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Benesh International Student Forum

Benesh International would like to invite current Benesh students and past graduates to attend the Benesh International Student Forum on 17 and 18 February 2018 at the RAD HQ in Battersea, London.

The purpose of the forum is to give current Benesh students and recent graduates practical support and face-to-face interaction between tutors and students. The weekend will be centred on doing live recording and giving students reconstruction tools.

The forum is suitable for students who are studying or have studied BMN4Ballet Units 3 & 4, SRFD 2nd year, CBMN or DPBMN.

Find out more and book.



Helen Atkinson

Helen was a very active member of the Benesh Institute from 1980-1990 during the years of maximum input from the Clinical Development Group.

She was principal of the Coventry School of Physiotherapy (later the Coventry Polytechnic School of Physiotherapy) from 1969 to 1988. She was made a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 1987.

Fired with enthusiasm for the potential of the notation to clinical work, she obtained the Advanced BMN (Clinical) Diploma in 1980 and was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Choreology in 1986. In 1989 she visited Nagasaki University in Japan and assisted in the introduction of BMN to Japanese medical personnel. As a teacher, she pioneered ways of learning and this led in 1991 to the publishing of an innovative introductory distance learning book for students of physiotherapy and other related disciplines, based on static postures.

Amongst her activities at the BI, she was a member of the Council of Management and Chairman of the Clinical Sub-Committee of the Technical Liaison Committee. As a member of the BMN Clinical Development Group, her expertise in course development led to the validation of the modular Coventry Polytechnic Professional Development Diploma Course on BMN for Clinicians, which ran for several years in Coventry or Nagasaki.

Her special love was for dogs and at one stage, she and her husband had seven. As late as August 2017 she was still engaged in the remedial training of dogs with behavioural problems.

Andrée Grau

Andrée Grau passed away in September 2017 aged 63. She graduated from the Benesh Institute in 1976 and used BMN to document the dances of the Tiwi people of Melville and Bathurst Islands where she was based undertaking fieldwork for her PhD. She was the first anthropologist to utilise BMN in this way. At the time of her death, she was Professor of the Anthropology of Dance at Roehampton University.

The Dance Department at Roehampton University is holding a Celebration of Life event for Andrée Grau on Friday 23 February 2018 from 2-5pm. The afternoon will consist of speeches, music, dance and refreshments. Please come to the Portrait Room, Grove House, Froebel College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5PJ.

All are very welcome. Please do spread the word.