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The Royal Ballet and St Mary’s University Conference on Scientific Support in Ballet

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The Royal Ballet and St Mary’s University Conference on Scientific Support in Ballet

Date:
Wednesday 22 April 2020
Time:
9.30am - 5.30pm
Venue:
The Exchange, Twickenham TW1 1BE

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With Support from Catapult Sports.

 

Whether it’s the crack of a starting pistol at an Olympic final, or the hush that descends as the Royal Opera House curtain rises, what follows is a world-class, breath-taking, super-human performance that is the realisation of thousands of hours of training and practice.

The parallels between elite sport and ballet go beyond exceptional physical performance, with both arenas now utilising advanced scientific methods and research to support training and performance.

The Royal Ballet and St Mary’s University, Twickenham have worked together to provide professional dancers with strength and conditioning, sport science and research support services.

This conference will give delegates the chance to gain insight into this fascinating programme from the perspective of professional dancers, performance managers, strength and conditioning coaches and researchers working with The Royal Ballet today.

The conference will be further enriched by keynote addresses from world-leading dance science and medicine researchers and practitioners.

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Programme

  • 9.30-10am: Registration 
  • 10-10.15am: Welcome address – Overview of Sport Science and Strength and Conditioning at The Royal Ballet
    Matt Springham, Technical Lead in Strength and Conditioning, The Royal Ballet, London
  • 10.15-11.15am: Session one – Monitoring Load in The Royal Ballet Dancers
    Joseph Shaw, Applied Sport Scientist and PhD student, The Royal Ballet, London
  • 11.15am-12pm: Session two – Panel Discussion: Challenges of Managing Load in Professional Ballet
    Derrick Brown, Lecturer at the ArtEZ Institue of the Arts, the Netherlands; Richard Clark; Brian Maloney, Ballet RehabilitationSpecialist and Class Teacher; Adam Mattiussi; Emma Redding; Gregor Rosenkranz; Joseph Shaw; Matt Springham
  • 12-1pm: Lunch
  • 1-1.30pm: Session three – The Royal Ballet Strength and Conditioning Philosophy (supported by Perform Better)
    Gregor Rosenkranz, Strength and Conditioning Coach, The Royal Ballet, London
  • 1.30-2pm: Session four – Data-Informed Rehabilitation at The Royal Ballet
    Adam Mattiussi, Strength and Conditioning Coach, The Royal Ballet, London
  • 2-2.45pm: Keynote address one – Performance Management Lessons from 5 Seasons at The Royal Ballet
    Greg Retter, Head of Performance Support, British Olympic Association
  • 2.45-3.15pm: Tea and coffee
  • 3.15-3.45pm: Keynote address two – Performance: A Dancer’s Perspective
    Steven McRae, Principal Dancer, The Royal Ballet
  • 3.45-4.15pm: Session five – Practical Approaches to Load Related Injuries at The Royal Ballet (supported by Game Ready UK)
    Richard Clark, Clinical Lead Physiotherapist, The Royal Ballet
  • 4.15-5.15pm: Keynote address three – The Developing Field of Dance Science
    Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London
  • 5.15-5.30pm: Closing address
    Matt Springham, Technical Lead in Strength and Conditioning, The Royal Ballet, London
Speakers

Derrick Brown
Scientific Coordinator: University of Bern, Switzerland and Associate Researcher and Lecturer at the ArtEZInstitute of the Arts, Arnhem, the Netherlands

Panel Member: Challenges of Managing Load in Professional Ballet

Derrick is a former professional contemporary dancer and performed fora decade with the prestigious Mark Morris Dance Group. He is currently a doctoral researcher in neurocognition and motor control at Radbound University, Nijmegen in the Netherlands, investigating ballet populations. Derrick is also Scientific Coordinator at the University of Bern, Switzerland and undertakes collaborative research at The Royal Ballet.

Richard Clark
Clinical Lead Physiotherapist: The Royal Ballet, London

Session: Practical Approaches to Load Related Injuryat The Royal Ballet

Richard is Clinical Lead Physiotherapist at The Royal Ballet and is responsible for overseeing the development of return-to-dance rehabilitation pathways. His particular interest in lower limb injuries and their rehabilitation has grown from the ten years of experience he gained while working in similar capacities in professional football.

