Changing the conversation about health

Dance can help Britain’s health crisis, says Darcey Bussell ahead of conference

Dance and dance fitness can play a significant role in keeping the nation healthy says former Royal Ballet star Darcey Bussell.

The Strictly Come Dancing judge will tell delegates at a conference in April that dancing can have an impact on helping the nation stay fitter.

Bussell, 48, said: ‘We know we have a crisis in health in the UK. This is unacceptable and must be successfully overcome.’

‘From my experience I am convinced that dance and dance fitness can make a meaningful, impactful and cost effective contribution and I will do everything I can to champion it.’

President of the Royal Academy of Dance, Darcey Bussell DBE, says dance and dance fitness can play a significant role in fighting the UK’s health crisis

The star will speak at the second AESOP Arts in Health Conference in April.

In partnership with the College of Medicine and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the conference will focus on how the arts are contributing to current health priorities including reducing demands on the health system, addressing the neglect of mental health, supporting an ageing population and tackling health inequalities.

Tim Joss, Aesop Chief Executive said: “A 2017 All Party Parliamentary Group report found ‘the UK is still very far from realising more than a small modicum of the potential
contribution of the arts to health and wellbeing’.

“The Conference returns at a time when the health system faces even greater challenges and,
encouragingly, the arts sector’s interest in helping improve the national’s health
is growing.’

The event will showcase 24 arts programmes already helping deliver current
health priorities. Each will feature a presentation of the programme, testament
from beneficiaries and health and cost-effectiveness perspectives.

Tickets for the conference at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, on Thursday 19th April, are still available and cost £95 (plus booking fee) including lunch and refreshments. Click here to book or for more information, email: or call 01993 870 161