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Research

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PREGNANCY & THE DANCER

ONE DANCE UK FACTSHEET 19

Francesca McCoid, Sue Harris & Rachel Rafiefar

 

The original resource that inspired Dance Mama to be created.

Join as a member to One Dance UK to gain access to this fantastic resource amongst many other benefits

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SAFE DANCE PRACTICE

CHAPTER 10, pages 219 -225

Edel Quin, Sonia Rafferty & Charlotte Tomlinson

The 'bible' of dance science-based advice for all aspects of dance experience contains a precious few pages on dancing through pregnancy, and some advice for return to work

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PREGNANCY & PARENTHOOD

THE DANCER'S PERSPECTIVE

Charlotte Vincent & Helen Laws

 

 

Vincent Dance Theatre, One Dance UK & Creative and Cultural Skills 2009 report covering a variety of aspects of dancing and parenthood for the employee and employer

GREAT MINDS

Reports, studies and research groups

ACTIVITY
 
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PELVIC FLOOR HEALTH & CORE STABILITY

One Dance UK have excellent resources that are relevant to dancing parents - particularly Dance Mama's and their rehabilitation back into the work place. 

Whilst we're working on more specific advice here are two pieces information for you to peruse. 

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QUEENS UNIVERISTY BELFAST 

Dr Aoife McGrath, Senior Lecturer of The School of Arts, English and Languages heads up Dance and The Maternal, delivering research and performance projects on this subject.  

 

QUB has a group of PhD students researching this topic including, researcher Chloe Hillyar who's The Pregnant Dancer 2021 project, supported by Arts Council England's National Lottery Project Grants explores how female dancers can continue working during pregnancy and the postnatal period. Chloe has contributed to the Maternity & Midwifery Forum with thsi article below. 

Activity

 
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The Active Pregnancy Foundation has a variety of information on it's Insight page and throughout it's site including the UK government CMO approved guidelines of activity in pre and postnatal women (below) as well as top tips for support in lockdown. They are a fantastic organisation, championing womens' health, research and education encouraging all to be active. 

Dance Mama Founder, Lucy McCrudden is proud to be the Secretariat to the charity's Scientific Advisory Board.

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Hayley Mills, Lou Atkinson, 

Ellinor Olander, Debbie Smith, Louise Hayes, Sinead Currie, James Newham, Charlie Foster, Marlize De Vivo

 

Article in British Journal of Sports Medicine from experts at the UK's leading universities

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Marlize De Vivo & Hayley Mills

An insight into how midwives promote physical activity during pregnancy from professors from the Perinatal Physical Activity Research Group, University of Canterbury

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University of Canterbury

 

This multidisciplinary group designs, conducts and communicates high quality research focusing on physical activity during pre-conception, pregnancy and post-natal periods. PPARG work both in collaboration, and offers consultation with, a large range of stakeholders to maximise benefit and impact of their research and expertise.

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH) Female Health & Performance in Sport Virtual Conference

Dr Amal Hassan Co-Chairs the 2022 Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH) Female Health & Performance in Sport Virtual Conference in this replay.

All the presentations are excellent, but do head to 1 hour 11 mins in to hear Dr Amal Hassan's presentation Pregnancy, Exercise and The Athlete.

Arts Industries

 
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Parents in Performing Arts Campaign has produced a number of important research reports with various partners, revealing the huge challenges that parents face across dance, theatre and music industries. 

Their latest report highlights the severity of the impact of COVID19 on these sectors and can be access on the link below.