On November 29 stars from the dance and football worlds and Trinity Laban's Dr Emma Redding joined Dance UK members to announce a major £30,000 donation by British Harlequin plc towards the creation of the UK's first National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science.
This major initiative has been created by an innovative partnership of Dance UK, Trinity Laban, University of Wolverhampton and the Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries at Birmingham Royal Ballet, with advice from the British Olympic Medical Institute.
The vision for the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science is that all top level dancers will have access to the high quality, comprehensive, dance specific healthcare and dance science support services they need, on a par with those enjoyed by elite athletes and dancers in the largest ballet companies. It is envisaged that this could be achieved through shared expertise and a network of multidisciplinary hub-sites which will collectively form a National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science.
During the event - held at the Royal Society of Medicine - Trinity Laban Head of Dance Science Dr Emma Redding led a discussion between acclaimed Rambert Dance Company dancer, Angela Towler, Kate Prince, Artistic Director of ZooNation, and Camilla Dallerup, TV presenter and 2008 Strictly Come Dancing champion, who talked about their experiences of injury and how they were affected physically and psychologically.
Camilla Dallerup says: "As a professional dancer I've learnt that having regular access to a specialist who understands the demands on a dancers' body is absolutely essential to help prevent serious injury and has undoubtedly prolonged my performing career. I wholeheartedly support this project which will give similar support to all dancers who work so hard to entertain and recognizes them as the elite athletes they are."
The £30,000 donation from British Harlequin plc is another major step towards the creation of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science and follows the first £80,000 pledge from Jerwood Charitable Foundation two years ago and £1,000 donation from the Theatrical Management Association and the Society of London Theatres.
The Evening Standard and londondance.com covered the event.