One Dance UK and the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science are working in partnership with psychologists at the University of Chichester and Minding the Gap to carry out a research project across the whole of the dance sector to establish an evidence base about the mental wellbeing and mental health needs of dance students and professionals.
Awareness of the prevalence and implications of mental wellbeing and challenges within the dance sector is growing. Unfortunately, the evidence is currently extremely limited, which means that things like funding for increased support, education, and policy development are difficult to justify. This research follows on from the Fit to Dance research carried out by Dance UK previously and builds on this research by including validated measures in both wellbeing and mental health concerns. There is a need to establish what concerns dancers are facing right now to mobilise resources and support to help them.
Support is vital in helping us understand the mental health strengths and needs of the sector. So if you would like to take part in this survey please click the link below.
The survey takes roughly 20 minutes, is completely anonymous and can be found here.