Dance psychology conference for teachers


Dance UK's conference 'Beyond the body: Psychological tools for performance enhancement and wellbeing in dance' is taking place in Birmingham on 29 November 2013 and will explore how teachers can work with students to maximise their performance and ensure healthy, happy students

Beyond the body: Psychological tools for performance enhancement and wellbeing in dance

Date: 29 November 2013, 9:30am – 9pm

Location: Birmingham Hippodrome

Tickets: £30-£200, available from

Dance UK’s renowned Healthier Dancer Programme, in partnership with the Royal Society of Medicine, is presenting a major psychology conference, Beyond the body: Psychological tools for performance enhancement and wellbeing in dance, on 29 November 2013 at the Birmingham Hippodrome. The conference is part of the education programme of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science which launched in 2012 with the opening of the first NHS dancers’ injury clinic.

Here are 10 reasons to make sure you don’t miss the day:

  1. Learn how mental training improves performance – particularly useful for dancers and teachers, Charlotte Woodcock will guide delegates though how and why mental training can enhance dancer training and performance
  2. Explore the best ways to motivate dancers and find out how a motivational climate benefits health and wellbeing
  3. Discover the major causes of psychological problems in dance, including how and why problems occur and what can be done to prevent them
  4. Explore how to deal with the psychological impacts of injury, whether for yourself, your students, your company dancers or the dancers you are treating
  5. Find out about the history and milestones of dance psychology – Joan Duda will discuss how dance psychology relates to clinical, positive and sport psychology and how lessons from these related fields can be used to enhance dance performance and education
  6. Gain CPD credits – continuing professional development credits are required by the Royal Academy of Dance and other organisations for dance teachers
  7. Meet fellow dance professionals and create a network of friends and colleagues to call on for advice and support
  8. Discover how career transition affects dancers’ identities and learn how to successfully manage difficult career changes, with input from Dancers’ Career Development, who have 40 years experience in dancers’ career transitions
  9. Learn to apply theory in practice in both dance environments and health contexts and bring tools back to your school/company to enhance dancer wellbeing
  10. Ask questions to a range of world-leading dance psychology researchers and experts

And if that isn’t enough, you will also be given information on where to go for more in-depth training in dance psychology.

Ticket prices are on a sliding scale to make the conference affordable with discounts for Dance UK members and extra early bird discounts if you book before 27 October.

Visit the Royal Society of Medicine website to book your place at