News for Spring 2016

Claudia Maybury with Celia at Tring Park

Dance Again presents the winner of the Choreography - Peoples Choice Award at Tring Park

The winner this year was Claudia Maybury who wowed the audience with her hilarious piece 'Lads on Tour'. I am sure she has a great career ahead. Here are a few words of introduction from Claudia:

"I am in my 3rd year, soon to be graduating from Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. I am interested mainly in commercial dance however I have always been interested in choreography. I created the piece 'Lads On Tour' for our 3rd Year Grad Show which was set in an airport. The piece is a play on a classic Lads Holiday and the stereotypical characters involved. It is based around the idea of each boy attempting to catch the attention of a beautiful and seductive girl, convincingly played by Victoria Gutsul. The 'Lads', actually played by girls, were Samantha Guest-Guinnea, Molly Smith, Chloe Goodliffe and myself".

Many congratulations to Claudia and her dancers from all at Dance Again Foundation.

Previous winners of this award are: Jaih Betote and Nina Falconer.

Jenny Fitzpatrick and Celia after their Showcase performance

MOVE IT! 2016

We were delighted to spend three extremely busy days at MOVE IT! at the ExCel centre London this year. Our aim was to let dancers and dance teachers know that there is help available out there should they become injured. To highlight that much of this specialist help is available via the NHS and therefore FREE to the dancer, we gave more than 120 hands-on treatments at the stand, including free mini massages of leg and foot plus physio and sport/dance medicine advice.

We used our slot in the Showcase Theatre to get our information out to an additional audience. Our performance took the form of an informal conversation with was the lovely compere Dean McCullough with two dancers who have benefitted from Dance Again, each with very different experiences of injury. 

We also presented the trophy for the winner of the Freestyle Competition each day. Congratulations to all three winners Kate, Lars the Fox and Charlie.  Hopefully emerging dancers having heard the short speech will associate Dance Again Foundation with positive help for dancers. 

 

Vitality Bath Half Marathon 2016 - Runners Success!

Well done to all our fabulous runners in Sundays Bath Half. Everyone did really well despite it being quite hot and sunny.  Here you can see the team before the run, looking excited and a little nervous. Florence and Tony had already set off for the start line.

 

Here is Victoria stretching out after her run and George having his legs massaged back to life. You can see the massive effort etched into his face.

 

News for January 2016

Calling all Runners!

BATH HALF MARATHON

Our next fundraising event is the Vitality Bath Half Marathon on March 13th set in the historic, and mercifully flat streets around Bath. Every year our valiant runners and supporters have raised around £2000 which goes directly to our work in enabling dancers to access expert sport and dance medicine and treatment. 

We have a few places left now that public entry has closed and we would love to hear from anybody who would like to run for us this year. On average runners each raise around £250. We can promote your fundraising page, give training advice and of course on the day we will be there to cheer you on and massage your poor legs back to life after the race!

For more information and a friendly chat please call Celia 07811958974 or email celia@danceagain.org

 

MOVE IT! 

We are delighted to be presenting the Freestyle Trophy for each days winner at the MOVE IT! Show at the Excel Centre, London 18th, 19th and 20th March 2016. Our aim is to raise awareness of Dance Again amongst the new generation of dancers with our teenage friendly Love Your Legs campaign at our stall with free massage, showcase interviews with dancers we have helped and daily trophy presenation speeches. 

Please put these dates in your diaries and we hope to see you there!

Winter Update 2015

Wishing everybody a very happy festive season!

Many thanks to everyone who came to the Christmas Carol Concert last week in Bath. St Michaels Without was a beautiful setting for guests to sip mulled wine, nibble on stollen, sing their hearts out and enjoy the programme of entertainment. 

We all loved watching the wonderful Twinkling Stars - Martha, Isabelle, Florence, Jessica, Lula, Dilys, Florence and Emmeline and many thanks to Annette Hind from Dorothy Colborn School of Dancing. 

We also had amusing readings from dancers who have benefited from the services of the Dance Again Foundation, including students and grateful parents and a representative from Bath Dance. We are still recieving donations but so far the evening raised more than £600 for dancers.

We are delighted to forge collaborations with local businesses including Kitchens Cookshop who generously gave all of our guests a 10% discount voucher, thank you!

 

The NHS clinic in Bath, through which we enable dancers to access sports and dance medicine is affliated to NIDMS and as such we were part of the launch of One Dance UK (merger of Dance UK, African Diaspora, National Dance Teachers Association, Youth Dance England). It was a great evening and we met many new and old friends. We wish One Dance UK much success!

The little Twinkling Stars belting out their song and charming the guests at the Carol Concert!

A great Christmas shopping day! Why not combine a day's Christmas shopping at Bath's award winning Christmas Market with our early evening concert of Carols by Candlelight followed by mulled wine and mince pies, to raise funds for Dance Again.

For further information and tickets contact Celia@danceagain.org

 

 

Autumn Update 2015

With the dance and college season well underway we hope you are injury free. Remember you can get your GP to refer you to one of the three NHS NIDMS clinics in London, Birminham or ours in Bath (see the PDF for referral details in the news feed).

