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 firstname.lastname@example.org as we may be able to make further suggestions.
Dr Imogen (Jen) Aujla, PhD
Dr Manuela Angioi
Jasmine Challis, BSc, MRes, RD, (SENr)
Katy Chambers, MSc, Bsc
Dr Lucie Clements, CPsychol, PhD, MSc, BSc, FHEA
Khyle Eccles, MSc, FHEA
Terry Hyde MA, MBACP
Jo Jenkins (neé Baker), MSc, BSc (Hons.), PGCHE
Dr Nicky Keay
Nico Kolokythas ASSC, MSc, PhD Candidate
Professor (Mrs) Almuth McDowall, PhD MSc CPsychol, AcFCIPD
Dr Ashley McGill, PhD
Dr Siobhan Mitchell, PhD
Edel Quin, MSc
Dr Irina Roncaglia PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Charlotte Tomlinson, MSc
Elsa Urmston, MSc (dist)
Amelia Wilkinson MSc, MCSP, MHCPC, APPI cert.
Professor Matthew Wyon, 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.
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.
Profession: Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Quuen Mary University of London. iBSC Sports and Exercise Medicine Course Leader and Dance Medicine module leader.
Subjects covered: Dance specific fitness testing; screening; injury epidemiology; research
Biography: Dr Manuela Angioi, MSc and PhD is a Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Medicine 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 epidemiology. Manuela is the module leader for Dance Medicine at QMUL where she lectures to clinicians with a special interest in the dancing population. Manuela provides research consultancy and support to vocational ballet schools and she is involved in a series of screening studies that have been presented at International Conferences. 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. Manuela sits in the research committee of IADMS since 2014.
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.
Contact Details: 07986110573
Biography: Sujata Banerjee is one of the most dynamic and versatile Kathak artists of Britain today. Sujata is a passionate teacher with an incredible track record of producing highly skilled professional dancers in the UK. She has choreographed many innovative programmes and curates dance festivals. Sujata had most of her dance training in India, with legendary artists/teachers and gurus. She studied Sports Science in the UK and brings a unique approach in teaching Kathak. She devises individual dance training programmes and performance enhancement advice to most Classical Indian Dancers. She has delivered various lectures about safe and effective dance training methods. Sujata is a believer of dance education and teaches intensively students of all levels; primary to professionals. In 1998 she had set up the UK’s first residential summer intensive course which had a specific focus on introducing appropriate warm ups, cooling down and also on the health and fitness of dancers. Sujata was the Chairperson of the Classical Indian Faculty of the ISTD for ten years, till 2019 and is an examiner and also a tutor for teachers training. Sujata has been recognised for her contribution to dance, with awards including:, Honorary Life Membership from People Dancing (2016), MBE (2018) and most recently One Dance UK’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2019) for education and participation.
Profession: Sports Dietician (SENr High Performance Register)
Subjects areas covered: Nutrition and diet for training and performance
Based: Reading, Berkshire/London
Contact Details: 07973 269825
Jasmine is an Accredited Nutritionist and Sports Dietitian on the UK Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) with a particular interest in dance. She has worked with dance students, dance teachers and professionals for more than 25 years. She continues to give group talks and individual advice to professional dance schools and companies. Jasmine has been involved in OneDanceUK 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 International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) updated Nutrition Resource Paper (2016), the Nutrition chapter in the IADMS ‘Dancer Wellness’ book published 2017 and the Nutrition Chapter in ‘Complete Irish Dancer’ to be published in 2020. She has presented at the IADMS annual conference regularly. She completed a MRes in Sport and Exercise Science (with distinction) in 2018 at Roehampton University, London UK, her research project was with Irish dancers. Away from dance she has contributed to medical and dietetic textbooks and 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.
Profession: Senior 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, assessing suitability and preparing dancers for pointe work, optimising turnout for dance performance, working with hypermobile dancers
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 in Dance Science and Programme Manager for the MA in Education (Dance Teaching) 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.
Profession: Chartered Psychologist & Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Subjects covered: Performance psychology; motivation, stress & anxiety, self-confidence & self-esteem, perfectionism, mental skills training. Cognitive psychology; kinaesthesia & action observation, imagery, creativity.
