5 July 2016 at 2.41pm | Comment on this article
The Royal Ballet will partner with St Mary's University to deliver sports science services to the Company's 90 dancers.
Leading the way in the dance world, The Royal Ballet's healthcare facilities for its dancers are akin to a Premier League football club with the latest sports science employed to help dancers avoid and recover from injury. This partnership with the School of Sport, Health and Applied Science at St Mary's will further that work and see academics work closely with the Company to design bespoke programmes to enhance performance and recovery.
As well as support, the partnership will give the opportunity for research into the mechanics behind professional dance. To facilitate this, St Mary's will offer a new fully-funded position on its new Masters by Research degree, with the opportunity to work and study in a world-renowned ballet environment.
'The health of our dancers is of the utmost importance to us at The Royal Ballet and the prevention of injury and the highest quality rehabilitation is constantly at the forefront of our thinking' says Royal Ballet Clinical Director Greg Retter. 'We have grown our healthcare provision significantly over the years to ensure the best conditions for our dancers to meet the ever increasing demands on their bodies, and this new partnership is another milestone in that journey. We’re very excited to be partnering with St Mary’s and look forward to working with their team to directly improve the health and well-being of dancers at The Royal Ballet, and to help influence a robust evidence-based sports-science model for the wider dance community.'