Archive for the ‘Dancers’ Category

Performers Health Hub App Launched

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Dance Longer Dance Stronger has launched a new app designed to enable performers to locate a range of dance-specialist healthcare, both private and NHS, and reliable, evidence-based resources on a range of health topics including fitness, first-aid for dancers, nutrition and hypermobility.

Resources on the Performers Health Hub are drawn from a consortium of organisations at the forefront of dance medicine and science research and advocacy including National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, One Dance UK, Safe in Dance International and the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and will be continually updated as research progresses.

The app has been developed in response to the high injury rate among dancers and the lack of time available due to the nature of their work, to conduct thorough research in locating top quality healthcare.

Around 80% of all dancers will suffer an injury each year through training, rehearsal or performance* or as a result of fatigue and overwork, insufficient warming-up or cooling-down, recurring injury or not being able to respond to the early warning signs of injury**.

Due to the nature of their work, and the demands of their complex schedules, dancers, teachers and choreographers can find it extremely challenging to find the sufficient time needed in order to locate reliable, dance specialist care and resources. This can lead to many dancers abandoning the search altogether and working through an injury.

Director of Dance Longer Dance Stronger Claire Farmer comments: ‘By housing this vital information in one place, the app removes the need to spend precious time searching the internet and attempting to establish the quality and reliability of the information available there. Dancers can quickly find dance specialist healthcare practitioners and clinical services, providing the expert knowledge that can help dancers then return to the studio quicker.’

To download the app please visit the Apple or Google stores.

The information on this app is not intended to diagnose an injury.  If you are concerned about an injury please always consult a registered healthcare professional.  To query any of the information highlighted in this app please contact Dance Longer Dance Stronger directly.

For more information contact: Claire Farmer MSc info@dancelongerdancestronger.com

*Laws, H (2005) Fit to Dance 2, Dance UK, Newgate Press, UK: London

** Brinson, P & Dick, F (1996) Fit to Dance, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, UK: London

Dancers Study

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

A new international study explores the relationship between physical activity, including dancing, other risk factors (such as diet), and health.

The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science and the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis are investigating the long-term effect of these factors and their relation to the risk of disease, including osteoarthritis.

The team are asking participants to complete an online questionnaire, which is anonymous. Taking part is entirely voluntary and if you wish to do so, you are free to withdraw at any time. If you agree to continue you will be asked to complete two more questionnaires which will enable the researchers to get an understanding of how much physical activity/dancing you do and the effects on your overall health, including your lower body joints

The deadline for participation is the 31st of March 2017.

An optional prize draw is available for those who wish to enter.

The link to access the survey is: https://nottingham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/dance

Research Investigates Dance Shoes

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Lindsay Wallace, a dancer, physiotherapist and Performing Arts Medicine MSc researcher at University College London, is looking for female dancers (minimum 4 hours dance activity per week) to take part in her project investigating dance footwear. The project aims to help reduce dance injuries and protect dancers.

Female dancers, please fill in this survey.

UK Survey of Muscle and Joint Health in Retired Professional Ballet Dancers

Monday, April 20th, 2015

A research team at the University of East Anglia studying the development of musculoskeletal injuries in retired ballet dancers has produced a 10 minute survey posing questions on previous and current joint and muscle pain. The survey is online here, www.surveymonkey.com/r/retiredballet, and all UK retired professional ballet dancers are invited to contribute. The team is hoping to gain a nationwide picture of current experiences of muscle and joint care among this group, helping to develop future research.

Project Breakalign

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Project Breakalign was founded by Nefeli Tsiouti in 2013 to prevent injuries for breakers/dancers. The research team of dance and medical specialists is committed to creating a methodology of corrective exercises which will reduce the risk of injuries for breakers.

‘This is the first university research of Dance Medicine on bboys/bgirls in the UK, conducted by bboys and bgirls, with the aim to create accessible and accurate knowledge for the hip-hop community. The research will involve bboys and bgirls who are active in the hip-hop scene as the core team, as well as researchers, physiotherapists, coaches, [and] medical specialists’. 

A Kickstarter campaign has been set up to help expand their research programme.

Project Breakalign is working in association with Dance UK, and has ethical approval from University College London.

Event Report: Performers in their Environment Training Day

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Our November 2013 event brought together actors and musicians with professionals working in performing arts healthcare, education and support and welfare, for a stimulating investigation into the work, lifestyle and health realities of the industry.

Professor of Performance Science, Aaron Williamon, discussed musicians’ hearing and the tricky issue of noise regulations for workers for whom noise is their product.

Philip Turner, Senior Stage Manager of the English National Opera, shared valuable expertise and insights into the considerations of caring for performers, crew, and audience, and in supervising the work environment, both at the ENO in London, and on touring productions. Osteopath, Jennie Morton, presented on workplace hazards, drawing from her work as a performer (dance/theatre/singing).

