I’m fascinated by the links between science and the arts. Not two separate cultures but one, feeding and encouraging each other. This article looks at the links between health science and ballet. Obvious on hind site but it makes sense. Giving ballet dancers access to the resources of a top professional football team: sports scientists, physiotherapists, dietitians, psychologists… That lifts standards and the art moves forward. Science makes this possible.
Could new science and high-tech training protect dancers from the injuries that end so many of their careers far too early? Mark Bailey investigates