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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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The Pregnant Dancer is a research project, led by researcher Chloe Hillyar, and supported by Arts Council England's National Lottery Project Grants. It  explores how female dancers can continue working during pregnancy and the postnatal period. The research aims to reverse the notion that dance is only for younger practitioners without family commitments. The main objective is to develop a current contemporary dance pedagogy to ensure safe physiological practice for mother dancers.

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.

Industry

 
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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.