Based: Sussex & London (willing to travel/deliver online workshops)
Tel: +447731 161 588
Biography: Lucie is a British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist and a specialist in performance psychology. She delivers freelance workshops and guest lectures to performing arts schools, ballet schools and professional dance companies covering areas including performance anxiety management, psychological skills training, stress management and injury coping skills. As a psychologist, Lucie has worked with dancers across Europe, Asia and the USA. Lucie is also a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Chichester teaching areas of cognitive, organisational and performance psychology for the BSc Psychology and BSc Dance Science. Lucie’s current research interests are within the nurture of dancers’ creativity and optimal wellbeing, and she has published a number of journal articles. She has undertaken psychology research at Trinity Laban, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Tring Park and Amsterdam School of the Arts and has presented her work at a number of national and international dance science and psychology conferences. Lucie is available for group or individual consultancy/workshops within any area of performance, organisational or cognitive psychology for dancers, dance teachers and dance parents.
Profession: Performance enhancement/strength and conditioning coach; lecturer; dance theatre maker, and performer.
Subjects covered: Strength and conditioning, coaching, performance optimization, anatomy, fitness integration, dance technique (floorwork, partnering, performance)
Khyle Eccles is a movement, dance and performance specialist with a varied portfolio career – and is one of very few dance specific strength and conditioning specialists in the UK.
As a strength and conditioning specialist, dance theatre maker and performer; Khyle has a unique blend of professional practices to excite, educate and inspire the people he works with, in the gym, lab, studio, or stage.
He earned his MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and his BA(hons) at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Khyle has also toured internationally for 11 years with large and small scale productions, with a variety of makers and companies.
His research focuses on the development of athletic ability for dance professionals, with a particular focus on the freelance dancers – and he believes in developing a proactive prehabilitative strength and conditioning culture in the dance community.
Khyle is a strong and clear speaker, loves to engage with those who want to learn and collaborate, and believes in going to extraordinary lengths to help others grow and achieve. Khyle was also the recipient of the ODUK Inspirational Lecturer Award 2019.
Subjects covered: A wide range of general mental health issues relating to dancers, some of which are: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bipolar, perfectionism, obsessive compulsive disorder, loss/bereavement, bullying and low self-esteem. Mental health issues relating to injuries. Guided visualisations and meditations, breathing and relaxation techniques. Terry’s talks may be tailored based on the inviting organisation’s needs.
Based: Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle Of Wight
Contact Details: 07831 567530
Biography: Terry is a psychotherapist, with an MA in Psychotherapy & Healing Practice validated by Middlesex University. He is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). His practices are in Brighton & Hove, Southampton and Isle of Wight. He also carries out therapy by phone and via Skype. Now back to the beginning. Having completed a five-year scholarship at the RAD, and after leaving the Royal Ballet School senior school, Terry danced with The Royal Ballet and London’s Festival Ballet (now ENB). After which he performed in musical theatre, both in the West End and on tour, as well as on TV and in films. On retiring from performing, Terry set up and ran for 15 years, a business management organisation for both high profile and “jobbing” professionals in show business. This puts Terry in a unique position of “having been there and done that,” to be able to help dancers with their unique mental health situations of being a human being but also aiming to be an elite dancer, with the emotional and physical pressures that come with it.
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.
Contact Details: Tel: 07734 858997; Email: email@example.com
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.
Profession: Medical doctor, specialising in endocrinology and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)
Subjects covered: Sports endocrinology. RED-S, Pilates for performance
Biography: Nicky has extensive clinical and research experience in all aspects of Sports Endocrinology. This includes several published studies on bone health and hormones in dancers at vocational school, professional and retired levels. Nicky presents at many high profile conferences. Nicky set up a RED-S working group on to create an online resource for athletes and dancers, teachers, parents and healthcare professionals. Nicky is passionate about raising awareness amongst dancers of RED-S in order to prevent adverse consequences on performance and health. Her other passion is ballet and she continues to take 4 classes a week (with 2 hip replacements).
