Vitality Bath Half Marathon 2017
Some details are altered to protect dancer confidentiality
Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
A musical theatre performer contacted us asking for help with rehab after surgery to repair a ruptured ACL. This person needed an enhanced rehabilitation program tailored specifically for dancers including consultations with a specialist dance physician, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and advice on strength and conditioning.
We negotiated a preferential rate from the provider. This made this treatment accessible to the dancer who was then able to return to their stage career after 4 months of intensive work. We monitored the treatment and milestones achieved, and we were able to give motivational help to cope with the pain and the frustration of not being able to perform.
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!
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 email@example.com
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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.
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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News for Spring 2016
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.
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.
News for January 2016
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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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.
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