Royal Academy of Dance | a weekend conference on Dance and Lifelong Wellbeing

Royal Academy of Dance | a weekend conference on Dance and Lifelong Wellbeing

London: 26-28th April 2013

Darcey Bussell in her dressing room

Apollo, April 2003, The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, London. Darcey says, “After about 10 years I was able to apply my stage make-up in 30 minutes. It was all about accentuating the eyes and the lips for the audience to see our expressions more clearly. False eyelashes were a must.” Photograph : Bryan Adams

The Royal Academy of Dance announce details of their conference which will bring together leading experts in dance, health, community arts and education to explore the ways in which dance can enhance lives. The conference will combine interviews, presentations, panel discussions, demonstration classes and a live performance and will take place over three days at both the Royal Academy of Dance and the London College of Fashion.

Conference highlights include a unique opportunity to hear Robert Cohan, Founder Director of The Place, reflect on his role as teacher and mentor to a generation of British contemporary dancers. The Academy’s President, Darcey Bussell, will be present on the opening day and Gillian Lynne, the internationally renowned choreographer and a Vice-President of the RAD, will give the keynote address followed by a reception.

The conference will offer a range of perspectives on dance as a means of enhancing lifelong wellbeing, including dance and longevity, dance in the community, dance and disability, dance and fitness and the benefits of dance to physical and emotional health. The event will also provide a forum for sharing the outcomes of the RAD’s outreach work with adults, children and young people, including the recent project funded by the Community Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF).

Presenters include:

Diane Amans (Independent Dance Artist)

Fergus Early (Artistic Director, Green Candle Dance Company)

Jackie Hayhoe (Age UK)

Jennifer Jackson (Ballet Independents Group)

Robert Lynden (Creative Director, Dance United)

Robert Parker (Artistic Director, Elmhurst School for Dance),

Erin Sanchez (Dance UK Healthier Dancer Programme)

Dr Victoria Showunmi (Institute of Education)

Kenneth Tharp (Chief Executive, The Place)

Matthew Wyon (Professor of Dance Science, University of Wolverhampton)

Performance Showcase

The conference will close with a showcase of dance by performers of all ages in a variety of styles, including pieces by Akādemi, Company of Elders, Dance United, Growing Older (Dis)gracefully and Step into Dance.

Royal Academy of Dance Spring Conference ‘Dance and Lifelong Wellbeing’ 26-28 April 2013

Conference Schedule

Please note that the Royal Academy of Dance reserves the right to alter the advertised programme, including substitute speakers and amend details, dates, times and locations.

Conference registration



Read Darcey Bussell’s photobook


Comments are closed.