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National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science welcomes The Royal Ballet as a new partner.

13 Feb 2017

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries – Photo by Andrew Ross

The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) is delighted to welcome The Royal Ballet as its newest partner, alongside founding partners Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance injuries, One Dance UK, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, University of Birmingham and University of Wolverhampton. This development will bring additional expertise and insight to inform the wider NIDMS portfolio, and enhance significantly its contribution to supporting dancers’ physical and psychological health and well-being, throughout the UK.

The Royal Ballet’s healthcare for its company dancers has always been at the forefront of dance medicine provision. The Mason Healthcare Suite, which opened in 2013, provides company dancers with similar facilities to those found in elite professional and Olympic sports. Services available to company dancers include physiotherapy, massage, sports/dance psychology, Pilates, gyrotonics, and an extremely well-equipped and maintained gym to optimise strength and conditioning work. Most recently, The Royal Ballet has fully integrated sports and dance science into its support for its dancers, using an evidence-based approach to optimising the dancers’ healthcare, training and performance. The Royal Ballet has also put in place specialist digital technology to facilitate the tracking of dancers’ injuries, health and day-to-day training which will in turn enable the Company’s healthcare specialists to monitor and inform the effectiveness of its injury prevention strategies.

Each of the NIDMS partners offers specialist expertise at the forefront of research, education and clinical services in dance medicine and science. Together their aim is to enhance the health, wellbeing and performance of dancers through a network of multidisciplinary partners, sharing expertise and providing information, guidance and services.

This kind of research-informed practice is fundamental to NIDMS’ aims. By coming on board as the newest NIDMS partner The Royal Ballet is committing to contributing its valuable knowledge and experience gained from the last three years developing this system. Having already begun to work closely alongside the Birmingham Royal Ballet to align injury surveillance methods and begun to roll this out in the Royal Ballet School, The Royal Ballet is joining the partnership at a time when NIDMS is stepping up efforts to secure the necessary funding and resources to enable it to extend this research UK-wide.

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, said: “We are delighted to partner with NIDMS and support this cutting edge area of research. The partnership will strengthen the immensely valuable work already undertaken by One Dance UK and, ultimately, will support the physical and psychological health and well-being of dancers around the world.”

Greg Retter, Clinical Director, The Royal Ballet, says of the research: “I have helped facilitate similar projects in Olympic sport which have been critical in understanding the injury burden which is inevitable when competing at a high level. This research project is an urgent and essential foundation-stone to understand better the true breadth and depth of injury across the wider dance sector, and we wholeheartedly support this initiative from One Dance UK and NIDMS, and we very much look forward to close collaboration to ensure its success”

One Dance UK Chief Executive Andrew Hurst adds: “We are thrilled that The Royal Ballet has become the newest partner in the National Institute for Dance Medicine and Science, adding weight to and raising awareness of this ground-breaking area of work. One Dance UK and the NIDMS partners are actively seeking far-sighted funding partners to help us broaden the fantastic work of the NIDMS Team, to provide systematic data gathering on injury and fitness in the major dance companies and schools throughout the UK, to benefit all dancers.”

One Dance UK is holding a Dancers’ Health Networking Evening for its members and those interested in Dance Medicine and Science on Sunday 19 February, 7-9pm at The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9HQ. Dance and healthcare professionals interested in attending should contact manager@nidms.co.uk

For more information please visit NIDMS