Healthier Dancer Programme
The Healthier Dancer Programme (HDP) is a founding partner in the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS). Through One Dance UK’s role as the sector support organisation for dance, the Healthier Dancer Programme (HDP) advocates and provides education to support dancers’ performance enhancement and physical, psychological, and social health. Advocacy to government, employers, and other stakeholders includes advocacy campaigns, establishment of industry standards, and providing a forum for a strong, united voice for dancers. Education includes a range of online and downloadable resources and publications, educational workshops and talks, and annual conferences and networking events focussed on safe dance practice, dancers’ health, and dance medicine and science.
We aim to provide:
- Resources: advice and information on health, fitness and injury prevention for dancers, both for recreational dancers and for those in vocational training and working professionally. Resources available include: recipes, reports from our previous HDP events and conferences, and Health FAQ’s.
- Healthier Dancer Talks: lectures and workshops for dancers and dance teachers, which are delivered by our HDP Managers.
- Health Events and Conferences: annual events for dance professionals, dance medicine and healthcare practitioners and scientists – promoting in-depth, shared understanding of healthier dance practice.
- Healthcare Practitioners Directory: a UK wide database of medical practitioners and complementary therapists with experience of working with dancers.
- Research: facilitating research into dancers’ health, injury and performance. Working with experts in medicine, science, health and dance to improve and develop our understanding of healthy dance practice and set standards for the dance sector.
- Ask Ava: for personalised advice related to dancers’ health and fitness or dance medicine and science that isn’t covered on our web pages, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your question to the Healthier Dancer Programme’s Agony Aunt. Please note: we endeavour to answer your questions in the shortest time frame possible and within 7 days.
Disclaimer: Answers provided by ‘Ask Ava’ and on our Health FAQ resource pages are intended for information purposes only, and do not in any way constitute therapy or professional services. Please consult a medical or health professional for diagnosis and treatment of specific injuries or health problems. Where further information and resources are cited, One Dance UK holds no responsibility for the content of third party resources.
National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science
The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS), launched in 2012, works with a network of multidisciplinary partners to provide better and more affordable access for all dancers to high quality, evidence-based, dance specific health care and dance science support services.
To date, we have successfully implemented three dance injury clinics within the NHS, which are freely accessible to dance professionals through GP referral. These are based at:
- Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), London
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB)
- Royal United Hospital (RUH), Bath
“To develop, implement, and disseminate scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice centred on the promotion and optimisation of health, well-being, and performance in dance”.
The mission is delivered via three programmes:
- Basic research (looking at cause-effect relationships, mechanisms) and applied research (examining efficacy and effectiveness of interventions)
- Physiological/metabolic, biomechanical, psychological (including motor learning/control, perception-action, and psychoneurological perspectives), sociological, and pedagogical research
- Multi-disciplinary (including physiotherapy, physiological, psychological, nutritional elements etc.)
- Centred on the prevention (via screening and training techniques) and treatment of injuries and addresses compromised mental/emotional health and diminished performance
- Disseminating state-of-the-art information to dancers, teachers/instructors, artistic directors, choreographers, etc.
- Developing educational/training programmes and professional development opportunities for current and future researchers and practitioners
Visit the NIDMS website to find out more about these programmes, including guidance on GP referral to the dance injury clinics.