Former professional oboist turned pioneering Performance Coach, Karen O’Connor, was joined by a singer and a double bassist to discuss novel applications of sport psychology for managing performance anxiety and developing mental toughness.

We also heard from professional performers about the ups and downs of their careers. Jungle Drummer, Chris Polglase, talked us through his career, from leaving music school in frustration at course requirements that he learn endless indie rock parts, to turning a hobby into a sustained professional career playing 180bpm drum & bass beats, alongside turntablists and musicians from a diverse spectrum of styles. Chris talked about the pressures of extensive touring, playing 5am gigs at clubs and festivals, studio sessions, and gradually learning self confidence and how to care for yourself.

Bringing a fascinating day to a close, David Sulkin, Chief Executive of the Musicians Benevolent Fund, interviewed two actors at very different stages of their careers – covering the stresses (physical, emotional and financial) and rewards of the profession.

We’d like to thank all the speakers, performers and attendees.  All agreed that first hand discussion with performing arts professionals proved especially valuable in providing perspective for those who seek to help care for their health and welfare. Thanks also to the Musicians’ Union for so generously providing the venue.

More information about our Training Days can be found here: BAPAM Training Days.

Dance Psychology Conference

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Beyond the body: Psychological tools for performance enhancement and wellbeing in dance

This event has been organised by Dance UK and the Royal Society of Medicine in response to calls from leading dance professionals for more support and information about performers’ psychological health. It will examine the psychological issues facing dancers and the dance sector, as well as the psychological skills needed to thrive.

Learn how and why mental training improves performance. Understand how perfectionism and injury can affect performance and well-being. Explore the psychology of career transition. Discover how to apply theory in practice in both dance environments and health contexts. Network with fellow dancers, teachers, managers and support staff.

Take a look here for more info: Dance UK Psychology Conference Flyer

DATE: Friday 29 November 2013

TIME: 9:30am – 9pm

VENUE: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham B5 4TB

TICKETS: £30 – £200

Book at www.rsm.ac.uk/academ/ree03.php or call 020 7713 0730 for further information.

Research: Professional Ballet Dancers’ Attitudes to Osteopathy

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Are you, or have you been a professional ballet dancer?

Have you been treated by an osteopath?

If so, would you be happy to be interviewed about it?

Toby Smith is a former professional ballet dancer, now training to be an osteopath, who is undertaking a research project exploring the attitudes and opinions of professional ballet dancers towards osteopathy.

Toby is currently recruiting participants for the project. Interviews will last 30-45 minutes, and take place at a time and place convenient to you.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Toby directly by email: toby.smith@bso.ac.uk

This project has been approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the The British School of Osteopathy.

The results of the project will be shared with BAPAM, and we’ll report back with a summary in the future.

Nutrition and Touring

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Nutrition and Touring

A new Business of Dance training session organised by DanceUK

When: Monday 8 April 2013, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, Wimpole Theatre,1 Wimpole Street,London,W1G 0AE

Nutrition and Touring is a new seminar aimed at company managers, artistic directors, rehearsal directors, touring dancers and dance science students and practitioners. It will feature the most up-to-date research and advice in healthy touring and nutrition for dancers. Share knowledge and learn from fellow dance professionals working in dance touring who strive to create healthy working environments in dance companies and theatres. Speakers are:
Mhairi Keil, Performance Nutritionist and Consultant with the English Institute of Sport
Jess Sayers, Company Manager, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
Erin Sanchez, Healthier Dancer Programme manager, DanceUK

Tickets £8 Dance UKmember, £18 non members – Buy tickets here at Dance UK’s online shop http://www.danceuk.org/shop/events/

Autogenic Training Course with Giovanna Reitano

Monday, December 17th, 2012

This course is provided independently by Giovanna Reitano, an AT practitioner with a background in the performing arts (music, drama and storytelling), and a member of the British Autogenic Society and the BAPAM Directory of Performing Arts Medicine Practitioners.

To find out more and for bookings, please contact Giovanna directly at autogenic-training@musarteandmore.com.

Enhancing Performance with Autogenic Training

Autogenic Training (AT) is a simple relaxation technique and alternative therapy which helps to reduce stress and stress-related conditions, enhance performance, and general well-being.

The seven weeks AT sessions/course helps to:

Bring the body and mind into a state of awake relaxation at will, for example also before or after a performance.

Reduce stress symptoms such as anxiety, stage fright, panic attacks, muscular and emotional tension, headaches and migraines, tiredness, sleeplessness.

Improve focus, concentration and creativity.

Enhance performance and self-esteem.

Develop a calmer attitude to stressful situations.

Venue: The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), Totara Park House, 4th Floor, 34–36 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8HR.

Cost: A course of 7 weekly sessions costs £185.