Brian Maloney
Ballet Rehabilitation Specialist and Class Teacher: The Royal Ballet, London

Panel Member: Challenges of Managing Load in Professional Ballet

Brian is a Ballet Rehabilitation Specialist and class teacher at The RoyalBallet. Previously a professional dancer (soloist) at The Royal Ballet, he retrained to deliver rehabilitative services to injured dancers. He is currently completing an MSc in Strength and Conditioning at St Marys University and is able to bring invaluable insight to the interplay of science and practice in ballet.

Adam Mattiuisi
Strength and Conditioning Coach: The Royal Ballet, London

Session: Data Informed Rehabilitation at The Royal Ballet

Adam is a full-time strength and conditioning coach at The Royal Ballet and part-time PhD student at St Mary’s University. His research interests span the kinetics and kinematics of jumping and landing in professional classical ballet dancers. With a wealth of experience in this arena, he has spoken at multiple international conferences in the field of dance science and medicine, including the IADMS Conference 2019.

Steven McRae
Principal Dancer: The Royal Ballet, London

Keynote two: Performance and Performance Support: A Dancer’s Perspective

Steven is a principal dancer at The Royal Ballet and is one of the best known classical ballet dancers in the world. He is multi-award winning and has performed as a guest artist at professional ballet companies around the world. Steven shares his thoughts on achieving elite performance in classical ballet and the role played by the multidisciplinary support team in achieving this.

Emma Redding
Head of Dance Science: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London

Keynote three: The Developing Field of Dance Science

Professor Emma Redding is Head of Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. She is a founding partner of the National Institute for Dance Medicine and Science, a board member and past president of the International Association for Dance Medicine andScience and is recognised as a world leader in dance science research.

Greg Retter
Head of Performance Services: British Olympic Association, London

Keynote one: Performance Management Lessons from Five Seasons at The Royal Ballet

Greg is currently Head of Performance Support for the British OlympicAssociation and was previously Clinical Director at The Royal Ballet; a post that he held for five seasons. Recognised as a world leader in managing performance support teams, Greg will provide both breadth and depth of perspective into performance management in classical ballet.

Gregor Rozenkranz
Strength and Conditioning Coach: The Royal Ballet, London

Session: The Royal Ballet Strength and Conditioning Philosophy

Gregor moved to London specifically to take up his role as full-time strength and conditioning coach at The Royal Ballet, having previously worked in Germany, Austria and the USA. With over ten years of experience in rehabilitation and injury prevention, ranging from youth work to the support of Olympic athletes, Gregor is pivotal in the design, development and delivery of The Royal Ballet’s strength and conditioning philosophy.

Joseph Shaw
PhD Research Student: The Royal Ballet, London

Session: Monitoring Load in The Royal Ballet Dancers

Joe is an applied sport scientist undertaking a full-time PhD with TheRoyal Ballet and St Mary’s University. His research focuses on the use of accelerometry to quantify load in professional classical ballet dancers and provides new insights into the acute and longitudinal load demands of classical ballet training and performance.

Matt Springham
Technical Lead in Strength and Conditioning: The Royal Ballet, London

Session: Welcoming and Closing Addresses

Matt is both technical lead for strength and conditioning, and research advisor to The Royal Ballet, as well as being a senior lecturer in Strength and Conditioning Science and Exercise Physiology at St Mary’sUniversity. His applied experience of strength and conditioning is rooted in professional football at premiership and national level over a twelve-year period. Matt’s research interests include monitoring training load using GPS and accelerometry technology and immunoendocrine responses to training.

Session sponsors

Harlequin Floors

The keynote address two (Performance: A Dancer's Perspective) is supported by Harlequin Floors.

 

Gaynor Minden, New York

The keynote address three (The Developing Field of Dance Science) is supported by Gaynor Minden, New York.

 

Vald Performance

Session two (Challenges of Managing Load in Professional Ballet) is supported by Vald Performance.

 

 

Perform Better

Session three (The Royal Ballet Strength and Conditioning Philosophy) is supported by Perform Better.

 

SMARTABASE from Fusion Sport

Session four (Data-Informed Rehabilitation at The Royal Ballet) is supported by SMARTABASE from Fusion Sport.

 

Game Ready UK

Session five (Practical Approaches to Load Related Injuries at The Royal Ballet) is supported by Game Ready UK.

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Date:
Wednesday 22 April 2020
Time:
9.30am - 5.30pm
Venue:
The Exchange, Twickenham TW1 1BE


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For more information about this event please email conferences@stmarys.ac.uk or call 020 8240 8219.

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