Healthier Dancer Programme (HDP) Speakers List

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 as we may be able to make further suggestions.

Dr Imogen (Jen) Aujla, 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.

Based: Bedfordshire

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.

Dr Manuela Angioi

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

Based: London

Contact Details: Work: 02082238839 Mobile: 07789127883; Email: or

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.

Sujata Banerjee

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.

Based: London

Contact Details: 07986110573


Biography: Sujata Banerjee is one of the most dynamic and versatile Kathak artists of Britain today. In addition to performing, Sujata also teaches, choreographs, and devises dance training programmes for injury prevention and performance enhancement. Sujata studied Sports Science and brings a unique approach in teaching Kathak. She has delivered various lectures about safe and effective dance training methods. Sujata is a passionate 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 healthier dancer focus which brought major awareness of health and fitness amongst South Asian Dancers. Sujata is a senior Kathak Examiner and the Chairperson of the Classical Indian dance Faculty of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), holds a CDE (Certificate in Dance Education), certificate of proficiency in applied Anatomy and Physiology from the ISTD. Sujata has been working in the dance fields since 1985, set up her registered company and school in 1995 and created various innovative programmes in UK and in other parts of the world. In 2016, Sujata received an honorary lifetime membership award from People Dancing UK for her exceptional contribution to dance. In 2017 Sujata was nominated and shortlisted for One Dance UK’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Jasmine Challis

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


Biography: Jasmine is an Accredited Nutritionist and Sports Dietitian on the UK Sport and Exercise Nutrition High Performance Register with a particular interest in dance. She has worked with dance students, dance teachers and professionals for more than 25 years. She has given group talks and individual advice to professional dance schools and companies. Jasmine has been involved in Dance UK 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 IADMS updated Nutrition Resource Paper (2016). Away from dance she 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.

Katy Chambers, MSc, Bsc

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

Based: London

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.

Dr Lucie Clements, CPsychol, PhD, MSc, BSc, FHEA

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)

Contact Details:

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.

Seema De Jorge-Chopra, MSc

Profession: Dance Science Graduate Intern MSc Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Kathak educator and conditioning coach

Subjects covered: Health and fitness training, strength and conditioning principles for dancers, anatomy, active recovery methods (cool-down), injury prevention, physiology and physicality of Kathak dance, safe and healthy dance practice.

Based: London

Contact Details: 07930 992 280



Biography: Seema graduated from the University of the West of England in 2003 with a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design. Since then, she has obtained a Master’s in Kathak Dance from Abhay Shankar Mishra at The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, a Level 2 Fitness and Gym instructor certificate, and an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. As the current Dance Science Graduate Intern, Seema is heavily involved in the planning and assistance of the MSc Dance Science, as well as the One Dance UK/ NIDMS POP package and health screening for TL dance students. She also delivers the lab skills component of the MSc in Dance Science at Trinity Laban. To date, her research has primarily focused on the effects of active/passive conditions after intense Kathak dance activity and she is continuing to develop these ideas based on findings from her final Master’s project in collaboration with international practitioners and researchers. She disseminated her research through both a movement session and poster presentation at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) Conference at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, in October 2016. A trained classical Kathak dancer, Seema has performed as part of the Abhay Shankar Mishra Dance Company in productions at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (Milapest), The Southbank Centre (Alchemy), The London Mela with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Houses of Parliament (Akademi) and a plethora of performances at The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Indian Arts Institute. She now teaches Kathak dance technique to contemporary dancers and actors, such as the cast of Dara at the National Theatre. Seema has always worked in the performance industry, either as a performer or an aesthetics specialist for opera, theatre, film and TV.

Khyle Eccles. MSc

Profession: Performance enhancement/strength and conditioning coach and lecturer; dance theatre maker and performer

Subjects covered: Strength and conditioning, coaching, performance optimization, anatomy, fitness integration, dance technique (floorwork, partnering, performance)

Based: London

Contact details: Tel: 07725058690; e-mail:

Biography: As a strength and conditioning/performance optimization specialist for dancers and a 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 BA(hons) at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and his MSc from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Khyle has toured internationally for 10 years with large and small scale productions with a variety of makers and companies. His research focuses on the athletic ability of 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.

Dr Abby Hoffmann, PhD

Profession: Dance lecturer, senior Yoga teacher, dance health specialist

Subjects covered: Yoga for dancers, research into student dancer’s health and wellbeing, training yoga teachers as dance/yoga specialists, social dance (Argentine Tango) and health.

