The National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science has six nationwide partners that form the core of the Institute; these are Birmingham Royal Ballet, One Dance UK, The Royal Ballet, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, University of Birmingham and University of Wolverhampton (click on their names to be directed to their websites for more information):
Original NIDMS Partner Dance UK, now part of One Dance UK, was formed in 1982. Tn April 2016 it merged with The National Dance Teacher's Association, the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora and Youth Dance England to create One Dance UK - the national body for dance. On behalf of its members and the dance sector, it champions healthier dancers and a healthier dance economy; develops and facilitates professional networks; nurtures career development; provides information and guidance for the public and professionals; advocates and lobbies to relieve poverty amongst dancers and their dependants. One Dance UK is the lead advocacy and lobbying body representing the dance industry to government and to funding bodies in all its diverse
and dynamic forms. One Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme (HDP) is a worldwide leader in the promotion of dancers’ health and well-being. Since 1990 it has undertaken a programme of awareness-raising and education for all those involved in dance, from grass roots to elite, providing information and advice and undertaking and facilitating research that leads to a better understanding of the relationship between dance, health, performance and the prevention of dance injuries. One Dance UK's HDP has been the driving force in bringing together the partners to establish the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science and delivers a substantial proportion of the NIDMS educational programme. The HDP led on fundraising efforts to enable Phase One to open in 2012. One Dance UK is the administrative base for NIDMS, employing the Manager of the National Institute.
Helen Laws has worked for Dance UK, One Dance UK and its Healthier Dancer Programme since 1998, managing the HDP since 2001 and shaping the programme’s work in response to the needs of the dance sector. She led on bringing together the UK’s leaders in dance medicine and science to form the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, and was appointed its manager in 2012. She is the author of Fit to Dance 2 – The report of the second national inquiry into dancers’ health and injury in the UK. Helen served on various committees for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science since 2001 and was a member of the IADMS board 2005-2013.
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s commitment to dancers’ healthcare and well-being is well recognized through its investment in its unique and state of the art in-house dance medicine facility, The Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries. With a comprehensive multidisciplinary team it has set a standard for dance healthcare provision in the UK. It provides services to dancers from outside the Company as well as athletes from a number of Olympic and professional sporting bodies, and will continue to do so under the NIDMS. Birmingham Royal Ballet has demonstrated an on-going commitment to enhancing the understanding of dance injuries through research. In partnership with Prof Matt Wyon, University of Wolverhampton, and Dr John Brooks, Injury Analyst from England Rugby RFU, it has developed an extensive injury audit tool that will inform the basis of the National Epidemiological Study with the NIDMS.
Nick Allen has been the Clinical Director of the Jerwood Centre since 2006 and is the Birmingham Royal Ballet Company’s representative on the NIDMS Steering Committee. Prior to joining Birmingham Royal Ballet Company he was Head of Medical Services for a Premiership Rugby Club. He acts as an external consultant to a number of professional and Olympic sporting bodies. He holds a post-graduate degree in Sports Medicine and conducted his Doctoral research into the Epidemiology of Dance Injuries. He is a guest lecturer in dance medicine for two post-graduate degrees’ in Sports Medicine.
The Royal Ballet was founded in 1931 and awarded its Royal Charter in 1956. It is the largest classical ballet company in the UK and is celebrated worldwide for its exceptional standards of artistry and creativity and the innovative mix of its repertory drawn from an illustrious heritage and compelling canon of new work.
The Mason Healthcare Suite was opened at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in the summer of 2013. Named in honour of The Royal Ballet’s former Director, Dame Monica Mason, its vision is to be a world-pioneering, interdisciplinary healthcare team, providing a holistic service in a dancer-focussed, performance-led environment.
Headed by Clinical Director, Greg Retter, the team comprises 18 staff across a number of disciplines including physiotherapy, sports medicine, Pilates, Gyrotonic, sports science, psychology, nutrition, ballet rehabilitation and soft tissue therapy. The Royal Ballet has also recently entered into a partnership with St Mary’s University in Twickenham, London, to provide in-house strength and conditioning personnel and to continue to develop and progress the area of ‘Dance Science’.
The Clinical Director will represent The Royal Ballet with NIDMS and will leverage the broad range of skill and experience from within The Royal Ballet’s healthcare team to support and progress the aims of NIDMS.