The IADMS Annual Conference was extremley interesting and has raised some very interesting ideas for the dance community which we can't wait to share with you over the coming months. Subjects include hypermobility, the benefit of cross training for dancers, ways to improve your jumping, a new way of describing and treating soft tissue pain, and methods of teaching. 

Celia gave a short presentation about the role of the Dance Again Foundation in helping dancers manage their injuries by signposting them through the NHS and helping them access specialist medical care, saving dancers time and money. This was well received, we just now need to make sure as many dancers as possible that this free service is available to them.

Here are three ways you can help us continue to support dancers:

  1. Come to our festive Carol Concert 3rd December in Bath - see the invite below and on the news feed
  2. Buy our Christmas cards online soon, we are picking up the proofs tonight!
  3. We need runners and sponsors for the Vitality Bath Half Marathon March 13th 2016 

Summer Update 2015

We hope you all have had a lovely break and are starting the new season injury free!

Don't forget our Dance Injury Clinic is here for you all, every Friday. You just need an e-referral from your GP (see the PDF download to make it easy).

We at Dance Again are very excited getting ready for the annual conference of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science in Pittsburgh USA in October. 

Thanks to everyone who has completed the questionnaire on concussion awareness, there are still a few more days before we complie all the results so you can contribute to the body of scientific knowledge and research which will be presented at the conference.

Other dates for the diary:

  • 3rd of December - Christmas Concert with carols and mulled wine in Bath.
  • Vitality Bath Half in March 13th 2016 (only 7 places left so get in touch to secure your place).
  • Move It 2016 at the London Excel 18th-20th March - We are so proud and excited to be presenting the winner of the freestyle competition each day and come and see us at our stand.

 

We would love to credit this beautiful photo and elegant dancer, if anybody knows the provenance please let us know, thanks.

 

Spring Update 2015

Concussion Questionnaire

Dance Again is very much looking forward to this years International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) annual conference in Pittsburgh, USA, where we will be presenting a short talk on the workings of our charity for dancers, and holding a seminar on concussion with dancers. You can contribute to this pool of knowledge and help improve dancer's health! To complete the short anonymous questionnaire please click on the image, English and German versions available go to Concussion in Dance Questionnaire Page

 

The clinic is going well and the Royal United Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have taken over the funding for the specialist physiotherapist (Previously fully funded by the Dance Again Foundation).

We are indebted to Nick Cleverton for opening up extra appointment for dancers.

There has been a steady stream of dancers and dance teachers attending the clinic from all over the UK, benefiting from acurate diagnosis and specialsed physio treatment. In addition we are offering sports massage and motivational coaching. We continue to monitor dancers feedback to improve the overall experience at the clinic.

On the fundraising front our great team of runners generated donations of more than £1000 in this years Bath Half Marathon in March, thanks to all who supported us!

We continue to enjoy integrated working with Dance UK. What a great first conference they held in London in April, where we got to share a mass of useful information with the dance community!

We are keenly anticipating the clinical meeting with National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) to maintain strong links and shared good practice between the clinics in London, Birminingham, and ours in Bath. 

 

 

We now have a more streamlined way of giving online courtesy of CharityCheckout.

Winter Update 2014-15

One of the big successes of the year for the Dance Again Foundation is the provision of expert medical help for dancers via the Friday afternoon clinic at the Royal United Hospital NHS Trust in Bath. This NHS clinic is the third member of the NIDMS network with the other two clinics being in London and Birmingham thus further increasing options for dancers to access specialist medical care.

Dancers from all over the country have been beating a trail here to see not only the specialist consultants in dance medicine but also our specialist physiotheripist who can fully empathise with injured dancers being an ex-professional dancer himself. 

We at Dance Again are funding the physiotherapy treatment because we know that dancers value input from people who understand what its like to be injured as a dancer.

It doesn't just stop with a trip to the clinic, dancers are provided with home care and treatment plans, follow up appointments together with ongoing support to fully address the dancers needs where required.

Referrals can be made by a simple request by your GP, through the 'Choose and Book' system. We strongly recommend that you download the Dance Injury Clinic Referral Information PDF so the correct clinic is found and booked for a Friday afternoon. Any problems or questions please contact Dance Again.

If you do not wish to use the clinic you can always contact celia@danceagain.org for advice, information and signposting to help manage injury and recovery in your local area.

Donations are essential so we can continue to provide specialist help, support and advice for dancers.

Via the button below:

Or Via JustGiving text: DANZ22 £10 to 70070 (you can of course do this several times if you want to give multiples of 10 and do Gift Aid!)

Or By Cheque to Dance Again Foundation - Manor Farm, The Green, Farmborough, Bath BA2 0BA

Whilst shopping donate pain free by generating a donation from the shop at no cost to you via www.Givingabit.com

A Thanks To All

The Trustees of Dance Again Foundation would very much like to thank everybody who attended our Gala dance spectacular on September 28th at Sadler’s Wells. We have been overwhelmed and delighted to hear back from so many of you who enjoyed the performances so much.

