11 May 2017: Date confirmed for One Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Conference, Mind the Gap: Train Smart, Improve Performance.

10 Mar 2017

© 2014 Kien Quan Photography (NY, USA). Dancer: Nefeli Tsiouti.

One Dance UK today confirms that its latest Healthier Dancer conference, Mind the Gap: Train Smart, Improve Performance will take place on Thursday 11 May 2017. In partnership with Stratford Circus Arts Centre and East London Dance, this highly anticipated conference will take place at Stratford Circus Arts Centre and the University of East London.

Tickets for the full-day are available from just £42, coupled with the new development of single session tickets from just £15 (with discounts available for students and One Dance UK members). The programme will offer delegates a wide range of session options, including presentations of the latest research, a special focus on clinical healthcare issues, and unprecedented access for delegates to a variety of practical workshops. There will be a special focus on hip hop styles with workshops also dedicated to acrobatics, commercial, street dance and dance of the African Diaspora.

Head of Industry and Artist Support/ National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science at One Dance UK, Helen Laws comments:  “Having taken the time to conduct further consultation with the hip-hop community during a Collaborative Forum held on 25 November 2016 (the date originally earmarked for the conference) we are delighted to be offering a packed day of balanced content which includes a range of sessions where hip hop practitioners can address the specific health and fitness needs of this highly physical and particularly demanding genre.”

The Programme
All delegates will be invited to attend the morning programme, which will feature a keynote lecture and a world café, providing an open forum to discuss ideas and challenges and share practice across healthcare and artistic fields, prompted by provocations from world-leading practitioners.

After lunch, we will divide into two strands. The practical workshop route is designed with the specific needs of artists, performers, choreographers, and teachers in mind, whereas the conference route allows researchers, healthcare specialists and those with an interest in dance medicine and science to delve deeper into the existing knowledge and challenges for furthering knowledge in this area.

The Workshop Route
These sessions after lunch will be practical workshops aimed at dancers, performers, teachers and choreographers. Multiple parallel sessions will be on offer, giving delegates the ability to select which workshops they wish to attend.

Full-day workshop-route delegates will be able to choose a maximum of three workshops to attend, while single workshop tickets are also available for purchase. All delegates are welcome to also attend morning sessions. Workshop titles and their leaders will be confirmed later in March but these sessions will address topics such as warm-up and cool-down, principles of training, conditioning for strength and power, injury reduction and management, nutrition, all with a specific focus on application to hip hop styles. Performers, teachers and choreographers will move and actively practice, as well as gain specific advice for their disciplines to apply back into their own training.

The Conference Route
These sessions after lunch are aimed at healthcare practitioners and researchers and those with an interest in the development of these fields within hip hop. This section of the conference will begin with an introduction into the current research and knowledge available in healthcare needs of hip-hop artists, as well as other physically demanding styles. Following this opening, in-depth presentations on current research projects will be given by researchers before inviting questions and discussion from the delegates. Healthcare practitioners will then present clinical case studies, comprehensively sharing anonymous patient journeys and outlining specific considerations for rehabilitation for these performers. This section of the conference will conclude with a networking session and activities to encourage collaboration and new ideas for future research and healthcare approaches.

The full conference programme will be released during March at:

Call Sarah Needham-Beck on 020 7713 0730 for more information.