Dancer Wellness, Health and Performance Seminar

In partnership with Dance Clinic

The Dancer Health, Performance & Wellness Seminar is a unique opportunity to engage with some of the dance industry’s leading injury and rehabilitation, strength & conditioning and mental health experts. The purpose of each seminar is to give you an insight into each of these vital areas of a dancer’s personal development and to deepen your awareness of dance as an elite sport. Each seminar will be interactive allowing the dancers to learn more about the aspects of developing a well-balanced and strong physical conditioning.

The team from The Dance Clinic, comprising a soft tissue specialist, strength and conditioning coach and psychotherapist/counsellor, will engage participants in interactive seminars to inform on three separate areas:

  • Health – Common injuries and how to manage them effectively and avoid reoccurrence
  • Wellness  – Tools to cope with the mental pressures of the dance world, including stress, anxiety, sleep and the environment of continuous improvement
  • Performance – Gaining the most from your training, strengthening in key areas to avoid injury, and how our mindset can affect performance

Fundamental exercises will be shared to help combat common dance injuries and there will be tips and advice on how to deal with confidence issues and other mental aspects of dance. The seminars will also give attendees the opportunity to ask the contributors any questions or concerns they have personally.

NB: Limited places available – 30 dancer’s maximum per group.


DanceXchange CAT Programme

Our Centre for Advanced Training for South Asian and Contemporary Dance (CAT) is the West Midlands partner in the national CAT network.  Funded by the Department of Education Music and Dance Scheme, it is led by DanceXchange in partnership with Sampad South Asian Arts and Heritage. CATs exist to help identify, and assist, children with exceptional potential, regardless of their personal circumstances, to benefit from world-class specialist training as part of a broad and balanced education.

Dance Clinic

Phil Birch

Phil is a soft tissue injury specialist, with over 30 years’ experience in the fields of dance and performing arts. He spent 24 years with Birmingham Royal Ballet as possibly the most sought after treatment provider of the Jerwood Centre team. He has toured with the company across the globe from Australia to Japan, from the USA to Cornwall. He has treated some of the dance world’s most famous icons including Rudolph Nureyev, Sylvie Guillem and Darcy Bussell. His West End credits include working with the casts of Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph & his Technicolour Dreamboat, Les Miserables. Hip Hop, Ballroom, Contemporary, Capoeira, Street, even Strictly Come Dancing, it’s unlikely you’ll find a style of dance with which Phil doesn’t have an affinity and an answer to an injury. Phil has worked with actors and singers for vocal balancing, professional footballers, martial artists, athletes and counts many famous names amongst his client list. Still passionate about the performing arts industries, with those clients he is able to treat on a regular basis, the body is his canvas, and he is totally focused on making each one a work of art and perfection.

Darryl Canham 

Darryl is a martial arts practitioner, performer and coach, a strength and conditioning coach and trainer, as well as an action performer and choreographer in the Film and Gaming industries. After a successful career in advertising and marketing, his passion for physical health, fitness and personal performance led him to found the Kaizen Centre in Birmingham. Here over the last 15 years, he has enjoyed great success in improving people’s performances as athletes, their physical conditioning and moving them into resilient states of physical health and beyond the injuries that high-performance athletes get from time to time. Darryl has worked with dancers from a variety of disciplines; Contemporary, Ballet, Ballroom and Irish Dancing to name a few. As a physical trainer, Darryl has over the years, through referrals and reputation, rehabilitated many people and athletes back to peak performing abilities. His strength and conditioning accreditations go back over 25 years, so his experience as a coach has great depth.

MA MBACP Psychotherapist/counsellor

Terry Hyde 

Terry started dancing at age 6 and at age 10 won a 5-year scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dance. At 16 he attended the Royal Ballet Upper School before joining the Royal Ballet at age 18.  Having built a reputation as a character dancer, he joined London’s Festival Ballet (now ENB) as a soloist.  Wanting to explore other areas of the performing arts, he left ballet to perform in a UK tour of West Side Story, after which he performed in musicals in London’s West End, in Film and on TV. On retiring from performing, he set up and ran a Business Management organisation for people in show business.  After 15 years he sold the business and trained as a psychotherapist attaining a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy & Healing Practice validated by Middlesex University.  In 2017 he combined two passions, dance and psychotherapy, by setting up a new counselling service for dancers.  He wanted to help dancers with their emotional and mental health issues.  Having had a career as a dancer, he has a great understanding of the needs of dancers.