Profession: Strength & Conditioning Coach and Researcher
Subjects covered: Injury management and rehabilitation, growth and maturation, strength and physiological power development
Contact Details: Tel:07845 572 694 ; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Biography: Nico Kolokythas is an accredited coach from the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and has over 15 years experience in adolescent strength and conditioning in elite performance. Based at Elmhurst Ballet School, U.K. he has completed a PhD in strength and conditioning for dancers focusing on the effect of supplementary training on injuries and performance, and also works as a consultant for Birmingham Royal Ballet. Nico has also presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) conferences.
Profession: Registered practitioner psychologist (HCPC); Academic
Subjects covered: Psychology: a range of topics including well being, stress and burnout, worklife balance, reasonable adjustments and special requirements (e.g. ADHD, dyslexia), motivation, positive thinking, goal setting and coaching, and thinking about leadership and management in the performing arts and beyond
Contact Details: Tel: 07951 128 581; Email: email@example.com
Biography: Almuth is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck University of London where she heads up her department. After a career in dance and fitness, she embarked on another journey in psychology where is is committed to bringing evidence to practice and putting people first. She is widely published on topics such as work-life balance, coaching, reasonable adjustments and professional standards and education, and a sought after speaker. She has recently completed a large project with Parents in Performing Arts (PiPA) which provides the first ever national UK data on worklife balance and career challenges in the performing arts.
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: http://roehamptondance.com/parkinsons/ 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.
Profession: Researcher/consultant/educator – adolescent dancer health and wellbeing
Subjects Covered: As a specialist in the field of growth and maturation there are a number of talks and workshops Siobhan offers which can be tailored to dance teachers, students or parent/guardians of young dancers. Workshops/talks can cover a range of topics specific to the adolescent dancer including an introduction to growth and maturation, physiological and psychological perspectives on training the adolescent dancer, managing and monitoring growth and maturation and implications of maturity timing for health and performance.
Biography: Siobhan trained as a dancer before going on to complete a BA Hons in Dance Studies at the University of Roehampton, an MSc in Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and an MRes in Health and Wellbeing at the University of Bath. Awarded an ESRC studentship in 2014, Siobhan completed her PhD studies at the University of Bath exploring growth and maturation in the context of dance, specifically psychosocial and physical implications of differing maturity timing in young dancers. Siobhan has expertise in growth and maturation in performing arts and sports contexts, biocultural approaches to adolescent development and mediated effects models of adolescent adaptation with an interest in health risk behaviours. Siobhan works as a research associate, lecturer and delivers educational sessions for dancers and dance teachers on the topic of growth and maturation.
Profession:Dance teacher, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis master teacher, Certified Zena Rommett Floor Barre teacher
Subjects Covered: Dance teacher: beginners/advanced/professional level. Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis instructor and teacher trainer available, Certified Zena Rommett Floor Barre teacher
Contact Details: Tel: 07931 552849; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.gyrotonic.co.uk.
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
Contact Details: Email: email@example.com
Biography: Edel is an experienced dance teacher, lecturer, researcher and dance scientist, specialising in the application of dance science theory and research to the teaching and practice of dance, across styles, ages and settings. She is co-author of ‘Safe Dance Practice. An Applied Dance Science Perspective ‘ (Human Kinetics, 2015). She is also Programme Leader for BSc and MSci Dance Science at University of Chichester. Edel’s professional performance experience includes touring full-time with ‘Riverdance the show’ (1996-2001), Henri Oguike’s sister dance company H20, West End production of The Shaughraun (2006), and opening ceremony of the Special Olympics (Dublin, 2003). She holds a BA (Hons) in Dance from Chichester University, MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban, Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellow, 2007, and Jose Limon Teacher Training, 2011. She serves on the Dance Educators Committee of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS). She is an Associate of and Registered Provider for Safe in Dance International (SiDI), and has completed Empowering DanceTM training. Edel has also published numerous papers and frequently presents her applied research at national and international conferences. She is on the editorial panels for peer-reviewed journals such as Frontiers in Psychology and the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.
