Providing Physiotherapy for the Royal Ballet and the Challenges of Hypermobility

Thursday, 07 December 2017


From 1900 to 2100

Medico-Chirurgical Hall

Miss Moira McCormack MSc, Physiotherapist – Dance Specialist.

Moira was trained at the Royal Ballet School and danced with the Royal Ballet Company, National Ballet of Canada and London Festival Ballet. After a dance career she trained as a ballet teacher working internationally before embarking on physiotherapy training at Guy’s Hospital.

Moira has been working for many years as a dance specialist physiotherapist and was Head of Physiotherapy at the Royal Ballet Company in London for 13 years.  She now works part-time to allow PhD studies at University College London. Her interests are hypermobility in dance, classical ballet training and reducing the risk of injury in the profession.

Moira teaches on the Diploma in Dance Teaching at the Royal Ballet School and lectures for the MSc in Sports Medicine and the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL. She is also currently providing physiotherapy services to the production of ‘An American in Paris’ in the West End.

Over the last 15 years she has seen huge progress in the way dancers are cared for in the UK and this serves only to inspire further research and initiatives to enhance the art form.

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