Dance UK Information Sheets

These are two or four sided illustrated information sheets covering key topics. They are written by specialists and all health related ones are checked by the Medical and Physiotherapy Advisory Committees that advise the HDP programme. 

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Utilising Available Space

Charlotte Tomlinson, 2014

Summary: Injuries happen! In fact, 80% of dancers become injured at some point in their careers. 65% of these injuries are from body overuse, however, 35% are from accidents. This sheet looks into the safe and effective use of space for dancers.

Date Published: 2014 
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Pregnancy and the Dancer

Francesca McCoid, 2007
Updated by Sue Harris and Rachel Rafiefar, 2013

Summary: What you need to know about dancing during and post pregnancy. Dancer specific information to supplement the general information given to women when pregnant.

Date Published: 2007, updated 2013
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Fluids for Dancers

Zerlina Mastin, 2014

Summary: Sweating may be an inconvenience but there are very good reasons why you sweat which will be explained in this information sheet.

Date Published: 2014
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What is Core Stability?

Warrick McNeill, 1999
Updated by Leon Stephens and Druanne Roberts, 2012

Summary: 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. 

Date Published: 1999, updated 2012
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Dancers' Physiotherapy Questions Answered

Dance UK’s Physiotherapy Advisory Group. 
Updated by Nicola Stephens and Anna Brodrick, 2012

Date Published: updated 2012
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Copyright for Dancers

Madeline Hutchins, 2002
Update by Irving David, 2014

Summary: 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. 

Date Published: 2002, reviewed and reprinted 2009, updated 2014
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Finding a Medical or Complementary Health Practitioner

Helen Laws, 2012

Summary: 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

Date Published: 1997, revised in 1998, 2001, 2003, 2012

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Dancer's First Aid Box

Dr Barry Grimaldi, 1997
Updated by Nicola Stephens and Anna Brodrick, 2013

Summary: This information is for use only in the case of minor injuries/illnesses. Any doubts, send the patient to casuality. Remember, dancers' injuries usually need special attention.

Date Published: 1997, reviewed and reprinted 2003 , updated 2013

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A Basic Guide to Pensions (Out of Print)

Sian Alexander, 1998

Summary: State support for retirement is dwindling and every one of us needs to change the way we think about the money we earn. It needs to provide for us now, and help support us when we're older.

Date Published: 1998 

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Temporarily out of print.
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Warming Up and Cooling Down

Helen Laws, Caroline Marsh and Professor Matthew Wyon, 2006

Summary: Why dancers need to warm up and cool down and the most effective way to do so. Includes the physiological basics and information on safe stretching..

Date Published: 2006, updated 2012

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A Basic Guide to Insurance

Robert Israel, 2014

Summary: This sheet is designed as an aid for those who have little experience in obtaining insurance and to whom the area seems a veritable minefield.

Date Published: updated 2014

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Dance Floors

Edited by Niamh Morrin, Healthier Dancer Programme Manager, Dance UK, 2013. With special thanks to: Bob Dagger (Chairman and Founder of Harlequin Floors), Dr Luke Hopper, Dr Boni Rietfeld and Mark Foley.

Summary: This information sheet outlines key factors relating to dance floors.

Date Published: 2013

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Care of the Instrument

Professor Matthew Wyon, 2013

Summary: Metaphors have been used in the teaching of dance throughout the ages. It is acceptable in some areas of the dance profession to refer to the body as the instrument of the dancer.

Date Published: 2013

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Metamorphosis of a Dancer

Tony Geeves, 1990

Summary: Some reflections and guidelines on the painful transition that comes to all of us whose working role in society has become our identity.

Date Published: 1990
Cost: This information sheet is currently available only as photostat copy. It is therefore free to members and non-members.

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Currently being updated. 

Are you an Employee, Self-Employed or a Worker

Alyson McMorran, Goodman Jones LLP, 2014

Summary: An information sheet to help you through the maze of employment issues

Date Published: 2014

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Myths and Facts about Dance and the Body

Professor Matthew Wyon 2013

Summary: This information sheet was produced by the Arthritis Foundation of Victoria and has been published by Ausdance

Date Published: 1994, reviewed and reprinted 2003, updated 2013

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How to Have Healthy Bones

Valerie Sayce
Updated by Dr Roger Wolman, 2012

Summary: Simple information on how to avoid osteoporosis

Date Published: 1994, reviewed and reprinted 2003, updated 2012 

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Nutrition for Dancers

Jasmine Challis

Summary: As a dancer, to perform at your best you need to have the right amount of 'fuel' on board for classes, rehearsals and performances. A healthy diet will optimise your energy stores, enable you to train effectively and allow your immune system to fight off infections and illnesses as well as help you recover from injury.

Date Published: 2003, reviewed and reprinted 2009, updated 2014

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Muscle Imbalance

Kim Hutt, 2014

Summary: Muscle imbalance is a complex concept that affects most, if not all, dancers to a greater or lesser extent.

Date Published: 2014

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'Burnout' in Dance

Professor Yiannis Koutedakis
Updated by Professor Matthew Wyon, 2014

Summary: 'Burnout' in Dance

Date Published: 2000, reviewed and reprinted 2009, updated 2014

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