Profession: Chartered Practitioner Sport & Exercise Psychologist
- Performance Optimisation and Enhancement
- Optimal Functioning
- Injury Rehabilitation
- Developing Coping Mechanisms and Responses to Adversities (Emotion-focused and Problem-focused)
- Stress and Arousal Levels Management
- Motivational Skills
- Perfectionism and its impact
- Audition Preparation and Positive Emotions
- Psychological Mental Skills
- Mindfulness approaches within Dance Performing Arts
- Developing and nurturing Well-Being and Wellness in Elite Dancers
- Preparation for Career Transitions and Career Change
- Empowering Career Change
Contact Details: Tel: 07957 696 857; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Biography: Irina is a Chartered Sport & Exercise Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC), is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the IADMS. Irina focuses on improving, empowering and promoting self-growth, wellness and well-being in professional elite dancers drawing on a 15 year career with English National Ballet. Irina is driven and passionate in ensuring that performing artists lead healthy, fulfilling and long-lasting performing careers. Irina also works in bringing the Performing Arts into the SEN curriculum with a specialism in Autism Spectrum Conditions.
Profession: Lecturer in dance, Community dance practitioner, Fitness Yoga instructor, Associate Member and Course Provider/Quality Reviewer for the Safe in Dance International (SiDI), assessor for ISTD with SiDI, assessor for Trinity College London, Co-author of Safe Dance Practice: An applied dance science perspective (2015), Guest lecturer in safe and healthy dance practice. Charlotte is also a co-course provider with Ticta First Aid on the ‘Emergency First Aid at Work: Dance, Performing Arts & Physical activity’ training.
Subjects covered: Health and fitness training for dancers, anatomy, overtraining/burnout, injury prevention and immediate treatment, community dance practice, basic nutrition and hydration, safe and healthy dance practice.
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 is a guest lecturer at various institutions. Charlotte teaches dance, yoga, health and fitness to both dancers in training and to groups in the community. Charlotte is co-author of the publication Safe dance Practice: An Applied dance Science Perspective (2015), and is Artistic Director of SideKick Dance, a dance company for disabled dancers and dancers with learning difficulties. She also runs a dance group for older adults, and in 2017 Charlotte won the One Dance UK award for Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner.
Profession: Dance scientist and educator
Subjects covered: Dance psychology, dance education and pedagogy across the lifecourse, dance for health, embodied and applied practices in dance science, experiential anatomy, safe dance practice, research and evaluation.
Based: Suffolk, UK
Biography: Elsa Urmston is a UK-based dance educator living in Ipswich, having worked professionally in dance education, performance and making since 1994. She has a full-time portfolio career working across Higher Education at institutions such as London Contemporary Dance School, and consulting on the education, pedagogy and evaluation of participatory dance projects throughout the UK and Europe. Clients have included Made by Katie Green, Dance Umbrella, English National Ballet, Joss Arnott Dance, East London Dance, BEEE-Creative, Dance Network Association, ArtEZ and Crxss Platfxrm, amongst others. Elsa sits on the Expert Panel for Children and Young People for One Dance UK. Previously, she has been Chair of the Dance Educators’ Committee for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, and from 2014 to 2017 was the Centre for Advanced Training Manager at DanceEast. She has an MSc in Dance Science and a Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice. Elsa is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. Elsa is currently Lead Researcher at London Contemporary Dance School exploring the pedagogical, psychological and creative outcomes of periodized vocational training. As part of this, she is a doctoral candidate at University of Exeter, looking at the pedagogical principles of periodized vocational dance training in relation to the accrual of positive psychological capital.
Profession: Physiotherapist, Dance Science Educator, Pilates Instructor
Subjects covered: Injury prevention, management, rehabilitation; Dance anatomy; Alignment and core stability; Flexibility for dance; Anatomy and biomechanics of turnout; Safe dance practice; Growth and maturation in dance
Amelia originally trained as a ballet dancer at The Royal Ballet School and is now a dance science educator, physiotherapist and Pilates instructor. Her expertise in dancers health and wellbeing has informed her own experiences of dance injury as well as her dance science and physiotherapy research. Amelia currently works as a physiotherapist for the NHS and as Health tutor for the Centre for Advanced Training programme. She delivers dance science CPD courses across the UK and internationally for the Royal Academy of Dance as well as teaching Pilates to BA Contemporary Dance students at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
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; Email: email@example.com
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.