National Dance Competition


Have YOU got the Bone Factor? NOS

The National Osteoporosis Society and Craig Revel Horwood launch national dance competition for primary school children. 

Win an exclusive dance lesson from Craig Revel Horwood to help children prevent bone problems in later life.Craig Revel Horwood

 Celebrity dance judge Craig Revel Horwood is calling all primary school teachers and children to enter a national dance competition and win their place on the first ever Bone Factor Tour in October! Winning schools receive an action packed day to help build stronger bones, with a dance lesson from Craig and exciting nutritional activities.

Craig Revel Horwood comments, “I’ve teamed up with the National Osteoporosis Society for the second year because dance is a great form of exercise, and a fun way to teach children the importance of keeping their bones healthy. We are inviting primary schools from across the country to join the Bone Factor challenge and compete for a chance to Boogie for their Bones on tour with me. So if you think you’ve got the Bone Factor then get dancing, because the search is on!”

The dance judge has teamed up with the National Osteoporosis Society once again as part of the charity’s Bones4Life programme. The initiative encourages primary school children to learn how to look after their bones from a young age, which is vital in ensuring they remain strong and healthy later in life. Last year, Craig worked with the charity to get dance schools to Boogie for their Bones. This year, Craig Revel Horwood and the Bone Factor Tour are targeting primary schools with their health messages and fun dance routine.

The Bone Factor Tour encourages children to get dancing from a young age, and Craig has created fantastic Boogie for your Bones dance steps and a dance plan and video to help explain the moves! Dance is a great form of weight-bearing exercise that builds bone strength from a young age. It’s also great fun! 

Entering the Bone Factor Tour competition is easy. Schools simply send in a recording of their own Boogie for Your Bones dance that uses some of the steps available on The entries can be a few photographs or a video and will be judged by Craig. Six lucky primary schools will earn their place on the tour for an unforgettable day about bone health.  The Bone Factor Tour team will be visiting schools during the week of World Osteoporosis Day, on 20th October 2009. Entries will be judged regionally and chosen according to strict judging criteria.

All entries must be received by Friday 25th September 2009 and sent to:, or post to: Bone Factor Tour competition, Good Relations, 26 Southampton Buildings, London, WC2A 1PQ.


Brand new Ballet shoe!


Pointe work

One of my tutors at Laban(Dr Matt Wyon) has spent the last 7 years developing this Ballet shoe which not only protects your ankles and consequently your joints, but makes a pionte work comfortable!

Have a look at the below link. If you are a ballet dancer this is definitely something to check out and seriously consider investing in. Not only does it banish the blisters but help to keep your body healthy and perform to your best!

A Study of Dancers Who Have Had a Significant Injury


Cambridge University



A study is currently being carried out at Cambridge University on the lives of dancers who have sustained a serious injury affecting their ability to perform, and that may influence – or has already influenced – their career choices. The aim of this research is to identify how injury affects dancers’ lives, and the most effective ways of dealing with its impact.


Are you eligible to participate?

You are eligible to be part of the study if all three of the following points describe you:

·         I am or previously was a professional dancer.

·         I have or had an injury that prevents/prevented me from dancing as I did before.

·         Because of my injury, I am currently considering or previously considered changing the kind of work I do.


What is involved?

·         This is an interview study in which participants are asked to talk about their experience of injury, and how this has affected them, professionally and in other ways.

·         Each participant will be interviewed one-on-one by the researcher.

·         The interview will last 1-2 hours, and will be conducted privately, and in complete confidence.

·         Wherever possible, the interview will be conducted in person, but can also be carried out by phone if this is preferred.

·         The names of those involved in the study will be kept completely confidential and will not be shared with anyone, either during the research process or after the study is complete.


Why participate?

This study explores how dancers deal with the impact of a debilitating injury on their lives. By participating in this study, you will be contributing to important research that may change the lives of other injured dancers, and help in the training of future dancers. You will also receive feedback on the study’s key findings. In addition, you may find that the interview provides a valuable opportunity to reflect on your experiences and the choices that you have made.


The researcher: Sally Maitlis

Dr Sally Maitlis is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and is currently a Visiting Professor at Cambridge University. She has studied creative organizations and their members for over 15 years, including British symphony orchestras, a Canadian game design company, and artistic and other performers with significant injuries. She is also a trained counsellor. For more information, please see:

 Would you like to join this study?

Please contact Sally at to learn more about the study and decide if you would like to participate in it.

Dance recipe article coming!


Dance Science in action at LabanI have just been asked by Fitpro (Fitness Professionals) to contribue to an article in the next edition of their magazine! I believe the edition has a dance focus and I have to submitt my favourite recipe!

They have collected more from other dance professionals so should be an interesting and useful read!

Once it has come out in October, I will let you know so you can have a read!


ISTD Theatre Faculties’ Congress




I will be going to the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Theatre Faculties’ Congress on 10th of May 2009 at Laban. I am looking to forward to it as I will be experiencing some new styles of dance, Kathak and Classical Greek to name just two! This event is for ISTD teachers so if you are not associated to this association do not fret – I will be shortly telling you all about it!


Protein – Dear Body


Protein - Dear Body

In essence, this piece is all about people going to the gym, fitness classes and personal trainers ! Should be good! I will be going to see it on the Tuesday, so look out for the review in a couple of weeks time! Check out the Southbank website for more information.

The Fit-pro Spring Convention


The Fit-pro Spring ConventionI I will be attending the Fit-pro Convention on the 18th and 19th of April 2009. This is a fitness convention which I have attended before where experts of the Sports Science, Personal Training and Fitness industry will be giving classes, lectures and workshops of the latest progressions in the industry.

I always look forward to this convention as the quality of teaching and knowledge is second to none. I am really interested in the Pilates, personal training and functional movement seminars and will be bringing back a wealth of information which is totally applicable to dancers and companies alike.

Once again I will be reviewing the convention just for you!

Dance Medicine – the female athlete triad and hypermobility


Dance Medicine - the female athlete triad and hypermobility

This event is being held in conjunction with Dance UK and the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) on the 20th of April 2009 at the RSM. I will be attending and reviewing the day for you, so make sure you check it out in a couple of weeks!

I am particularly looking  forward to it as Wayne McGregor from Random Dance and the Royal Ballet Company is one of the key speakers (along with three others). This is great as we will be able to hear his thoughts, experiences and knowledge about these two areas in the professional dance industry. His relationship with Dance Science is fairly unique and has helped to put it on the main stage in more ways the one.

Check out the backstage film the Guardian made about his piece Entity (2008) which explores the connection between the brain and movement.

Welcome to my new site!


Thanks for checking out my brand new site! I am very excited about this new venture for me!

This site is designed to introduce me and what I do, what projects I am involved with at the moment and how they are going, reviews on conferences / articles / research which I have attended or read, and also to provide you with information about the dance health and fitness industry.

I hope you find this site useful and as always please get in touch if I can help you in any way – or feel free to subscribe to this blog! 


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