Dance Journals. Lectures internationally on Dance Training and Education and hosts many Dance Conferences. Editorial Board for ‘Fit to Dance 1 and 2’ and ‘Dance Teaching Essentials’ and has worked with Dance UK as an advisor for many years. On the Executive Committee and Chair of the Faculty of Education for the Royal Academy of Dance.

Charlotte Tomlinson, MSc

Profession: Lecturer in Dance, Fitness/Physical Activity Instructor, Dance Practitioner, Course Provider and Quality Reviewer for the Safe in Dance International (SiDI) Healthy Dance Practice Certification, Co-author of Safe Dance Practice: An applied dance science perspective

Subjects covered: Health and fitness training for dancers, anatomy, overtraining/burnout, injury prevention, community dance, safe and healthy dance practice.

Based: Leicestershire

Contact Details: 07939 588092



Biography: Charlotte completed her BA (Hons) Degree in Dance studies at Roehampton University followed by her MSc in Dance Science at Trinity Laban. Since then Charlotte has gained a PGCE and has been lecturing in dance at various colleges and institutions teaching in both further and higher education. As well as this Charlotte teaches health, fitness, dance and nutrition to both dancers and groups in the community. Charlotte is resident dance scientist at Addict Dance Academy and Leicester College, and is Artistic Director of SideKick Dance, a dance company for people with disabilities.

Elsa Urmston, MSc (dist)

Profession: Dance Educator

Subjects covered: Dance psychology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, dance fitness, experiential anatomy and safe dance practice. Expertise in teaching and learning in dance across traditional and community settings.  Particular interest in positive psychology and flow theory in application to dance participation.

Based: Suffolk, UK

Contact Details: Tel: 07711 275537; Email:; Web:

Biography: Elsa Urmston is a Dance Educator having worked in the dance sector since 1994.  Interests span dance performance and training, pedagogy in formal education and community settings and dance science and the impact of dance on health and wellbeing.  Her main area of research focuses on the application of positive psychology, flow theory and optimal experience in dance. Elsa has presented her research at various conferences including Foundations for Excellence, IADMS and for the Dance UK Psychology conference in 2013. Previous appointments have included Programme Coordinator (interim) for the MSc Dance Science at Trinity Laban, Course Leader (Dance) at University Campus Suffolk, Lecturer in Dance at London Contemporary Dance School, University of Bedfordshire and Bodywork, and Dance Health Educator at the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training.  Elsa has also conducted research with English National Ballet, Youth Dance England, Film and Video Umbrella, Akademi, Edge Hill University, dancedigital and Dance Up (formerly Hampshire Dance) amongst others.  Elsa is a graduate of the Trinity Laban MSc in Dance Science (distinction) and has a BA (Hons) Dance in Society from the University of Surrey.

Professor Matthew Wyon, PhD

Profession: Professor in Dance Science; strength and conditioning coach

Subjects covered: Strength and conditioning, fitness and dance, periodisation for schools and companies, nutrition for dancers and performance, motor learning and teaching fundamentals for dancers, health and injury prevention for dancers

Based: West Midlands

Contact Details: 07972136145


Biography: Matthew Wyon, PhD, is a Professor in Dance Science at the University of Wolverhampton, UK and a Visiting Professor at University College London and Institute of the Arts, The Netherlands.  He is the course leader for the MSc in Dance Science and Director of Studies for a number of dance science and medicine doctoral candidates. He is a founding partner of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, UK and President of International Association for Dance Medicine & Science. He has worked with numerous dancers and companies within the UK and Europe as an applied physiologist and strength and conditioning coach.  His research focuses on injury epidemiology and performance enhancement in dance; presently he has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles in dance medicine and science.