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 [email protected] 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
Dr Nicky Keay
Nico Kolokythas ASSC, MSc, PhD
Professor (Mrs) Almuth McDowall, PhD MSc CPsychol, AcFCIPD
Dr Ashley McGill, PhD
Dr Siobhan Mitchell, PhD
Steve Peck HG.Dip.P
Edel Quin, MSc
Dr Irina Roncaglia PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Charlotte Tomlinson, MSc
Amelia Wilkinson MSc, MCSP, MHCPC, APPI cert.
Professor Matthew Wyon, PhD
Dr. Mitul Sengupta
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
Email: [email protected]
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
Dr Manuela Angioi, MSc PhD FIADMS is a Senior 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 as well as circus artists, investigating the effects of increased physical fitness levels on performance and injury epidemiology. Manuela is the leader for Dance Medicine at QMUL where she lectures to clinicians with a special interest in the dancing/ performing arts population. Manuela is also the programme leader for the iBSc Sports and Exercise Medicine. She has contributed to the establishment of NHS Dance Medicine clinic at Mile End Hospital. Manuela provides research consultancy and support to vocational ballet schools, including Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School and she is involved in a series of screening studies that have been disseminated internationally. 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 and she has been recently awarded the prestigious title of Fellow of IADMS. Manuela sits in the Editorial Board of the Journal for Dance Medicine & Science.
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
Email: [email protected]
Sujata Banerjee is one of the most dynamic and versatile Kathak artists of Britain today – a choreographer, mentor, educator and a passionate teacher with an incredible track record of producing highly skilled professional dancers in the UK. 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 provides individual dance training programmes and performance enhancement advice to most Classical Indian Dancers. She has delivered various lectures about safe and effective dance training and motivating methods. In 1998 she programmed the UK’s first residential summer intensive course which had a specific focus on ‘healthier dance training’ – introducing appropriate warm ups, cooling down and also advising on the health and fitness of dancers. Sujata was the Chairperson of the Classical Indian Faculty of the ISTD for nearly ten years and now a senior examiner and a tutor for teachers training qualification. Sujata has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to dance, with many awards, including an MBE (2019), and One Dance UK’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2019) for education and participation. In 2020 Sujata was nominated for the IADMS Dance Educator Award.
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
Email: [email protected]
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
Email: [email protected]
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 & Freelance Lecturer in Psychology
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)
Email: [email protected]
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’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: In Terry’s proactive mental health workshops, a wide range of general mental health issues relating to dancers are explored, 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 are also discussed as are guided visualisations and meditations, breathing and relaxation techniques. Terry’s talks can be tailored to the inviting organisation’s needs. Therapy sessions are via Zoom as are workshops at present.
Based: Sussex, 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, and the Isle of Wight. He also carries out therapy by phone and Zoom. 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 as a soloist with 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.
Terry’s Help4Dancers is available from 1 June 2021 and his book on Mental Health Self-Care for Dancers will be published at the end of 2021.
Profession: Medical doctor, specialising in endocrinology and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)
Subjects covered: Dance endocrinology. RED-S, Pilates for performance
Biography: Nicky has extensive clinical and research experience in all aspects of Dance 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 created an online resource for athletes and dancers, teachers, parents and healthcare professionals www.health4performance.co.uk. She has also made online courses for coaches and athletes, endorsed by British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine – https://www.sportreadyacademy.com/p/training-as-a-high-performing-female-athlete and https://www.sportreadyacademy.com/p/working-with-high-performing-female-athletes.
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).
Nicky is an Honorary Research Fellow at Durham university and Honorary Clinical Lecturer Medicine, University Colleague London.
Profession: Strength & Conditioning Coach and Researcher
Subjects covered: Injury management and rehabilitation, growth and maturation, strength and physiological power development
Contact Details: Email: [email protected]
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.
