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NIDMS and Healthier Dancer Programme Conference 2015

Start date: 30 Oct 2015

Cost: Dance UK Members £35 / Non-Members £45

Time: 9.30am - 6.30pm

Venue: Elmhurst School for Dance, Bristol Road, Birmingham

Venue address: Elmhurst School for Dance, Bristol Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Company: Dance UK


Strength and Conditioning in Dance: Power, performance and rehabilitation

This Conference has been organised in response to calls from dancers, artistic directors and choreographers to revolutionise training and performance and improve dancers’ fitness and physical capacity using practices in elite and Olympic level sport. Dance as an art form is pushing both artistic and physiological boundaries. Throughout their training and careers, dancers must be prepared for the demands of many styles, choreographic voices and physical demands. You will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn how and why strength and conditioning training improves artistic and physical performance 
  • Understand how flexibility, power, strength and cardiovascular development fit into dance training 
  • Explore strength and conditioning for performance enhancement and rehabilitation from injury 
  • Discover how to apply theory in practice in both dance environments and health contexts
  • Network with fellow dancers, choreographers, teachers and support staff

This practical day for dancers, choreographers, healthcare professionals, teachers and coaches will feature dance classes and targeted training sessions from the leading specialists in conditioning for dancers, professional sportspeople and Olympic athletes. Delegates will learn valuable tools for integrating training and rest to optimise performance and return from injury.  Speakers at this practical day include West End, independent and company dancers, educators, coaches and researchers, including:

  • Dr Benjamin Rosenblatt, Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach GB Hockey and English Institute of Sport
  • Nick Grantham, Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Glenn Wilkinson, West End dancer, UK Associate Choreographer for Dirty Dancing
  • Johannes “Hatsolo” Hattunen, Break dancer and coach, FlowMo Crew, Finland
  • Khyle Eccles, Independent dance artist / Strength and conditioning specialist for dance
  • Prof Matthew Wyon, Course Leader MSc Dance Science, University of Wolverhampton
  • Elisa Withers, Physiotherapist and Co-founder of the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI)
  • Sonia Rafferty, Senior Lecturer, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • Greg Retter, Clinical Director, Ballet Healthcare, The Royal Ballet

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