Mind the Gap: Train Smart, Improve Performance

Thursday 11 May, 2017

Anthony 'AJ-47' Jackson - Soul Mavericks Crew (UK), photo Anthony Jackson.

Presented in partnership with Stratford Circus Arts Centre and East London Dance, One Dance UK’s first Healthier Dance Programme conference for 2017 will focus on healthy training practices for highly physical performances, such as those in hip hop styles and will bring together artists and healthcare specialists to share a wealth of knowledge and practical experience.

For the first time, the conference will have two parallel strands; one focused on practical recommendations for artists and performers (the workshop route) and one for experienced researchers and healthcare professionals, focusing on clinical issues and previous research in these styles (the conference route).

The conference will feature practical sessions led by world-class performers and movement specialists, sharing the most recent scientific approaches to conditioning and preparation, including building strength and power, improving posture and alignment, and managing spine and shoulder injuries. Some of the UK’s top performers will showcase their work and then discuss how cutting edge training and conditioning can boost their performance.

All delegates will be invited to attend the morning programme, which will feature a keynote lecture and a world café, which provides an open forum to discuss ideas and challenges, share practice across healthcare and artistic fields, prompted by provocations from world-leading practitioners. After lunch we will then divide into two strands. The practical workshop route is designed with the specific needs of artists, performers, choreographers, and teachers in mind, whereas the conference route allows researchers and healthcare specialists to delve deeper into the existing knowledge and challenges for furthering knowledge in this area.

Workshop route

These sessions after lunch will be practical workshops aimed at dancers, performers, teachers and choreographers. Multiple parallel sessions will be on offer; giving delegates the ability to select which workshops they wish to attend. Full day, workshop route, delegates will be able to choose a maximum of three workshops to attend, while single workshop tickets are also available for purchase. All delegates are welcome to also attend morning conference content. Performers, teachers and choreographers will move and actively practice, as well as gain specific advice for their disciplines to apply back into their own training. (N.B. Please wear suitable clothes to dance in.)

Conference route

These sessions after lunch are aimed at healthcare practitioners and researchers. This section of the conference will begin with an introduction into the current research and knowledge available in healthcare needs of hip-hop artists, as well as other physically demanding styles. Following this opening, healthcare practitioners will present clinical case studies, comprehensively sharing their patient’s journey and outlining specific considerations for these performers, and researchers will give in-depth presentations on current research projects. This section of the conference will conclude with a networking session and activities to encourage collaboration and new ideas for future research and healthcare approaches.

See the full schedule here

Single workshops £15 or full price, full day tickets from £42 with discounts available for students and One Dance UK members.

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Mind the Gap: Train Smart, Improve PerformanceOne Dance UK Healthier Dancer Programme Conference

DateThursday 11 May, 2017

Time9:30am - 6pm

Location Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Theatre Square
E15 1BX

£15 – single workshop
£42 – full day workshop route
Discounts available for students and One Dance UK members.

Online: Eventbrite

Mind the Gap: Train Smart, Improve Performance is presented by One Dance UK in partnership with Stratford Circus Arts Centre and East London Dance.


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