Trinity Laban Health Induction Activities 2015

On Monday the 7th September, we embarked on what tend to be the busiest few weeks of the academic calendar, induction. The Trinity Laban Health department forms part of the student services team and as such, we look forward to welcoming new students from across the globe as they begin their training at Trinity Laban. We know that dance related injury incidence is high the UK and therefore it is likely that at some point throughout training, dance, and or musical theatre students may need to seek advice or support from a member of the TL Health team. Whether this be in the form of treatment, a rehabilitation programme guided by one of our physiotherapists or to simply pop down for a quick chat our door is always open. The department does not only seek to support dance students however; musicians can experience physical problems too. Instrumentalists and vocalists like all performing artists often have to perform to the limit, with intense practice schedules and late night performances. As a result, the risk of acquiring injuries that can lead to difficulties or an inability to play or sing can increase. At Trinity Laban Health we seek to help prevent injuries through educating and empowering students and to support students in the management and rehabilitation of existing injuries. This year we put on a number of events in order to personally meet as many new students as possible and to highlight the support services, treatments and workshops on offer. Here’s a quick look at what we go up to.

Physiotherapist Tania Amorim discusses some safe stretching techniques to a busy studio of new BA Contemporary Dance Students.

Physiotherapist Tania Amorim discusses some safe stretching techniques with a busy studio of new BA Contemporary Dance Students.

Our first ‘Healthy Performing Artist’ session for new BA Contemporary Dance students attracted nearly a hundred students. In the session we provided an overview of the Dance Science and Health Musculoskeletal and Fitness Screen. This service allows students access to information about their own physical capabilities and can help to identify potential injury risk. It can help inform and empower to students to know more about their own bodies as they embark on their training. In line with this idea, Trinity Laban Health Physiotherapist Tania Amorim provided some safe and effective warm-up, cool down tips along with some practical ideas for safe stretching techniques.

Physiotherapist Isabel Artigues Cano discusses the theory behind important warm-up principles for musicians.

Physiotherapist Isabel Artigues Cano discusses the theory behind important warm-up principles for musicians.

The second in our series of Healthy Performing Artist talks was delivered by Physiotherapist Isabel Artigues Cano to new Music students. Musicians’ attendance rates were the highest we have seen in recent years and it was great to meet so many of the new cohorts personally at this session. Isabel discussed the signs and symptoms of common injuries for both instrumentalists and vocalists and provided invaluable warm-up, cool down and injury prevention tips.

Aside from our presentations, our stall remained on the ramp in the Laban building for the duration of the two week long induction. This was another opportunity for us  to meet as many new students as possible as well as greet some familiar returning faces. Our brand new survival kits for both musicians and dancers were also available for purchase here and included spiky balls, resistance bands, foot rollers among other items.

Physiotherapist Katy Chambers demonstrating a calf muscle release exercise with spikey balls that were available in our survival kits.

Physiotherapist Katy Chambers demonstrating a calf muscle release exercise with spiky balls available in our survival kits.

We also had the chance to get to know a number of new graduate school and BA Musical Theatre Performance (BAMTP) students. Physiotherapist Katy Chambers, provided some alternative warm-up ideas, using Yoga techniques for BAMTP students. This was followed by a muscular release based session with the aim of using these techniques to help prevent injuries. Our postgraduates engaged in a discussion around safe dance practice from the perspective of both dancer and choreographer with Edel Quin Programme Leader of the MSc Dance Science.

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Finally to round off a very busy two weeks, a few members of the team attended the international student event. The British style picnic with outdoor games and entertainment was the perfect way to end the induction period. This was another fantastic opportunity to get to know new students and we hope this continues over the coming weeks.

The Trinity Laban Health Team


Animate Orchestra at the BFI

Trinity Laban’s creative orchestra for young people visited the British Film Institute, Southbank for a creative day of film and music making

A couple of weeks ago, 35 young, enthusiastic musicians took a trip to the British Film Institute to experience a cross arts project involving drama, screen writing, directing, comedy, filming and music making. The group was made up of musicians between the ages of 9 and 15 from the Boroughs of Greenwich, Lewisham, Lambeth, and Southwark who have previously attended Animate Orchestra courses.


These courses run throughout the year during school holidays and typically involve participants working alongside professional musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and local music hubs to create a new piece of music from a given stimulus. The two summer holiday trips provide an opportunity for members to try something different, whether this is experiencing a different art form or genre of music, or gaining an insight into a different culture at some of London’s leading arts institutions. In the past, Animate Orchestra have visited Gamelan Southbank, the Royal Academy of Arts, the BBC Proms and Chickenshed Theatre Company.

On arrival at the BFI, the group were presented with a hand held camera, countless boxes filled with costumes and props, face paints and a blank sheet of paper. Within 2 hours, and with the support and expertise of BFI tutors and volunteers, this had been transformed into 5 short zombie movies. The afternoon session saw them returned to their comfort zone as thought was given to how they could use their instruments and percussion provided to create an effective soundtrack that reflected the action on screen. The day culminated with a screening of each group’s film accompanied by a live soundtrack.

Below is just one of the examples that Animate produced on the day, this one is called Zombie Ant!

And below are a couple of screen grabs from the the films Zombie Restaurant (top photo) and Zombie Prison (bottom photo):

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Lizzy Green
Projects Coordinator, Learning and Participation (Music)