We actively advocate advances in dance medicine and science

Recommending your services to dancers 

The Healthier Dancer Programme brings dance medicine and science specialists directly to the dancers who need them through the Medical Practitioners Directory. This is a searchable list of practitioners who have worked with dancers before. To join the directory or to recommend someone hereclick or call Helen Laws on 020 7713 0730.

Campaigning to establish the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science

Dance UK has set up a partnership with leading dance medics and scientists at the British Olympic Medical Institute, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, the University of Wolverhampton and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s (BRB) Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries in order to take the next major step forward in improving dancers’ health, fitness and injury prevention.

Our vision for the future is that all top level dancers will have access to the high quality, comprehensive, dance specific healthcare and dance science support services they need, on a par with those enjoyed by elite athletes and dancers in the largest ballet companies. To find out more about the National Institute click here, and to find out about the NHS dance injury clinic click here.

Supporting research in dance medicine and science

The Healthier Dancer Programme supports and encourages research in the field. You can look for upcoming research opportunities and if you are currenlty researching a topic do let us know. We also publish editorial about current research in our section and advertise key conferences and events in the HDP events and conferencessection of this webiste. You will also find reports and papers from key past events here.Email Helen for more information helen@danceuk.org.

We also strongly support companies undertaking in-house research and provide some guidance here.

Advised by top quality professionals

The activities of the Healthier Dancer Programme are guided by two committees made up of dance medicine and science experts. The Medical Advisory Committee and the Physiotherapy Advisory Group. They ensure that we give you information that you can rely on. To see the members of these committees click here.

Industry publication Dance UK News

Our quarterly publication Dance UK News gives you diverse viewpoints on current hot topics in dance. The designated Healthier Dancer Programme section publishes the latest news, ideas and research which underpin the Healthier Dancer Programme's work with the sector to improve dancers' health, fitness, well-being and performance and to prevent injury.

Dance UK News is free to members and corporate members can receive up to 25 copies. Back issues, when available, are issued to members on request. Non-members interested in purchasing back issues of Dance UK should contact the Dance UK office 020 7713 0730 or email info@danceuk.org.

Taking your views to the top

We take your views on dance directly to government through our targeted advocacy campaigns such as  www.DanceVote2010.com and Dancing On Parliament. We also help any of our members who want to make first hand contact with their local MP to talk about provision for dance in their area. To find out more about our campaigning activity, the Dance Manifesto and the All Party Parliamentary Dance Group click  here.

Dancers share their experience of dance injury in a series of online videos

Watch a panel discussion on dance injury and prevention here. Speakers include Dr Emma Redding (dancer and Head of Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) Rambert Dance Company dancer, Angela Towler, Kate Prince, Artistic Director of ZooNation, and Camilla Dallerup, TV presenter and 2008 Strictly Come Dancing champion. This talk took place at the Dance UK Annual General Meeting at The Royal Society of Medicine in November 2010.

Camilla Dallerup, TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star, speaks out for youth dance and health in new documentary

'You can see from these brilliant examples that it is really it is really important that we continue to fund youth dance and health work. If we work together can play a role in securing a healthier and happier future for young people in England.' Camilla Dallerup

Produced by Hampshire Dance and Youth Dance England, this short documentary considers the impact of dance on the health of young people by visiting a number of successful dance and health projects, such as DAZL in Leeds, DanceXchange in Birmingham, the NRG projects from Hampshire Dance and Trinity Laban and the Dance South West/ Department of Health partnership.

Further info at: www.hampshiredance.org.uk and