Dance Medicine: The Female Athlete Triad and Hypermobility Conference, 2009

The Healthier Dancer Programme Conference for 2009, Dance Medicine: The Female Athlete Triad and Hypermobility Conference, was jointly organised by the Royal Society of Medicine and Dance UK aimed to promote a multidisciplinary approach, with insights from both medical practitioners and dance artists to discuss body aesthetics including ‘line’, body shape / type, and exceptional facility to push artistic boundaries and enthral audiences. Initial research discussed indicated that aesthetic demands did not always sit comfortably with the physiological and biomechanical requirements of dance performance. As elite athletes, dancers needed to walk a fine line to keep healthy, injury free and performing at their best. This conference looked at how medical practitioners worked with dance artists to support the art form.

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Conference planning committee

Dr John Scadding (chair); Dr David d’Cruz; Dr Richard Hull; Ms Helen Laws; Miss Nicole Leida; Ms Caroline Miller; Dr Alan Mistlin; Dr Sanna Nordin; Mrs Jo Parkinson; Ms Rachele Quested; Ms Emma Redding; Ms Elizabeth Sharp; Ms Sharon Sole; Ms Carmel Turner; Ms Katherine Watkins; Dr Roger Wolman.

List of Contributors

Dr Scilla Dyke MBE, Royal Academy of Dance
Professor Rodney Grahame, University College Hospital, London
Dr Richard Hull, Section of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, RSM
Dr Jonathan Katz, Sports Psychologist
Ms Helen Laws, Dance UK
Ms Moira McCormack, Royal Ballet Company
Mr Wayne McGregor, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and Royal Ballet Company
Ms Caroline Miller, Dance UK
Ms Kim Pedrick MCSP SRP AACP, Chartered State Registered Physiotherapist
Ms Rachel Peppin, Birmingham Royal Ballet
Ms Emma Redding, Laban
Ms Rachel Rist, Tring School for Performing Arts
Dr John Scadding, Royal Society of Medicine
Ms Elizabeth Sharp, ES Physical Health
Ms Heather Walker ARAP (dip) PDTC, London Studio Centre
Dr Roger Wolman MD FRCP FFSEM, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
Dr Matt Wyon, University of Wolverhampton