Trinity Laban is one of Europe’s leading vocational dance conservatoires and is internationally known for its research, education and support in dance science and medicine. Trinity Laban houses a large Pilates Studio, Injury Clinic and Dance Science Laboratory. It already welcomes professional dancers and athletes from outside the conservatoire providing research-informed injury prevention screening, treatment and consultancy and will continue to do so under the NIDMS. Trinity Laban has undertaken government funded research into talent development in dance as well as the impact of dance on the health and well-being of various other populations and it one of the few conservatoires to have begun its own epidemiological research into its dancers' injuries. Trinity Laban established the world’s first Masters programme in Dance Science led by Dr Emma Redding.
Dr Emma Redding originally trained as a dancer and performed with the company Tranz Dance, Hungary and for Rosalind Newman, Hong Kong. She teaches contemporary dance technique at Trinity Laban and lectures in physiology alongside her management and research work in dance science. Dr Redding's research has included investigations into injury incidence and prevention, interdisciplinary screening programmes, pedagogical considerations in technique class, and the physiological requirements of training and performance. Dr Redding was President of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) 2011-2013.
The University of Birmingham has a strong dance and sports psychology research culture headed by Professor Joan Duda. Joan Duda is a Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at The University of Birmingham. She is internationally known for her expertise on motivational processes and determinants of adherence and optimal functioning within physical activities as well as the psychological and emotional dimensions of sport, exercise, and dance. Professor Duda also has extensive experience providing psychological support to dancers at all levels and within numerous genres. The University of Birmingham is the UK’s top institution for Sport and Exercise Science and may be considered the hub of dance psychology research within the UK. The University of Birmingham contributes dance psychology expertise to the applied and research endeavours of the NIDMS. Experts from the School of Sport Sciences (along with Professor Duda, Dr. Eleanor Quested, Dr. Jennifer Cumming, Dr. Charlotte Woodcock) and School of Psychology (Professor Alan Wing) will initially be involved in these efforts and other University of Birmingham researchers are expected to join this important endeavour. Joan Duda is the University of Birmingham's representative on the NIDMS Steering Committee.
The University of Wolverhampton is one of the world’s leading dance science and medicine research establishments. Under the direction of Prof Matthew Wyon and Prof Yiannis Koutedakis, research at Wolverhampton has been at the forefront of dance medicine and science since 2000. It has a strong culture of post-graduate provision offering an MSc Dance Science and research degrees in dance science and medicine. It has over 650sqm of laboratory space with a wide range of diagnostic and interventional equipment. The University of Wolverhampton already has strong working and research relationships with numerous dance institutions in the UK, Europe and the Americas. The University of Wolverhampton contributes dance science expertise to the applied and research endeavours of the NIDMS with particular expertise in physiology.
Matthew Wyon is a Professor in Dance Science at the University of Wolverhampton, UK and a visiting professor at HAN University, The Netherlands. At Wolverhampton he is the course leader for the MSc in Dance Science and Director of Studies for a number of dance science and medicine doctoral students. He is the chair of the IADMS Research Committee and sits on the Medical Advisory Committee of Dance UK and the IADMS Board. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (NSCA) and is the exercise physiologist for the Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Ballet. He is the University of Wolverhampton's representative on the NIDMS Steering Committee.
The clinical partners are integral in the establishment of further NHS dance injury clinics and support the ongoing work and mission of the NIDMS partners.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is recognised as one of the leading teaching hospitals in Europe and has an international reputation for quality of care, clinical training and research. The hospital is run by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) and delivers care in the UK’s newest and largest single site hospital.
UHB provides direct clinical services to over 800,000 patients every year, serving a regional, national and international population. It provides care across the full range of clinical specialities and has forged relationships with hospitals in many different countries to provide training and share clinical expertise.
A dance injury clinic is delivered within the hospital’s Sport and Exercise Medicine Service, led by Locum Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Dr Kim Gregory and Consultant Physiotherapist, Emma Batchelor.
The Royal United Hospital Bath has one of the longest running Sports Injuries Clinics in the Country. In conjunction with NIDMS and the Dance Again Foundation, this service will now provide multidisciplinary and expert care for the treatment and rehabilitation of dance injuries. This service will enable dancers in the South West of England to receive expert care within the NHS. The experienced multidisciplinary team have worked together for many years in the treatment of Sports Injuries. The team includes Dr Julian Widdowson, a Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine and founder of the Dance Again Foundation; Dr Tim Jenkinson, Consultant Rheumatologist at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases; Dr Kevin Gruffydd-Jones, a General Practitioner with a specialist interest in Sports Injuries; and Mr Tristan Barton, an Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal United Hospital, with a specialist interest in Foot and Ankle Surgery and Sports Injuries to the lower limb. In addition, we have gait assessment and orthotic provision provided by a trained podiatrist, and physiotherapy treatment provided by Nick Cleverton. Nick has a specialist interest in the treatment of dance injuries and was himself a dancer with Scottish Ballet.
The Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, part of Queen Mary, University of London, runs the oldest Sport and Exercise Medicine course in the UK. Both M.Sc, and intercalated B.Sc degrees are offered here, and leading figures in the field of SEM and allied subjects lecture on these courses. This includes modules on dance medicine led by Dr Manuela Angioi who sits on the research committee of International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and has published numerousstudies in the field of MSK injury and physical fitness of professional and pre professional dancers.
There is an extensive multi-disciplinary team that supports the NHS clinic that is held at Mile End Hospital, with under- and post-grad students taking an active part in patient care. Both the Royal London and Newham Hospitals are part of a direct referral system to this clinic for acute dance injuries (less than 72 hours old) and dancers are seen and assessed by a highly experienced medical team including Dr Ian Beasley, Dr Nikos Malliaropoulos, and Dr Ritan Mehta, who are all well versed in dealing with performers at all levels. This setting is also the basis of the clinical teaching taking place at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine.
The screening partners provide the Musculoskeletal and fitness screening aspect of the Performance Optimisation Package, offered in partnership with One Dance UK. Screenings are also offer at NIDMS partners Birmingham Royal Ballet, University of Wolverhampton and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading research universities, ranked fourth in the UK for research power. Today, it is becoming increasingly important to the holistic nature and global development of all Dance performance and training that there are professionals within dance science and education that are appropriately resourced, challenged and inspired to take on their own frontiers and develop new ones. In 2009, The University of Edinburgh launched the first postgraduate degree MSc in Dance Science and Education in Scotland and in 2015, an optional accredited teaching pathway (QTs) was added to this degree. The principal aim of this Master's programme is to provide a foundation in science that can underpin all forms of dance training and educate the development of dance as an art form. The programme has been carefully developed to focus on the scientific that is directly relevant to the process and practices involved in optimising: dance training, dance education and dance performance. Wendy Timmons is the director of the MSc Dance Science and Education programme and is a classical ballet teacher; her research focuses on hypermobility within the dance environment and injury prevention. Wendy sits on the editorial board for the Research in Dance Education journal and is vice chair for the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland. Mark Pace, is a Teaching Fellow on the MSc Dance Science and Education programme and a former professional soloist dancer with Australian Ballet, Bejart Ballet, Bayerisher Staatsballett and Ballet de l’Opera National Ballet du Rhin.
TAYLOR PHYSIOTHERAPY (Screening centre launched March 2018)
Bill Taylor has been a member of One Dance’s Healthier Dancer advisory panel for over ten years and delivers lectures and workshops for MSc Dance Science and Education programme at the University of Edinburgh. Bill has been working in Scotland for over twenty years with a wide range of dancers and dance companies both nationally and internationally. Bill Taylor is consultant physiotherapist at Scottish Ballet and Bill and his colleague, Stewart Scott, provide support for the company at Tramway in Glasgow. Bill and Stewart have also worked with Scotland’s contemporary dance company, Scottish Dance Theatre, for the past fifteen years providing physiotherapy support for the dancers. Taylor physiotherapy work closely with Dance Base, the National Centre for Dance in Edinburgh and many of the dance and performing arts colleges in Scotland. Each year Taylor physiotherapy provide valuable support for a wide range of freelance dancers, circus performers, aerialists and physical theatre artists during the festival period, they have also supported a long list of West End touring companies when they visit Scotland.
Safe in Dance International (SiDI) was formed in 2013 by Maggie Morris and Matthew Tomkinson when IADMS invited the company to lead and manage the international healthy dance practice initiative. SiDI initially worked in agreement with the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) on the Healthy Dance Practice Certificate aiming to further IADMS' mission to “enhance the health, well-being, training and performance of dance by cultivating educational, medical and scientific excellence”. The Healthy Dance Practice Certificate is an independent venture under Safe in Dance International (SiDI). The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) supports the principles underlying this certificate.
SiDI believes that it is the right of everyone involved in dance to study, rehearse, train, perform and teach in a safe and supportive environment. Safe in Dance International's aim is to support, develop, encourage and endorse the implementation of Healthy Dance Practice world-wide.
In October 2014 SiDI signed an agreement with the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) to work together to promote healthy dance practice through their respective educational programmes.