Specialist Information Sheets
These are two or four sided illustrated information sheets covering key topics. They are written by specialists and all health-related sheets are checked by our Dance Medicine and Science Expert Panel. The sheets cover a range of topics across health, safe practice and business of dance.
The entire series of information sheets is available FREE to our members. If you are a One Dance UK member, login and visit the ‘members’ Area’ to download your set, including:
1 Finding a Medical or Complementary Health Practitioner
2 Dancer’s First Aid Box
3 Warming Up & Cooling Down
4 Copyright for Dance
5 A Basic Guide to Insurance
6 Dance Floors
7 Care of the Instrument
9 Are You an Employee, Self-Employed or a Worker?
10 Myths and Facts about Dance and the Body
11 How to Have Healthy Bones
12 Nutrition for Dancers
13 Muscular Imbalance Explained
14 Burnout in Dance
15 Fluid for Dancers
17 Core Stability for Dancers
18 Dancers’ Physical Therapy Questions Answered
19 Pregnancy and the Dancer, PLUS Pregnancy Exercise Sheet
20 Dance Spaces
Information sheets currently available to purchase:
Finding a Dance Healthcare Practitioner
When dancers are injured it is important that they get proper diagnosis and treatment as quickly as possible by a practitioner who understands their specific needs
Author: Helen Laws, 2012
Date Published: 1997, revised in 1998, 2001, 2003, 2012
Dancer’s First Aid Box
This information is for use only in the case of minor injuries/illnesses. Any doubts; send the patient to casualty. Remember, dancers’ injuries usually need special attention.
Author: Dr Barry Grimaldi, 1997. Updated by Nicola Stephens and Anna Brodrick, 2013
Date Published: 1997, reviewed and reprinted 2003 , updated 2013
Injuries happen! In fact, 80% of dancers become injured each year. 65% of these injuries are from body overuse, however, 35% are from accidents. This sheet investigates the safe and effective use of space for dancers.
Author: Charlotte Tomlinson, 2014
Date Published: 2014
Core Stability for Dancers
Physiotherapists use the term ‘core stability’ to describe what many dancers refer to as being ‘pulled up’. Related disciplines such as Pilates and Yoga are also aware of the importance of core stability as the physical foundation or anchor point for movement control. This helps to reduce the risk of injury to the dancer.
Author: Warrick McNeill, 1999. Updated by Leon Stephens and Druanne Roberts, 2012
Date Published: 1999, updated 2012
Dancers’ Physiotherapy Questions Answered
Author: Dance UK’s Physiotherapy Advisory Group. Updated by Nicola Stephens and Anna Brodrick, 2012
Date Published: updated 2012
Copyright for Dance
It is useful to know what rights you have over your own works, and you need to respect the copyright of other people’s work that you may be using. A dance company will use a wide variety of copyright works, including music, photographs, graphic design, set and costume design and sound recordings as well a dance itself.
Author: Madeline Hutchins, 2002. Updated by Irving David, 2014
Date Published: 2002, reviewed and reprinted 2009, updated 2014
This information sheet outlines key factors relating to dance floors.
Edited by Niamh Morrin, Healthier Dancer Programme Manager, Dance UK, 2013. With special thanks to: Dr Luke Hopper, Dr Boni Rietfeld and Mark Foley.
Date Published: 2013
Pregnancy and Parenthood – The Dancer’s Perspective
A research project exploring issues around pregnancy, parenthood, and return to work for professional dancers and dance companies in the UK. Includes six case studies, survey results from dancers, model maternity and paternity policies and risk assessment forms.
Author: Vincent Dance Theatre, Dance UK, Creative and Cultural Skills
Date Published: 2009
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