Dancing Wellness – the role of dance in lifelong healthy living

“Take off your specialist hat and put on your dancing shoes”

That’s the invitation for a two-day sharing that Human Kinetics is supporting to be held Friday 2 December (Sadler’s Wells) and Saturday 3 December (Rambert).  Come along and discover different perspectives on dance for creative wellness from the UK and across Europe – inspiration for dancers, teachers as well as therapists, practitioners, trainers, carers, health care providers and those interested in integrating dance and creativity into wellbeing and preventative health practice. Presented by the European Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation hosted by Sadler’s Wells and Rambert.  Tickets are now on sale and available from £ 55. Continue reading “Dancing Wellness – the role of dance in lifelong healthy living”

Dancers warn against en pointe for young children

Dancers have issued a warning about the dangers of pressurising young ballerinas into going en pointe too soon.

Performers from the Royal Ballet, Washington Ballet and Staatsballet Berlin have joined forces to call on parents not to push their children into starting pointe work too soon.

The plea comes after the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) received several complaints from parents, whose children weren’t dancing en pointe at the same age as their peers. The organisation stressed that starting earlier doesn’t signal a “better dancer”.

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Introducing One Dance UK

A new dance industry body has launched with the aim of creating a “single more powerful voice for dance” in the UK.

The body, called One Dance UK, is the result of a merger between Dance UK, the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, the National Dance Teachers Association and Youth Dance England and will officially start in April 2016.

One Dance UK has revealed several key programmes for its first three years, including significant investment in development schemes for teachers and dancers, and a national conference for choreographers in 2016.

The new organisation has been created to provide a “one stop shop” for support services for the dance sector and is aimed at professional dancers, choreographers, companies and producers as well as young people, teachers and training institutions.

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Public Scholarship in Dance

This book is aimed at dance teachers and students seeking to engage in public scholarship in dance and wanting to ensure their work receives the attention it deserves. It provides examples of what others have done and makes suggestions for ways dance teachers can evaluate their own projects or work for scholarship. Complete with research, teaching, performance, assessments and dissemination tools, it is a total package that supports dance teachers in their professional development through public scholarship and community engagement. Public Scholarship in Dance will inspire dance teachers and arm them with the necessary tools to incorporate community engagement into … Continue reading Public Scholarship in Dance