Faculty of Dance commences research on mindfulness meditation

Naomi Lefebvre Sell

With support from Trinity Laban and Arts Council England, Dr Naomi Lefebvre Sell, Year 2 Undergraduate Studies Coordinator for Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Dance, commences extensive research into mindfulness meditation and dance this month.

For this Research and Development project, Naomi will be expanding upon her current choreographic and dance pedagogy expertise to explore how mindfulness meditation can impact upon the wider world outside that of the dance-maker. Continuing an eight-year collaboration with Lucille Teppa and Tara Silverthorn, she will also be involving the students of Trinity Laban’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme. Professor Sarah Whatley supports the team as a mentor.

On this exciting opportunity, Lucille says:

“It is fantastic to benefit from an opportunity to conduct such a stimulating project. It feels like a luxury to be given the chance to really dig into an area of interest, with a perfect time frame to articulate our findings. 

Moreover, this research draws on a long-term collaboration which began back in 2007 and which has provided us with a shared experience and language that have filtered through our individual artistic journeys. It is particularly inspiring to get back in the studio together now, each of us bringing in a deeper understanding gained through time. 

This collaborative frame feels rich, dynamic and promising.”

The project stems from Naomi’s doctoral research and book chapter, co-authored with Professor Sarah Whatley, and published in 2015. “It is likely to generate some very exciting and novel results that could potentially have a broad impact, in dance training and professional practice,” Sarah explains.

Tara shares her hopes for the research outcomes:

“I am looking forward to gaining a few insights into how this work might benefit others who value dancing. I also very much hope to further understand and integrate what 'mindfulness' means to my own life as an artist and within a larger context.”

Naomi is an Arts Council grant recipient. To find out more, please visit the Arts Council England website.

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