Therapeutic Dance for Breast Cancer Recovery

20th November 2020 ONLINE

An online interactive session exploring how therapeutic dance can support the physical and psychological health of women in recovery from breast cancer.

Dancing with Health is a research study that saw the delivery of a standardised dance protocol in five EU countries between 2019-2020. The protocol had a strong sports and exercise framework, was informed by dance movement therapy and introduced participants to a range of dance styles.

This FREE open and active session will give an overview of the study and how the protocol was designed and delivered for this population. Initial findings will also be presented alongside useful insights from the dance movement therapists who ran the sessions. There will be participatory opportunities throughout and a Q&A at the end.

This event is aimed at students, practitioners or patients with an interest in psychotherapy, therapeutic dance/sports interventions, cancer care recovery, dance movement psychotherapy and health/dance/sports research.

For more information about the study see

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Arts and Therapy in the Time of the Pandemic

From Thursday 18th June 2020

In collaboration with the International Arts Therapies Doctoral Alliance led by New York University, a series of presentations, panel discussions and workshops have been recorded and showcased online, exploring the contribution of the arts and arts psychotherapies to health and wellbeing during the 2020 pandemic .

Guest speakers and panelists will present current initiatives and research on the physiological and psychological benefits of the arts. In particular discussions will focus on the contributions that the arts therapies can make to tackle isolation, loneliness, offer opportunities for resilience and support for the wellbeing of the general public, health and social care staff and patients. Ways in which the arts therapies can act as psychological interventions for the prevention and treatment of depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder will also be explored, highlighting the value of this field at times of crisis. 

Keynote presentation by Christopher Bailey, Arts & Health Lead at the World Health Organisation ‘Composed at Present, Composing the Future:  Arts and Healing in the COVID world‘. This is followed by a Panel Discussion exploring the role of arts and arts therapies in the context of the pandemic, with the four prominent arts therapists below (Dr Nisha Sajnani, Prof Felicity Baker, Prof Vicky Karkou and Dr Azizah Abdullah).

Short 1min 30 taster

Full length presentation and panel discussion 1hr4min

A series of presentations from prominent international arts therapists talking about how their discipline and research activities can contribute to health and wellbeing during the times of the pandemic.

Vicky Karkou staff photo

Workshops and reflections of internationally recognised practitioners in dance movement psychotherapy, art psychotherapy, music therapy and drama therapy.

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Bridging the Gap: Somatic Movement and Dance Practices in Healthcare

Friday 6th – Sunday 8th March 2020

A three day special event aimed at health-care professionals, somatic-informed practitioners and dance artists. Aiming to provide a space for discussion and exchange between the two fields, to explore the scope of the interchange and discuss the needs for further research and future steps. Free one day symposium and weekend workshop led by Miranda Tufnell and Filipa Pereira-Stubbs.

To book the Symposium on Friday 6th March and/or the Weekend Workshop Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March please click the links.

Pregnancy Research Symposium
Pregnancy Research Sympsosium

Monday 30th March 2020 – CURRENTLY POSTPONED

This free event is to highlight impactful, multidisciplinary pregnancy research. Plenary by Dr Paige van der Plight from Deakin University, Australia “Exploring the role of nutrition during pregnancy: the impact on maternal and offspring health and chronic disease risk”. Other presentations include academics from Midwifery, Nutrition, Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Performing Arts. There will be time for networking, reflection and research planning. Suitable for students, academics and healthcare practitioners.

Click the link for more information or to book the Symposium.

Dancing with Health Training Weekend

26th & 27th October 2019

Part of the Festival of Ideas, a series of talks, exhibitions and performances to engage academics, students and members of the public.

2nd International Arts in Healthcare Event

3rd – 6th October 2019

Arts, Creativity and the Global Crisis: Re-imagining Identity, Otherness and the Possible, New York.

Arts in Psychotherapy Weekend Event

1st – 2nd June 2019

Personal and professional flourishing for one’s self, clients, and communities – a weekend of workshops, reflections and growth.

Dance for Wellbeing Weekend Workshop

23rd – 24th March 2019

An opportunity to join all-day dance workshops led by Lisa Simpson, choreographer and director of Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance.

Arts and Psychotherapy: Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health

28th February 2019

What contribution can the arts make to one’s emotional wellbeing and mental health?