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Mind the Gap: Train Smart, Improve Performance in Hip Hop and Circus

17 Oct 2016

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One Dance UK Healthier Dancer Programme’s Conference 2016
Mind the Gap: Train Smart, Improve Performance in Hip Hop and Circus

In partnership with Stratford Circus Arts Centre and East London Dance

25th November 2016, 9am-6pm, Stratford Circus Arts Centre

Tickets on sale now: call 020 7713 0730 or online from Statford Circus
Special ‘early bird’ ticket prices available until 28 October, starting at £45 


Presented in partnership with Stratford Circus Arts Centre and East London Dance, Mind the Gap: Train Smart, Improve Performance in Hip Hop and Circus, focuses on the specific physical demands of highly physical performance in circus and hip hop, with the emphasis on key issues facing performers of these particularly demanding genres.

The conference will also feature practical sessions led by world-class performers and movement specialists, sharing the most recent scientific approaches to conditioning and preparation, including building strength and power. Some of the UK’s top performers will also showcase their work, followed by a discussion with them exploring how cutting-edge training and conditioning can boost performance.

A unique feature of Mind the Gap: Train Smart, Improve Performance in Hip Hop and Circus will be the specialised programme for experienced healthcare professionals and researchers, featuring clinical case studies, treatment and rehabilitation strategies, key research reports, and networking for future clinical and research collaboration. These will be led by some of the world’s top researchers and healthcare professionals.


“It’s 2016. It’s time bboys and bgirls learn and understand the research, to help them to avoid injuries, become better at what they do, and to win more battles. This conference is a great platform to include all this information in one day.” Nefeli Tsiouti, Bgirl sMash

“In circus, we often push our bodies to the limit, with long training hours, demanding touring schedules, and trying to achieve increasingly more complex skills. Unfortunately, trying to achieve the “impossible” often comes at the expense of smart and mindful training, and a circus performer’s career can come to an end far too soon.” Silvia Fratelli, Mimbre

“What takes the greats to the top is ultimately their mental focus and concentration; seeking specialists or mentors to assist them in their long term mental and physical development – as the body isn’t ready until the mind is – and never leaving anything up to chance. This is why physical health, injury care, psychological support and education are essential to performers who desire longevity for their careers.” Anthony ‘AJ-47’ Jackson – Soul Mavericks Crew (UK)


A comprehensive conference programme will be released week commencing 24th October.
Book before Friday 28 October to get your Early Bird discount, saving £10 on standard prices, plus special discounts available for One Dance UK members.

For further press information, images please contact Jim Fletcher, One Dance UK’s Marketing and Communications Manager (part-time) on 020 7713 0730, mobile 07768 455667 or email jim.fletcher@onedanceuk.org