Health Events and Conferences

Health Events and Conferences

Conferences and Networking Events 

One Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme (HDP) organises and promotes events highlighting key issues in health, fitness and well-being for the dance profession and providing opportunities for discussion and debate.

Healthier Dancer Programme Online

Webinar Series 1

Session 6: Sleep for Performance with Steve Peck

Athletes know that performance is only as good as recovery. That’s the same for anyone seeking to perform to a high standard, if we sleep well, then we can perform at our best level for years to come. Within the dance industry there are particular stressors present that impact our quantity and quality of sleep. During the course of this interactive workshop delegates will explore sleep as an emotional need and as a vital resource in how we are able to get all our needs met. Using the latest scientific breakthroughs in our understanding of sleep we can identify the changes that suit us and rehearse those changes and their success.

Session 5: Five week jump maintenance programme with Jason Boyle

This 5-week Jump maintenance programme focused on maintaining strength of lower limbs through explosive plyometric jump training. These sessions can be used as a supplementary to normal dance activity, beneficial for a wide dance population at both student and professional level. Each week we focused on strength development through practice based jumps, culminating in a physical strength achievement challenge in week-5. This strength challenge centred around methods of positive mental imagery and auto-suggestion techniques widely used within sport.

Session 4: Mindfulness for Dancers with Dr Lucie Clements and Dr Moitree Banerjee

In this session we discuss what mindfulness really is and try to unfold the power of here and now. We look at how to tailor mindfulness specifically for dancers – what can we achieve through mindfulness, what are the hindrances to mindfulness. We also address how compassion towards ourselves is essential for our wellbeing.

Session 3: Maintaining wellbeing through Nurturing Motivation during COVID-19 with Dr Irina Roncaglia

In this session we discuss what mindfulness really is and try to unfold the power of here and now. We look at how to tailor mindfulness specifically for dancers – what can we achieve through mindfulness, what are the hindrances to mindfulness. We also address how compassion towards ourselves is essential for our wellbeing.

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In this workshop, Dr Roncaglia will discuss:
1. Introduction to motivation
2. CB Model – Implications for management in the Performing Arts
3. What drives behaviour change
4. Self-Determination Theory (SDT)
5. Goal Setting

Session 2: Maintaining wellbeing through the Resilience Lenses during COVID-19 with Dr Irina Roncaglia 

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In this workshop, Dr Roncaglia discusses:
1. Wellbeing Model
2. Positive Emotions and their Role
3. Defining Resilience
4. How do we develop, nurture and maintain resilience
5. Emotional-Regulation and Reframing

Session 1: Maintaining wellness and wellbeing through self-care during COVID-19

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In this workshop, Dr Roncaglia discusses:
1. Wellbeing & Mental Health within Dance in CV-19
2. Stress Model – What is it and how does it manifest
3. The Worry Cycle– What can we do to support unhealthy responses to stress
4. Loneliness in CV-19
5. The Role of Social Support
6. Tips from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Recommended online CPD

There are a wide variety of online CPD courses that we recommend. Expand the list here.

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One Dance UK’s previous Healthier Dancer Conference videos and conference proceedings (see below).

Previous Healthier Dancer Programme conferences:

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Dance UK (became One Dance UK in April 2016)

Videos, programmes, reports, and abstracts from many of these conferences are available via the links above or on our resources pages.

Also available in ‘resources’ are informative reports of other dance medicine and science conferences that have taken place around the world over the years.

Previous Healthier Dancer Programme networking events:

  • 3 March 2019 – Dancers’ Health Networking Event: Our bi-annual networking event held CloudM, CitizenM Tower of London Hotel and including key discussions and opportunities to be a part of strategic planning for the future of dancers’ health – working together to reach shared goals.
  • 23 September 2018 – Dancers’ Health Networking Event: Our bi-annual networking event held at the Hospital Club featuring speakers Dr Jessica Eccles: Hypermobility and the brain: Implications for practice, and Dr Nicky Keay: RED-S and dancers.
  • 27 May 2018 – Dancers’ Health Networking Event: Our bi-annual networking event at CloudM, CitizenM Tower of London Hotel featuring Dr Siobhan Mitchell: Maturity timing in dance and Gary Carter: What is fascia and what is its importance when treating dancers?
  • 7 September 2017 – Dancers’ Health Networking Event: Our bi-annual networking event held at The Royal Opera House, London and featuring presentations from Greg Retter, Clinical Director, The Royal Ballet and Helen Laws, Head of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS)
  • 19 February 2017 – First annual Dancers’ Health Networking Event with One Dance UK and National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) held at The Hospital Club, Covent Garden.