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Rest and win!

Posted on July 4, 2014

square dancers need rest

square-dancers-need-restDancers who post pictures of themselves at rest can win goodies from Dance UK and our sister magazine, Dancing Times! The pictures are part of a social media campaign to promote the importance of rest for dancers. During July and August 2014, dancers are encouraged to share photographs of themselves resting, posted to facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #dancersneedrest.

Erin Sanchez, Dance UK Healthier Dancer programme manager, and ZoĆ« Anderson, news editor of Dance Today, will choose the best photograph. The winner will receive a year’s Dance UK membership, a Dancing Times subscription and a selection of books about dancers’ health.

Entry is open to all professional and student dancers, and to anyone else who loves dancing. Photographs can show dancers doing anything that offers a rest from normal dance training and performing: reading, sunbathing, sightseeing, yoga… the more creative, the better! The deadline is August 31, 2014, and the winning image will be printed in the October issue of Dancing Times.

The campaign is part of Dance UK’s work promoting healthier dance practice. Adequate rest is a vital component of a balanced training programme. It gives the brain and body time to process movement and information, as well as reducing the physical and psychological risks of burnout and overuse injuries. See for more information.


Picture: ENB dancer Senri Kou takes a break

Photograph: ASH Photography

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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