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Life After Elite Performance

February 27, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm



Join us for this fascinating symposium in which we consider how dancers and athletes who have performed at the highest level make career and personal transitions post-performance, and the impact these changes have.

The event is part of the launch season for University of Bath’s ‘The Edge’, an exciting new arts venue, which includes teaching facilities, theatre, gallery, and performance and rehearsal studios.

Keynote address by Dame Monica Mason DBE, distinguished dancer, coach and former Director of The Royal Ballet.
Career Transitions for Elite Performers: Psychology, Emotional Wellbeing, Identity formation and shifts.
The Long-term Physical Effects of Elite Performance.
Personal Reflections: former professional dancers and athletes discuss their careers in and beyond elite performance in two afternoon panels.

Leanne Benjamin OBE former Principal Dancer with The Royal Ballet
Farooq Chaudhry former Professional Dancer and Co-Founder and Producer of Akram Khan Dance Company
Dr Rachel Arnold Lecturer in Sport and Performance Psychology Organisational stress and sports performance specialist, currently researching career transitions in battlefield injured military personnel.
Professor Matthew Wyon, Professor in Dance Science at the University of Wolverhampton
Mark Archer Physiotherapist Isabel Mortimer, Personal and Executive Coach and former Resident Director of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures in Dance Company
Erin Sanchez Dance UK Healthier Dancer Programme Manager
Stephen Baddeley former Professional Badminton Player and Director of Sport at the University of Bath
Robert Parker former Principal with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Artistic Director of Elmhurst School for Dance
Kate Grey former Paralympic Swimmer, Sports Reporter and Radio 5 Presenter
Dr Anne Hogan Director of Education of the Royal Academy of Dance
Dr James Bilzon Head of Department for Health Sports participation and long-term osteoarthritis
Lynn Wallis Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Dance
Bryn Vaile MBE Olympic Champion – Men’s Sailing, Seoul Olympic Games 1988
Jennifer Curry Executive Director, Dancers’ Career

Royal Academy of Dance (Faculty of Education)
University of Bath (Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts)
University of Bath (Department of Sports Development and Recreation)
University of Bath (Department for Health)

PRICE (Includes lunch and refreshments)
£85 standard price
£70 University of Bath Staff
£70 RAD Members and Staff, Dance UK Members, Dance Students


February 27, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Weston Studio, The Edge, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY
1 East 2.1, University of Bath, Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
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