One Dance UK

National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science

To improve dancers' health and performance and prevent injury by researching, developing and providing comprehensive, evidence-based medical and dance science support services. This project is a significant advancement for dance, profoundly impacting dancers’ lives throughout the UK.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (801552)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target





  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Medical ResearchMedical Research
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation




80% of dancers incur at least one injury each year which affects their ability to perform. To sustain employability for dancers in the UK and continue to build a thriving dance industry that remains a source of inspiration and aspiration for all, we need to ensure dancers stay fit and healthy enough to cope with the ever more exciting choreographic challenges thrown their way. To do this we need specialist, evidence-based healthcare and dance science support, accessible to dancers at all levels.


The National Institute aims, through shared expertise and a network of multidisciplinary partners, to provide access for all dancers to high quality, evidence-based, dance specific healthcare and dance science services. This project will also provide, for

  • This is so important. I am absolutely behind this. Dance is totally dependent upon its artists' ability to sustain long and healthy careers.

    — Kenneth Tharp