We particularly want to thank the fantastic dancers who donated their time and energy not just on the day but leading up to the event, to create such a fantastic array of physicality and grace. 

Many thanks also to David Flatman who pulled the evening together with his humour and empathy for specialist medical care for injured athletes.

After a sparkling VIP reception with delicious food from Sadler’s Wells the audience enjoyed twelve dazzling pieces from across the dance world. There was something from everybody and judging from the feedback people were pleased to see such a varied programme. 

Many thanks for the help from Sadler’s Wells and everyone who supported us through social media or simply spreading the word.

We are still receiving donations and more importantly have raised our profile as we have since received many more requests for help for injured dancers. Fortunately many of these can now be referred directly to the specialist NHS clinic we are supporting that is available to dancers via ‘choose and book’ system.

We look forward to continuing to making a difference to dancers, thank you so much for your support.

 

We are a charity passionate about getting injured dancers the best possible medical help and support, signposting injured dancers to dance-specific health professionals especially in areas beyond the primary dance communities so they can safely Dance Again. We work strategically to improve provision of dance medicine, and individually giving dancers advice, information, financial and moral support to optimise their rehabilitation.

Join us at this unique dance event for a dazzling display of talent showcasing a mixed programme. Major companies have donated pieces representing dance genres from contemporary to classical ballet, and street-dance to musical theatre.

We need your support to enable us to do the following:

  • We need to raise funds to cover administration as the charity moves on to the next level, extending our reach to dancers as well as increasing our range of information, frontline services and back line support
  • We intend to raise our profile in the public eye for the benefit of dancers in the UK and beyond
  • We must attract more sponsorship.
  • We need to develop more Dance Medicine Specialist Clinics 

 

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Dancers Stories 

 Some details are altered to protect dancer confidentiality 

Lower Back Pain

There are many causes of back pain and this story illustrates the need to get accurate diagnosis before embarking on any treatment including physiotherapy. 

A 25 year old male noticed a sudden spasm during class in his lower back which was aggravated when box splits were performed, and during extention work. Ice, heat and pain killers gave only temporary relief, he stopped going to class for 4 weeks. The dancer continued with regular Pilates and specific back strengthening exercises, maintaining his fitness with cycling. Despite seeking medical help from a number of non-dance specialists over the following months his symptoms continued. 

The dancers contacted Dance Aagin and arranged an appointment with the dance medicine consultant. The consultant reviewed the MRI and identified a transition vertebra (an irregularly shaped vertebra) which was leading to an imbalance in the core muscles affecting the biomechanics in a particular way. This information was passed to the physiotherapist who could then tailor a set of exercises for the dancers rehabilitation taking into account the slight asymmetry of the spine. Armed with this knowledge the dancer was reassured that a return to dance was entirely feasible and was pleased to know what he could to do to hasten his recovery.

The dancer has returned to class, he is recommencing training and looking forward to auditioning pain free.

 

[Photos by Jaye R. Phillips, of the Boston Ballet.] The photo is NOT of the dancer in the narrative.

Ruptured Achilles Tendon

At Dance Again we maintain client confidentiality which is extremely important to us, so permission has been sought to share this experience and some personal details have been changed.

 

A dancer phoned us in great distress having ruptured her Achilles tendon whilst away performing. The emergency surgery had been completed abroad and she returned to England with no package of care, support or follow up.

Luckily we (Dance Again) were able to put her in contact with a sports physican who oversaw her intensive and specialist rehabilitation. We negotiated a preferential rate and helped to fund it.

We were in regular contact with both the dancer and the medical team to provide support and motivation, and monitor her progress.

She was ahead of her milestones in terms of her treatment goals and we are delighted to say has returned to the stage in the West End!

Broken Toe

A 17 year old full time dance student contacted us after an X-Ray showed he had broken his toe and was worried about the impact it would have on his course. We were able to prepare him with focussed questions to discuss the best course of treatment with his practitioner. We gave advice on strength and conditioning to maintain his fitness and his readiness for dance whilst his toe healed.

His GP was happy to provide excellent physiotherapy as requested and the student returned safely to his dance training with no deficit. 

 

At Dance Again are aim is to enable injured dancers to access to specialist medical advice, treatment and support. We can help an injured dancer you know, so do get in touch with Celia at celia@danceagain.org

Please click here MyDonate  to donate to help support our work, thanks!

Ankle Impingement

A freelance dancer working across the UK and Europe developed impingement following several ankle sprains. An Xray revealed the dancer had os trigonum (See the Info Sheet below) and was waiting for an injection. She contacted us about help with rehab after the injection and we were able to negotiate a discounted rate for her treatment. We located a suitable dance and sport physio specialist close to her home. Her symptoms were reduced initially with treatment however her longterm prognosis has lead to investigating surgical options with a dance ankle specialist. We will be involved with her post operative physio.

Ankle Impingement Information Sheet
24% of clients contacting us at Dance Again Foundation have had problems with their ankle, of which half have had impingement. Here is an interesting, informative and easy to read article on ankle impingement.

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