Dance Health Finland - Anniversary Seminar

20 Years of Dance Medicine and Science in Finland

November 12th-13th 2021 | in-person in Helsinki & virtually

Dance Health Finland is a non-profit organization which has been promoting the mental and physical wellbeing of dance and circus artists, students and educators in Finland for 20 years. This November we are celebrating our 20th anniversary by putting together a seminar which you can join in-person or virtually from wherever you are based. Participants also have personal access to the recordings of the sessions until the 31st of January 2022. 

We invite all dance and circus artists, educators and students as well as the healthcare professionals working within performing arts and willing to deepen their knowledge to join us!

The theme for our english seminar programme on Saturday the 13th of November is What can we learn from each other?.  We bring together an international group of experts in dance and sports medicine and science, dance and circus specific rehabilitation, pedagogy, psychology and nutrition to share and come together to discuss their views and findings. How to bridge science and the practice of performing arts? What can we apply from sports to dance and circus, and vice versa? How to bring dance into healthcare and as a part of rehabilitation?  

Saturday 13.11. 10-17:30 pm: What can we learn from each other?

10-10:45 Nico Kolokythas, MSc, ASCC, Ph.D. Strength and conditioning coach

Are Performing Artists Athletes?

10:45-12 Elsa Urmston (MSc PGCAP FHEA, Dance Educator, PhD Candidate, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter), Henri Hänninen ( B.Sc., circus performer, S&C coach, educator) & Atte Niittykangas (Physiotherapist)

Periodization in Performing Arts

12-13 Lunch

13-13:45 Vesa Kuparinen (Head Sports Physiotherapist of Finnish Olympic Commitee/High Performance Unit) & Johanna Osmala (Senior Physiotherapist, Finnish National Ballet)

Return to Sport - Return to Stage

14-15 Åsa Åström (Dancer, Teacher) & Åsa Elowson (Dancer, Teacher, Physiotherapist)

Lecture & Movement Session: Dance for Health - Dance for Parkinson's Disease

15-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-16:30 Paula Thesleff (M.Psych, MSc Sport & Health Sciences, Certified Sports Psychologist) & Suvi Honkanen (Dancer, Writer)

Psychological Safety and Body Image in Performing Arts

16:30-17:15 Mari Lahti, MSc, Sports nutritionist & nutrition coach

Nutrition and Wellbeing for Performing Arts

17:15 Closing remarks

The venue is in Tenholantie 10, 00280 Helsinki. See the location in Google maps. 

Click to meet our speakers! 


Stream via Zoom:

Members: 229€/ 2 days, 122€ / 1 day

Non-members: 270€ / 2 days, 163€ / 1 day

Students: 147€ / 2 days, 81€ / 1 day

In-person participation:

Members: 279 € / 2 days, 149 € / 1 day

Non-members: 329 € / 2 days, 199 € / 1 day

Students: 179 € / 2 days, 99 € / 1 day

** A service charge of 4,50€ will be added to all tickets

The registration at

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Tickets to the Dance for Life -Gala in Aleksanterin Teatteri, Helsinki:

35€ All seminar participants, members of DHF, students, retirees and unemployed

45€ Others 

** A service charge of 1€ will be added to the ticket

Read more about the gala and get your discount ticket here

Tero Saarinen Company: Splice. Dancers: Natasha Lommi & Pekka Louhio. Picture: Kai Kuusisto

Kinetic Orchestra: Wildlife.  In picture: Lyyli Mandelin. Picture: Mikael Ahlfors

Risa Company (Riia Kivimäki & Saku Mäkelä): Don't fear the reaper. Trailer: Teemu Kyytinen