Based: Norwich, Norfolk, London

Contact Details: 07941 922 575


Biography: Originally from a dance background, Abby gained a BA in Dance Studies from Middlesex University in 1995 as well as a PhD in dance studies. She is also a graduate of the MSc programme in Dance Science at Trinity Laban. She is a senior yoga teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance UK and is the Director of Embodied Dancer, a unique, dance-specific yoga teacher training programme which has been informed by her PhD research.  Abby is currently Head of Studies at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance where she also teaches yoga to undergraduate dance students.

Terry Hyde MA, MBACP

Profession: Psychotherapist/counsellor

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.

Emanuela Iacopini

Profession: Choreographer, dancer, kinesiology and contemporary dance course leader, yoga and bodywork practitioner.

Subjects covered: Zooming into warm up and cool down. Bodywork for dancers, learning tools for relaxing physical and mental tensions. Yoga practice for dancers to expand somatic awareness and understand function.

Based: Luxembourg

Contact Details: Tel: (+352) 621 176 263; Email:

Biography: With a background in Dance (BA, Milan), Chemistry (BSc, Queen Mary, London), Yoga (YIC, Bangalore) and Bodywork (Diploma, London), Emanuela Iacopini gained an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance (London). She presented her work at the Annual Meetings of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) in San Francisco (2004), Singapore (2012) and in Hong Kong (2016), and at the Viljiandi Kultuurakademia in Estonia (2007). She is founder of the Dance Science Net agency for information and education in dance science and she represents Luxembourg on IADMS’s International Liaison Network. Since 2011 she organises professional development opportunities in Luxembourg including the first local Dance Medicine and Science conference. She is course leader in contemporary dance at the Conservatoire of Luxembourg city where after introducing the subject area in 2005, she is now lecturer in kinesiology. As a choreographer and dancer she creates and performs works for her company, VEDANZA.

Jo Jenkins (neé Baker), MSc, BSc (Hons.), PGCHE, MSST

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.

Based: London

Contact Details: Tel: 07734 858997; Email:

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.

Dr Nicky Keay

Profession: Medical doctor, specialising in endocrinology and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)

Subjects covered: Sports endocrinology. RED-S, Pilates for performance

Based: London

Contact Details: e-mail:

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).

Isobel Knight

Profession: Bowen Therapist, Dancer, published author, researcher and lecturer

Subjects covered: Hypermobility in dancers (both generalised hypermobility and symptomatic hypermobility syndromes) and Bowen Therapy for dancers

Based: London

Contact Details: Tel: 07947 475082; Email:

Biography: Isobel started her career with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education before working at the ISTD for two years as an Examinations Officer and then at the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) as an administrator. Having always had an interest in the body and medicine, Isobel trained to practice the Australian soft-tissue therapy Bowen Technique ( Having heard about Laban’s outstanding reputation in Dance Science, Isobel decided to combine her interests of dance and medicine and completed her MSc in 2009. Isobel’s MSc thesis was on joint hypermobility, and Isobel is a member of the London Hypermobility Club, and a member of Dance UK. Isobel has written two books about (symptomatic) Hypermobility Syndrome and more recently co-authored a book about The Bowen Technique which has a large chapter on dance, stretch and hypermobility. Isobel is very interested in offering lectures for dancers, dance-related medical practitioners and teachers. She has given lectures at Trinity Laban, RAD, Tring Park The Pilates Foundation and more. Please contact her for more details.

Nico Kolokythas ASSC, MSc, PhD Candidate

Profession: Strength & Conditioning Coach and Researcher

Subjects covered: Injury management and rehabilitation, growth and maturation, strength and physiological power development

Based: Birmingham

Contact Details: Tel:07845 572 694 ; Email: 

Biography: Nico Kolokythas is an accredited coach from the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and has over 10 years experience in adolescent strength and conditioning in elite performance. Based at Elmhurst Ballet School, U.K. he is currently completing 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.

Professor (Mrs) Almuth McDowall, PhD MSc CPsychol, AcFCIPD

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

Based: London

Contact Details: Tel: 07951 128 581; Email:


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.

Dr Ashley McGill, PhD

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: 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.

Dr Siobhan Mitchell, PhD

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.

Based: Bath

Contact Details: Tel: 07428636586; e-mail:

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.

Niamh Morrin

Profession: Performance enhancement teacher and dance scientist, Centre for Advanced Training, Trinity Laban; PhD research student in clinical physiology; visiting lecturer, MSc Dance Science, University of Bedfordshire.

Subjects covered: Safe dance practice, dance fitness, the physiology and biomechanics of dance performance. Current dance specific research interests include; optimum warm-up protocols, effect of fatigue on the biomechanics of dance, the benefit of strength training on injury management.

