14 January 2016 at 3.53pm | 4 Comments
In 2013 The Royal Ballet's Mason Healthcare Suite was opened, and since then has provided vital healthcare facilities the 100 dancers of the Company.
Named after former Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason, the facility helps dancers avoid and recover from injury.
'The facilities at The Royal Ballet are very similar to what you might imagine at a Premiership football club,’ says Greg Retter, Clinical Director of Ballet Healthcare.
Greg leads a team of healthcare professionals dedicated to supporting the dancers' fitness and wellbeing through therapies including massage, physiotherapy, Pilates and Gyrotonic training.
‘If I’m feeling a bit tight and my body is feeling a bit squashed I can come and use the Gyrotonic machine to lengthen', says Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson. 'If I’m feeling like I need a little bit more strength or balance work I can come and use the Pilates equipment and be instructed in that way. I can also use the gym if I’ve got a big partnering role coming up, so I can build myself up.'
Ensuring that every dancer achieves a long and full career is at the core of The Royal Ballet Healthcare team's work and is essential for the continued success of the Company.
‘The Healthcare Suite is so important for dancers,' says Royal Ballet First Artist, Gemma Pitchley-Gale. 'It’s there as support and we are so lucky to have this on site.’
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The creation of the Ballet Healthcare Suite generously supported by The Clore Duffield Foundation, The Headley Trust , The Linbury Trust, The Quercus Trust, Sir Simon and Lady Robertson, John and Susan Burns and Gail and Gerald Ronson through The Gerald Ronson Foundation.
Ballet Healthcare this Season is being is being supported by The Headley Trust and The Quercus Trust.