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27 September 2011

Caroline Miller, Director of Dance UK announces exciting future developments for the organisation and its members

In August, the ISTD was invited to attend Dance UK’s summer party at The Urdang in London for a chance to network with other dance professionals, discuss future developments and take part in a Cha Cha Cha workshop. In between dancing and eating, Director Caroline Miller explained the big plans Dance UK is working on.

  • Launch of National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science in 2012: Thanks to donations from individuals working in dance and major donations from the Jerwood Charitable Trust, Harlequin, Trinity College London and Society of London Theatre, Dance UK has raised £120,000 towards the creation of the first National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science. This project will tackle the lack of affordable, appropriate, speedy healthcare for dancers. Helen Laws, Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme Manager, along with the other partner organisations, (Trinity Laban, University of Wolverhampton, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries, University of Birmingham and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital) have designed a way to start phase one of the setting up the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science with the funds Dance UK has raised so far. 
  • The initiative will begin in 2012 with a specialist dance service offered in London at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital followed by one in Birmingham. Essential longitudinal epidemiological research is also being planned. This will mark a huge step forward for dancers’ healthcare in the UK and will be a positive step towards embedding appropriate, specialist healthcare for dancers within the National Health Service. This project has the potential to transform the health support for not only today’s dancers, but also for future generations. 
  • The initial bases in London and Birmingham are just the beginning. Dance UK is continuing to fundraise to achieve health support for dancers in locations across the UK and for funds for much needed research. This is a long-term project that requires sustained fundraising efforts. If you would like to donate towards this project you can call Helen at Dance UK on +44 (0)20 7713 0730.
  • Dance UK is updating the book Look Before You Leap: The Advice and Rights Guide for Choreographers. To reserve your copy email caroline@danceuk.org
  • Dance UK is planning a business skills training course for dance managers and self-managed dance professionals – the course will be one evening a month over eight months – so people can build it into their work schedules starting in the New Year.
  • Dance UK is now administrating the Rudolf Nureyev Medical Foundation’s website, www.nureyev-medical.org. Dance UK continues to run the Medical Practitioners’ Register, a free database of UK medical practitioners and complementary therapists with experience of working with dancers, www.danceuk.org
  • Dance UK is starting to plan for an entire dance sector conference in 2015. This has never been attempted before. Dance UK will work with members and partner organisations in Britain and Europe to organise a two day event which will respond to concerns from every area of the dance sector, including teaching, and bring dance professionals of all backgrounds together. 
  • Finally, 2012 is Dance UK’s 30th birthday! To celebrate Dance UK is collecting and publishing the memories of members talking about key moments in Dance UK’s history. If you have a story you would like to share please contact caroline@danceuk.org


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