Nico was awarded the IADMS Educator Award of the year in 2019 and he is currently organising interactive webinars on topics related to dance training and education. For information www.strengthmotionmind.com
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 protected]
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
Email: [email protected]
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
Beatriz also teaches an online Gyrokinesis clas, Tuesdays 12 to 1.15
Contact Details: Tel: 07931 552849; Email: [email protected]
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: Psychotherapist, Mental Health and Safety trainer
Subjects covered: Mental Health, Wellbeing, Sleep, Psychology
Contact details: Tel: 07886 801461; Email: [email protected]
Biography: As a puppeteer and physical performer, Steve has toured the world in large puppets, and the Norfolk Broads with tiny puppets. Steve trained in counselling and psychotherapy to various levels over the past twenty years, bringing his skills into the working environment and onto the stage. Over the past three years, he has shifted his focus exclusively to his work in mental health as a Human Givens psychotherapist and for the charity Suffolk Mind as a wellbeing trainer. He now runs his own mental health training company, MHS Training, with a specialist focus on supporting performing artists in companies and organisations such as Rambert School and One Dance UK. For more information please visit: www.mhs.training. I am proud to offer members of One Dance UK fresh opportunities to discover new models of mental health. These models empower and enrich our ability to improve wellbeing, develop and thrive.
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 protected]
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: [email protected];
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.
She sits on the Editorial Board of Psychological Thought, and the Journal Dance Medicine and Science. She is a member of the International Association of Dance and Medicine (IADMS) and a member of One Dance UK. She is a Champion for Dance for Health within IADMS. Her research interests include Transitions, Lifespan Models, Resilience, Coping Processes & Strategies and Performing Arts. She has completed her Doctoral research with Birkbeck University (UK) investigating the Retirement Transitions in Elite Performers.
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: Safe and healthy dance practice in vocational and pre-vocational training and in community settings for all.
Contact Details: 07939 588092
Email: [email protected];
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: 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
Email: [email protected]
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 protected]
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.
Performance Enhancement Teacher and Dance Scientist, Centre for Advanced Training, TrinityLaban;
Pre and Postnatal exercise specialist with Baby&I (www.babyandi.org.uk)
Subjects covered: Safe dance practice, dance fitness, the physiology and biomechanics of dance performance, injury management, the adolescent dancer, pre and postnatal musculoskeletal care.
Contact Details: 00447842902909 [email protected]
Biography: I am a graduate of a BSc in Sports Science and Health (Dublin City University), an MSc in Dance Science (TrinityLaban) and a diploma in sports massage (Sports therapy UK). In 2019, I completed a PhD in clinical exercise physiology and in 2021 I certified as a pre and postnatal corrective exercise practitioner.
My career spans from working alongside young talented dancers at the Centre for Advanced Training at TrinityLaban to training and rehabilitating pre and postnatal women. My skills as an exercise practitioner include assessing functional movement skills, dance/sport specific movement skills, assessing posture and mobility and prescribing appropriate exercise programmes that aim to enhance movement quality and musculoskeletal function, whilst also managing and alleviating aches and pains caused by poor movement patterns.
In addition, my work as a dance science practitioner includes the delivery of workshops on nutrition and hydration, injury management, optimal warm-ups, the adolescent dancer, and flexibility. With an anatomical approach, I also prepare group and practical based sessions that target optimal alignment and dance technique.
Profession: Performance and Well-Being Specialist
Subjects covered: Empowerment training through Dance; The art of dance as a life skill; Body-Wise, A Mind-Body Approach to Dancers’ Health & Wellbeing; Mindful Movement; Managing Stress and Anxiety; Why dance YOUR dance?
Contact details: +44 (0) 7791 951 860 , [email protected]
Biography: Pearl is a Performance and Wellbeing Specialist, life coach, professional speaker, presenter, educator and trainer. She is founder of the Rhythmic Remedy™ Technique a multi-disciplined, holistic and movement inspired approach to personal and professional development. Pearl has more than three decades experience within the performance industry and 14 in the health and wellbeing sector. She is former President of the Professional Speaking Association, London Region and as Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Bullies Ballerinas Jazz Productions, Pearl toured the company nationally and internationally for 10 years.
Pearl holds a B.A Hons Degree in Performing Arts from Middlesex Polytechnic (now University) and followed this training with an additional year at The Place. She is a qualified Homeopath, a Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linquistic Programming, Practitioner of Timeline™ Therapy Techniques and Hypnotherapy.
Whether it’s through 1-2-1 coaching, movement inspired health and wellbeing workshops or speaking events, Pearl provides practical and creative tools that enables individuals and groups to find their unique rhythm and move forwards with renewed energy, clarity and intent.
