The Dance Again Foundation Helping Dancers Access Dance Medicine
The Dance Again Foundation Helping Dancers Access Dance Medicine

The Charity

The Dance Again Foundation helps dancers return to the stage after injury. The charity was set up following the inspirational story of Jack Widdowson, who fully recovered from a serious neck injury in 2011 with the help of expert sports medicine treatment. He is now a full-time professional dancer, and Dance Again was formed to help other dancers. 

 

We work in three ways:

  • giving help and advice to individual dancers around dance injury 
  • working with the NHS and other providers to improve provision of dance clinics and clinicians 
  • hold fundraising events to highlight the importance of dance and dance medicine 


Our aim is to enable dancers to return safely to their career after injury. We confidentially help dancers find help for anything from a clicking hip to knee pain, with the aim to avoid an acute problem becoming chronic. 


The Dance Again Foundation has a network of experienced specialist therapists, sports physicians and surgeons across the UK. Since September 2014 we have partnered with the Royal United NHS Trust Hospital in Bath, enabling dancers to access the specialist NHS sports and dance trauma clinic there via GP referral. Wait times from referral are approximately 10 days. This is one of the three NIDMS clinics nationwide. 

The Team

Patron

Miss Cynthia Harvey, former Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and Royal Ballet and now guest tutor with English National Ballet School and other professional companies abroad.

Trustees

Celia Widdowson, Senior Hospital Teacher

Julian Widdowson, Sports Physician, Head of Sports Medicine Bath Rugby

Rachel Rist, Director of Dance, Tring Park School of Performing Arts

Elizabeth Jones, Director of Nursing Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre

Nick Cleverton, Physiotherapist and ex-professional dancer with The Scottish National Ballet

David Widdowson, Solicitor

Chloe Widdowson, Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, The Royal London Hospital

Contact

Celia Widdowson - Chair of the Dance Again Foundation
Email: celia@danceagain.org

 

Dr Julian Widdowson - Consultant Sports Physician, Circle Bath Hospital, Bath
MBBS MRCGP MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine MFSEM
Email: enquiries@danceagain.org

 

Dance Again Foundation

Manor Farm
The Green
Farmborough
Bath
BA2 0BA

Registered Charity Number 1151745

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At Dance Again we are all volunteers. Please respect our efforts to answer as quickly as we can and allocate funding as fairly as possible. Our aims are to help each dancer make the best recovery possible, and allocate funds and effort accordingly. Rude or threatening correspondence will not be answered.  

Important information your GP will need to make your e-referral

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News

Dance Medicine Specialists now working in NHS Sports Injury Clinic at the Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust

We are delighted to announce that DAF working in partnership with Dance UK and NIDMS are helping to provide Dance Medicine Specialists in the NHS

To access this clinic ask your GP to refer you through Choose and Book. To book in the Bath Sports Injury Clinic  your GP or GP's secretary, needs to follow these instructions:-

Service: Sports Injury-Orthopaedics-RUH Bath-RD1

Service ID 169870

Appointment type First Outpatient

Service Location Royal United Hospital

Service Provider Organisation - Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust

Specialty Orthopaedics

Service contact Name RUH Outpatient Appointment Centre

Clinic type Sports Trauma

Waiting time at present 11 days

We look forward to seeing you there!

Important information your GP will need to make your e-referral

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