University of Applied Sciences Arnhem and Nijmegen (HAN) organizes in co-operation with the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) the mini symposium ‘Ready to Move?’ on February 17. With this first activity NCPA celebrates its inauguration.

The symposium ‘Ready to Move?’ highlights developments in the field of periodization in dance, sports, and music education in relation to motor control, injuries and coping strategies. The program offers (inter)national key note speakers Elsa Urmston, Matthew Wyon and Jurjen Bosga.

Teachers, students, (para) medics and interested are warmly invited. The symposium will take place on February 17 from 18.00 (walk in with sandwiches and welcoming drinks). The symposium takes places from 19.00 till approximately 21.00. 


Matthew Wyon PhD CSCS, professor in Dance Science at Wolverhampton University UK and co-founder of the National Center of Dance Medicine and Science in the UK. Wyon is also associate professor at ArtEZ School of Dance.

Wyon’s symposium session deals with the approach of training of performers today and how it should reflect the current demands of their respective professions .With the increased diversity of cross-genre collaborations in music, dance, musical theatre and circus arts, there has been a tendency to “pack out” the timetable in educating future performers which has resulted in increased injuries, fatigue and drop out in groups that should be enthused to enter the profession.  It sometimes feels that it is not always the best graduates who succeed but those that have survived.  The lecture will look at how “less is more” and how a long term (3-4 year) view of training should be adopted to facilitate having injury free, optimally prepared and skilful performers ready to enter the their respective professions.

Elsa Urmston MSc, independent researcher and educator in the field of dance.
Urmston has a portfolio career as a dance scientist and educator, having worked in performance, education and community settings across the UK for the last 20 years Elsa currently teaches at the London Contemporary Dance School.

Urmston’s symposium session will focus on the integration of positive psychology into thinking about how to get ready, be ready and stay ready in terms of optimising practice from the context of teaching and learning. Drawing on a range of qualitative, research projects across dance and diving, the focus of this presentation is to examine how positive psychology, with a particular emphasis on Csikszentmihalyi’s flow theory (1996) can inform everyday practice through its explicit focus on the positive aspects of human experience.

Jurjen Bosga PhD, works as a therapist in physiotherapy, manual therapy, respiratory therapy and haptokinetics. He is a researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and member of the professorship Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation at the HAN University for Applied Sciences. His expertise lies in the domain managing redundance at multiple levels of human motor control.  He is also a partner at Fysioheuvelrug, a professional collaboration in Physical Therapy care and research between private offices.

Bosga’s symposium session will go into comparative research of motor learning in sports, music, dance and patient care.


Auditorium HAN Campus, University of Applied Sciences Arnhem en Nijmegen
Address: Kapittelweg 33, Nijmegen.

Announce your attendance

The mini symposium is free. We would like to receive your registration though before February 1 by sending an email to You will receive a confirmation with travel information and about parking. We are looking forward to welcome you.


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