Dance Again Foundation

Dance Again Foundation Gala 2014


Sunday 28th September 2014 7.30pm

Tickets now available!! Call 0844 412 4300 or CLICK HERE 

Tickets from £12 - £49

Hospitality tickets available VIP seats, pre-show corporate hospitality, private reception with food and wine, private cloakroom - £125 

Hospitality Packages available Gold, Silver, and Bronze

For hospitality information contact:-
Dr Julian Widdowson 07989381512 
or email

Performer's include stars from:

English National Ballet
A pas de deux from 'Giselle' Alison McWinney and Junor Sourza
Scott Miller Tappers
Featuring world champion tap dancer, Matt Hill in 'After Midnight'
Gavin Henson and Michelle Webber
Another chance to see his Strictly ballroom waltz
Yat-Sen Chang
Grand Pas from 'Don Quixote' with Emma Lucibello
ZooNation Youth Company
Excerpt from 'Groove On Down The Road'
Richard Alston Dance Company
Excerpt from much studied 'Overdrive'
The Royal Ballet
Edward Watson performance of Arthur Pita's 'Spiderman'
Visual comedy, percussion and movement 
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Comical excerpt from David Bintley's 'Flowers of the Forest'
Northern Ballet
World Premiere Kenneth Tindall's 'Forbidden Fruit'
Ballet Black
Quartet from 'Two of a Kind'
Tap Attack-Extreme Tap
With their world title winning routine
Jack Widdowson
Performing his new choreography 'Morsel'

Programme still growing and subject to change 

Book By Telephone. Call the Sadler's Wells Theatre Ticket Office on 0844 412 4300; Monday to Saturday, 10am-8pm. Sunday opening times vary. Please call for details.

Early bird (Promo code: pcdearly until end of July) and group discounts for 8 or more

Payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, Amex and JCB.

Minicom for patrons with hearing impairments: 020 7863 8015.

We regret we are unable to accept cheque bookings where the event date is within ten days of the cheque payment date.

Hospitality Packages:-

Gold - 10 tickets VIP seats, pre-show corporate hospitality, private reception with food and wine, private cloakroom, prime advertising space in the theatre foyer and reception, advertising on all marketing material for the show, full page advert in the programme.  £5,000

Silver - 10 tickets VIP seats, pre-show corporate hospitality, private reception with food and wine, private cloakroom, advertising space in the theatre foyer, advertising on the marketing material for the show, half page advert in the programme. £3,000

Bronze 10 tickets VIP seats, pre-show corporate hospitality, private reception with food and wine, private cloakroom, half page advert in the programme. £1,500


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 have to raise £50,000 to fund a specialist physiotherapist to work alongside the NHS clinic we are opening in Bath in Autumn 2014
  • 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.


The Dance Again Foundation is a charity to help dancers return to the stage after injury

The charity has been set up following the inspirational story of Jack Widdowson who suffered a serious neck injury in 2011 and through early intervention and rehabilitation is returning to the career he worked so hard to achieve. Jack is an apprentice at Bern Ballet. He had been with the company for four months when he suffered his injury. Following hours of intensive treatment with a number of therapists after his surgery, he has now returned to dance.
The Dance Again Foundation will support injured dancers and their families with immediate post injury advice and help with early rehabilitation, working with the dancer's medical team to achieve the optimum recovery. The aim is to enable the dancer to return safely to their career.  
There is much that can be done in the immediate days following an injury that will enable the dancer to achieve the best possible outcome. Knowing where to start or who to contact following an injury can be a worrying time for the dancer. 
The Dance Again Foundation has a network of experienced specialist therapists, sports physicians and surgeons across the UK. These specialists have all worked with dancers with great success.

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GALA at SADLER'S WELLS 28th September 2014

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

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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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