Dance Science

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My work within dance science is varied and multifaceted.  I am continuously inspired by the role that dance science can play in developing dance sector knowledge and practice, especially in how we can apply research to advance understanding of how to optimise performance.  Since graduating with distinction from TrinityLaban in 2009 with an MSc Dance Science, I have been variously involved in dance science education and research, consultancy and dancer health across the UK.  These roles have included:

  • Teaching and learning:  Depending on the context and demands of the client as well as the learning needs of the group, my teaching and learning work draws on performance psychology, physiology and biomechanics, somatic practice, body conditioning and dance technique to enhance understanding and optimise the performance of the dancing and knowing body.
  • Mentoring and training: From informal support for artists and practitioners to supervision for undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and projects.  I chair the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Dance Educators’ Committee and also sit on the Expert Panel for One Dance UK Children and Young People to support and advocate for the development of high quality youth dance opportunities which promote their health and wellbeing.
  • Curriculum development:  At the University of Bedfordshire I wrote and developed the MSc Dance Science programme in 2011, commended internally as an exceptionally thorough and well-conceived programme of postgraduate study.  It continues successfully to attract students from across the country interested in developing their practice in dance science, education and applied health contexts.  At the University of Suffolk, I re-devised the BA (Hons) Dance in the Community degree programme to broaden its scope and attract a breadth of potential students, to include modules for study on somatic-informed dance science study and its application to working with different community groups.  This continues through the review of curricula at the DanceEast CAT as well as the creation of schemes of work and research-in-teaching proposals for various partners, including DanceEast and East Youth Dance.
  • Research and evaluation consultancy: Including dance for health (Youth Dance England; Dance Up; dancedigital; Dance Network Association), curriculum development (DanceEast) and community practice (DanceEast, Norfolk Dance, Dance Up and many others).
  • Professional development: Various lectures, presentations and workshops across the UK in positive psychology, research methods and practice as research, body awareness, conditioning and fitness training for dancers.
  • Screening: Planning, coordinating and carrying out screening programmes for pre-vocational dancers as part of a multidisciplinary team at DanceEast CAT.  Disseminating screening data to children and young people, parents and staff involved in the CAT scheme.
  • Conferences: Conference convenor From motivation to movement (2011) 1st International Congress in Dance and Health; Steering group member Dance UK Psychology Conference (2013); Presenter at various international conferences; Conference Convenor International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Regional Meeting – a partnership between One Dance UK and DanceEast focussed on The Adolescent Dancer (2017).
  • Safe and effective dance practice: Development of course content and materials, training and mentoring for the Trinity Certificate in Safe and Effective Dance Practice.
  • Memberships: International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Education Committee Chair; One Dance UK member, People Dancing member; Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

More information about these can be found in the biography, research and education work pages of the site.

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