In October 2014, Dr Emma Redding (Head of Dance Science) led the biggest contingent yet of Trinity Laban dance scientists at the annual conference of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) in Switzerland.
Dr Redding, a former President of IADMS (2011-2013), says: “The IADMS conference is the single most important event in the academic calendar for dance science. It provides the biggest forum possible for talks and presentations around dance training, health and performance from everyone who is anyone in the dance science field – and this year included nine presentations from our own world class dance science experts at Trinity Laban.
“What really delighted me this year was that there were many more artistic directors and department heads in attendance than ever before - which firmly demonstrates that dance science is emerging as a more integrated and creative endeavour – and Trinity Laban is at the forefront of this.”
Dr Redding and Dr Roger Wolman from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) also spoke at the conference about being partners in the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) and the dance injury data collected recently at the RNOH. NIDMS aims to provide access for all dancers to high quality, evidence-based, dance specific healthcare and dance science services.
Trinity Laban is known internationally as a leader in Dance Science and was the first institution in the world to offer an MSc in Dance Science in 2001. Since then the student intake has increased, with around 20 full time students enrolling each year.
Picture credit – Chris Nash