Profession: Performer, neuroscientist and dance teacher
- Teaching techniques and learning styles
- Dance healing
- Body image
- Mental Health Tools
Based: Amsterdam/Lisbon (willing to travel)
Contact details: 0031620672179, [email protected]
Sophia has been a dancer and performer for the past 8 years being trained in modern dance, dance therapy, somatic practices and butoh. She has a degree in Psychology and has done her postgraduate studies in neuroscience with a focus on dance. She is a certified suicide first aider and worked as a mental health practitioner for 4 years. During those 4 years, she counselled adults (including dancers) with various mental health problems.
Through her Neuroscience of Dance project and Dance Integrated Healing Method, Sophia provides neurocognitive and dance healing tools. She has been helping dancers and dance teachers all over the world for the past two years through 1-1 sessions and various workshops with the following key aspects: dealing with injuries, neurological recovery, overcoming struggles (memory, equilibrium, learning difficulties), improving dance environments and teaching techniques, improving mental well-being, improving dance skills, and using dance for healing purposes. Seeing people improving, recovering, falling in love with dance fuels her drive to do more for others.
Whilst her focus is on dancers, the audience is often broad leading her to also assist parents, psychiatrists, psychologists, physiotherapists, doctors, and dance science students who are keen to know more about the brain, movement, body dynamics and how to better apply it in their practices.
Currently, Sophia still takes part in research, conducts the Dance is Medicine Podcast, occasionally grades academic work and teaches cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging research methods.
She is available for consultancy, workshops, interviews, collaborations, talks: https://www.neuroscienceofdance.co/
Profession: Psychologist, Movement Therapist (Well-Being Practitioner/Counsellor) and Choreographer
Psychology, Kathak and Contemporary Dance, Choreography, Movement Therapy
As a kathak contemporary artist Mitul has collaborated and created works for several internationally renowned companies and presented her work in various world-renowned venues, such as the Royal Danish Ballet, (Playhouse), Belarus Philharmonic Society, Beijing Dance Festival, Abundance Dance Festival, and Thailand International Arts Festival.
She has collaborated with companies and choreographers- Offjazz Dance Academy, France, Beijing Dance/LDTX, China, Phoenix Dance Theater UK. Kalasangam, YDance UK(workshop,) SAA Arts UK (workshop), NSCD( CAT Programme workshop). Leeds Beckett University(workshop).
Her artistic interest is to create original voice which fosters meaningful and valuable collaborations, encouraging creative dialogues whilst emerging radical works. Her immersion into the world of psychological studies and obtaining a Ph.D. from it, allowed to develop ways that can address specific needs of artists and their creative concern – eventually introducing them to strategies and methods of well-being and counselling, assisting in re-inventing themselves as a person, as an artist and as a positive entity, willing to re-appear constantly, though various manifestations.
Profession: Researcher, Choreographer, Mentor, Pedagogue (artistic)
Research, Choreography, Mentoring, Pedagogy
Contact details: 07586137240, rhythmosaic @gmail.com, www.rhythmosaic.com
Shambik Ghose is a Researcher, Pedagogue Mentor, choreographer and performance maker. Having had the privilege of sharing his expertise Nationally and Internationally in the domain of classical and contemporary artistic practices and performances for more than 15 years, he holds a performing arts Scholarship and Diploma in Musical Theater Dance from The Hongkong Academy for Performing Arts, and an MA in Choreography with Dean’s Scholarship from the Leeds Beckett University UK. He is also pursuing a Ph.D. with the same University with scholarship.
Artistically and academically, he has collaborated with various world-renowned organizations, including: the Royal Danish Ballet, (Playhouse), Belarus Philharmonic Society, Beijing Dance Festival, Abundance Dance Festival, Thailand International Arts Festival, Offjazz Dance Academy (France), Beijing Dance/LDTX, China, Phoenix Dance Theater UK, Kalasangam UK, YDance UK(workshop,) SAA Arts UK (workshop), NSCD( CAT Programme workshop), Leeds Beckett University(workshop).
He functions in situations where artists face questions distinguishing between practice and research, devising effective strategies for their engagements and reinforcing their artistic flourish. He is keen to examine the research gaps where practice of choreography, pedagogy and performance making lacks strategized method.