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Focus on: health

From the editor

This issue focuses on some of the different ways that dance artists are approaching health issues: a project that encompasses the wider health issues of participation in dance though a partnership between dance and the sports sector in East London; dance's contribution to a mental health project; and Protein Dance working in a hospital school. Finally we look at an ambitious international initiative of the Connect Team at Sadler's Wells, which worked with young people in the UK and Namibia looking at HIV and sex education.

We have also developed further our Professional Framework for Community Dance and this issue publish some current definitions of community dance, a set of core values for the profession and a code of professional conduct.These were identified during our original consultations with FCD members and the dance sector more generally as priorities, and have been produced with the support of our development partners. The article sets out some of the ways in which we hope you can use them to support your work, test their effectiveness, and let us know what you think.

In the coming months we will be publishing a series of policy documents that the staff and Board of the Foundation for Community Dance have been working on, to assist us to clarify our priorities for the coming period and to assist our members in providing a rationale for them to engage in these areas of work. The policy areas are: Dance and 2012;Dance and Disabled People; Dance and Health; Workforce Development and community dance in an International context. Our intention is to evolve future issues of Animated to reflect all of these priorities, to better support our readers and associates in their work.

Ken Bartlett, Creative Director, Foundation for Community Dance
In this issue
Critical faculties
Our roving columnist Donald Hutera is mad about a Swiss museum of 'outsider' art. But what has this got to do with dance?
From the editor
Ken Bartlett, Creative Director, Foundation for Community Dance
The focus: health
Strictly Bed...vroom
Carolyn Naish and Manuela Beste on a dance programme developed with young participants in a hospital school
Fiona Ross on Sadler's Wells education team with Ctrl.Alt.Shift on a project about sex education and the political engagement of young people
Move it!
Karen Bell looks at how local authority and primary care partners evaluate and value dance with young people
DansAthletic - the marriage of the dance and sport sectors?
Polly Risbridger and Tia Hassan on the recent launch of DansAthletic:  A Teachers Resource, inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Dance to make you 'feel good'
Gerry Turvey describes her work in dance and mental health
In conversation
Conflict, content and context in the ageing body
Debbie Lee-Anthony on the 'extraordinary poetry of the ageing dancer'
I haven't stopped dancing yet...
Karen Gallagher, Artistic Director of Merseyside Dance Initiative, in conversation with Rachel Rogers
Intercultural Dialogue
Moving words
Soo Wright describes a creative dance project that supports people in learning English
Unpacking ballet in Beijing
Jonathan Silverman and Martha Ming Whitfield describe a professional development initiative with Royal Opera House Education in Beijing
Professional Development
Definitions, core values and a code of conduct for community dance
Ken Bartlett and Chris Stenton present current definitions, core values and a code of professional conduct for community dance.