Imogen Aujla

Role

Guest Lecturer (Dance Science)

Contact details

Biography

Imogen Aujla PhD is Senior Lecturer in Dance Science and Course Leader of the new MSc Dance Science at the University of Bedfordshire. She originally trained as a dancer before specialising in dance science. Her area of expertise is talent, in particular the factors that influence commitment to the talent development process. She sits on the Publications Committee of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.

Qualifications / Educational Background

  • PhD Dance Science
  • MSc Dance Science
  • BA (Hons) Dance
  • Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (City & Guilds)

Teaching Experience

  • Dance lecturer (technique and dance science), West Herts College, Watford, 2006-2008
  • Dance lecturer (technique), University of East London, 2007-2008
  • Guest lecturer: Trinity Laban (dance science), Body Work (dance science), Open University (technique), Roehampton University (dance science) and Bird College (dance science).

Creative Outputs

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Walker, I.J., Nordin-Bates, S.M., & Redding, E. (in press). A mixed methods investigation of dropout in young talented dancers: Findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training.Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.

Nordin-Bates, S.M., Quested, E., Walker, I.J., & Redding, E. (in press). Climate change in the dance studio: Findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training.Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology.

Walker, I.J., Nordin-Bates,S. M.,& Redding, E. (2011). Talent characteristics in dance and age group differences: Findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training.High Ability Studies, 22(1), 43-60.

Nordin-Bates,S. M.,Walker, I.J., & Redding, E. (2011).Correlates of disordered eating attitudes among male and female young talented dancers: Findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 19(3), 211-233.

Nordin-Bates,S. M.,Walker, I.J., Baker, J., Garner, J., Hardy, C., Irvine, S., Jola, C., Laws, H., & Blevins, P. (2011).Injury, imagery, and self-esteem in dance: Healthy minds in injured bodies?Journal of Dance Medicine and Science,15(2), 76-85.

Walker, I.J., & Nordin-Bates, S.M. (2010). Performance anxiety experiences of professional dancers: The importance of control.Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 14(4), 133-145.

Walker, I.J., Nordin-Bates, S.M., & Redding, E. (2010). Talent identification and development in dance: A review of the literature.Research in Dance Education, 11(3), 165-189.[Selected as part of Arts Education Editors' Choice 2011].

Peer-reviewed conference presentations

Redding, E., Nordin-Bates, S.M., & Walker, I.J. (2011). Is talent innate or trainable?Foundations for Excellence Conference, Dartington, 1 March.

Redding, E., Nordin-Bates, S., Walker, I.J., Quested, E. (2010). Physical and psychological aspects of talent development in young dancers: finding from a government funded pre-vocational training programme. International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 20th Annual Meeting, Birmingham, UK, 28-31 October. Symposium consisting of:
- Walker, I.J., Nordin-Bates, S.M., & Redding, E. (2010). Talent characteristics in dance and age group differences.
- Redding, E., Walker, I.J., & Nordin-Bates, S.M. (2010). Dance styles as predictors of aerobic fitness.
- Nordin-Bates, S.M., Quested, E., Walker, I.J., & Redding, E. (2010). Climate change in the dance studio.

Walker, I.J., Laws, H., Redding, E., & Nordin-Bates, S.M. (2010). Developing talent in young people: Findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training. Youth Dance England 2010: A Shared Vision for the Future, London, 23-24 September.

Walker, I.J., Nordin-Bates, S.M., & Redding, E. (2010). Commitment to elite dance training: Findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training. The British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 14-16 April, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Walker, I.J., Redding, E., and Nordin-Bates, S.M. (2009). Passion and well-being in young dancers. The 19th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, The Hague, The Netherlands, 29-31 October.

Redding, E., Nordin-Bates, S & Walker, I.J. (2009). Can demographic variables and dance styles predict indicators or physical fitness and injury in dancers? International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 19th Annual Meeting, The Hague, The Netherlands, 29-31 October.

Nordin-Bates, S., Walker, I.J. & Redding, E. (2009). Relating disordered eating attitudes and menstrual status to perfectionism and sleep quality. International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 19th Annual Meeting, The Hague, The Netherlands, 29-31 October.

Batson, G., Redding, E., Irvine, S., McGill, A., Blazy, L & Walker, I.J. (2009). Screening for balance deficits in dancers: A multi-site validation of a dance specific instrument. International Association for Dance Medicine & Science 19th Annual Meeting, The Hague, The Netherlands, 29-31 October.

Walker, I.J., Nordin-Bates, S.M., Redding, E., and Irvine, S. (2009). Dance talent in young people: A unique approach to interdisciplinary research and pedagogy in dance training. Congress on Research in Dance Special Conference: Global Perspectives on Dance Pedagogy Research and Practice, De Monfort University, UK, 25-27 June.

Nordin-Bates, S.M., Walker, I.J., Redding, E., Quested, E., and Duda, J.L. (2009). Motivational climate and perfectionism in young dancers: Findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training. International Society of Sport Psychology 12th World Congress, 17-21 June, Marrakesh, Morocco.

Nordin-Bates, S.M., Walker, I.J., and Redding, E. (2009). Understanding young dancer talent: The first findings from the Centres for Advanced Training research project. Foundations for Excellence: Preventative Strategies and Performance Enhancement, 24 February, Dartington Hall, UK.

Walker, I.J. (2007). Proprioception in Contemporary Dancers and Controls. From Cognition to Conditioning: The UK Dance Science Forum, Middlesex University, UK, 19 February.

Foundations for Excellence (DfE) Information sheets:

Walker, I., Nordin, S. M., & Clark, T. (2009). Losing yourself in the dance, or lost to nerves? Performance anxiety and flow in music and dance. http://www.foundations-for-excellence.org/

Clark, T., Nordin, S. M. & Walker, I. (2009). Beyond physical practice: Psychological skills training for enhanced performance. http://www.foundations-for-excellence.org/

External appointments

The journal article Talent identification and development in dance: A review of the literaturewas selected as part of Arts Education Editors' Choice 2011.

First prize awarded for research poster,Commitment to elite dance training: Findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training, at the British Psychological Society Conference in 2010.

Awards

First prize awarded for research poster, Commitment to Dance Training, at the British Psychological Society Conference, 2009

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