Based: London/Hertfordshire

Contact Details: 00447842902909

Biography: I am a graduate of a BSc in Sports Science and Health (Dublin City University) and an MSc in Dance Science (TrinityLaban). As a dance science practitioner, I work alongside young talented dancers at the Centre for Advanced Training and ensure that their health and injury needs are met. My work includes the delivery of workshops on nutrition and hydration, injury management and optimal warm-ups. I also work with individuals on strength and conditioning and alongside our physiotherapist provide specific injury support. With an anatomical approach, I also prepare group and practical based sessions that target optimal alignment and dance technique. In addition to working that the Centre for Advanced Training I am a visiting lecturer on the MSc Dance Science and provide lectures in both physiology and biomechanics. My research interests in dance centre primarily on optimal warm-up strategies and the effects of fatigue on the biomechanics of dance. I have presented research findings on both these topics at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference.

Alongside my passion and interest in Dance Science, my PhD research focuses on clinical physiology. I am currently investigating the effects of a novel exercise intervention on high blood pressure in older adults. My research interests on the long-term benefits of exercise continues to grow.

Gemma Parry

Profession: Physiotherapist

Subjects covered: Musculoskeletal injury, sleep, screening / monitoring, long term athlete development

Based: Birmingham

Contact details: Tel: 07743474550; e-mail:
GemmaNParry (Twitter)

Biography: Gemma Parry graduated with an MSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Birmingham in 2011, and has worked in both the National Health Service and private practice. She has previously occupied positions with GB Boxing through the English Institute of Sport, Birmingham City FC, and Birmingham Royal Ballet. Gemma is currently employed by GB Short Track Speed Skating where she attended the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and completing her PhD with the University of Salford, her thesis is dedicated to the reliability and criterion validity of lower limb musculoskeletal screening tools.

Beatriz Pascual

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:

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

Edel Quin, MSc

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

Based: Chichester

Contact Details: Email:

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.

Dr Irina Roncaglia PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Profession: Chartered Practitioner Sport & Exercise Psychologist

Subjects covered:

  • 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
  • Resilience
  • 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

Based: London

Contact Details: Tel: 07957 696 857; Email:;


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.

Nicola Stephens, MSc, MCSP, MMACP

Profession: Physiotherapist

Subjects covered: Safe dance practice, injury prevention related to exercise and physiotherapy. Injury or body part specific workshops e.g. managing shin pain in the studio, managing knee pain in the studio, managing growing pains and the adolescent dancer in the studio. Currently teach at Performers College: First aid for dancers, core stability and abdominal anatomy for dancers, joint anatomy related to hip & knee injury prevention in dancers, warm up / cool down for dancers

Based: Colchester, Essex

Contact Details: Tel: 01375 672053 (work); E-mail:


Biography: Nicola graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1997 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy and from UEL in 2011 with a masters degree in advanced clinical practice. Nicola has been the lead-clinician at Performers Physiotherapy since 2003 and is passionate about the health and wellbeing of dancers. Her role at Performers College as a Specialist Physiotherapist in Dance Medicine focuses on injury prevention as well as treating injuries and running workshops for the students on safe dance practice. Nicola regularly lectures on dancer / musical theatre performer health and is heavily involved in various research projects looking at the health and wellbeing of musical theatre dancers.

Charlotte Tomlinson, MSc

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. 

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.

Based: Leicestershire

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.

Elsa Urmston, MSc (dist)

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

Contact Details:Tel: 07711 275537;; Web:

Twitter: @dancescigirl
Facebook: @dancescigirl

Elsa has a full-time portfolio career working with clients such as Stopgap Dance Company, Dance Umbrella, Dance Network Association, East London Dance, Hofesh Shechter Company and Central School of Ballet. From 2014-2017, Elsa was Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Manager at DanceEast, focussing on ensuring rigorous practices for young dancers undertaking pre-vocational training. Elsa has worked as Programme Manager, MSc Dance Science at Trinity Laban, and now is module leader for the MSc and MFA Dance Science Embodied and Applied Practices unit there. Elsa supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects at London Contemporary Dance School and Bird College, and is a quality reviewer for Safe in Dance International. She works often as a consultant evaluator to explore the impact of dance participation on various sociocultural and health-based outcomes. In 2017, Elsa worked with Dance Network Association in Essex on their Family Dance programmes across the county. As a researcher at the University of Bedfordshire, her work with Stopgap Dance Company examines the values, attitudes and practices of dance artists working in inclusive dance. Elsa is Chair of the Dance Educators’ Committee for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and sits on the Expert Panel for Children and Young People for One Dance UK.


Amelia Wilkinson MSc, MCSP, MHCPC, APPI cert.

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

Based: London

Contact Details:

Tel: 07590815771


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 is informed her own experiences of dance injury  as well as and  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.

Professor Matthew Wyon, PhD

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:

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.