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Posted on July 22, 2014


Dancers who post pictures of themselves at rest can win goodies from Dancing Times and Dance UK! With Dance UK, we have launched 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’s Healthier Dancer programme manager, and Zoë Anderson, news editor of Dancing Times, will choose the best photograph. The winner will receive a year’s Dance UK membership, a 12-month 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. For more information, see

Pictured are English National Ballet’s Grant Rae, James Streeter and Laurent Liotardo. Photograph: ASH.

Jonathan Gray is editor of Dancing Times. He studied at The Royal Ballet School, Leicester Polytechnic, and Wimbledon School of Art where he graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. For 16 years he was a member of the curatorial department of the Theatre Museum, London, assisting on a number of dance-related exhibitions, and helping with the recreation of original designs for a number of The Royal Ballet’s productions including Danses concertantes, Daphnis and Chloë, and The Sleeping Beauty. He has also contributed to the Financial Times, written programme articles for The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and is co-author of the book Unleashing Britain: Theatre gets real 1955-64, published in 2005.

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