Dance & Health

Supporting and developing dancer's physical and mental well-being.

Our Healthier Dancer programme supports and develops the physical and mental well-being.
As part of this, we offer Weekly Wellness Classes (Wednesdays Noon-1pm) and a host workshops in our Healthier Dancer Days programme which takes place over a two day period each autumn. 

We support a range of initiatives throughout the year to educate and inform professional dance artists, students and teachers about Dancer Health; muscularly, nutritionally, mentally and emotionally. 
We also gather a wide range of information and documentation from previous years of this programme and from other sources in our Online Library.

Dance & Health Professional Development Series

Dance Ireland was pleased to host the concluding event in the Dance & Health Professional Development Series on Thursday 30 October 2018.
This programme was a partnership between Kildare, Kerry and Tipperary County Councils and Dance Ireland and was the recipient of the Arts Council Ireland's Invitation to Collaboration Scheme

Over the course of the year three major events took place nationwide in Nenagh Arts Centre (as part of Tipperary Dance Platform) Tipperary 10-11 October 2017; Siamsa Tíre, Tralee, Kerry (as part of Tocht Festival of Dance) 26 - 27 April 2018 and Loftus Hall and St. Patrick’s College Maynooth University, Kildare (as part of the Kildare Dance & Health Summer School) 26-27 July 2018.

These events drew together national and international experts in the field to share their resources and experiences of the impact of dance on people’s health. The programme enabled dance artists to develop their skills in the area of dance and health, and grow professional networks by connecting with colleagues doing similar work. 

From October 2017 – October 2018, in parallel with these events, the partners commissioned a research project undertaken by Dr Hilary Moss (University of Limerick), to create a best practice model of dance and health continuing professional development. READ the report HERE