Exploring the Science behind the Art
Dance Science is a fast growing area of research and study. Its aims are to investigate ways of understanding and enhancing dance practice through a variety of methodological approaches and explores the impact of dance on areas of health and well-being among other populations.
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A partner in the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science
Trinity Laban is proud to be one of six partners in the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS). NIDMS aims, through shared expertise and a network of multidisciplinary hub-sites and partners, to provide access for all dancers to high quality, evidence-based, dance specific healthcare and dance science services. For more information please visit the NIDMS website.
Launch of Dance and Disabilities Research
On 14th March 2013 Dance 4, Nottingham launched the findings of a significant research study undertaken by Trinity Laban into dance talent among young people with disabilities.
Download the full research reports and find our more about this project on our research pages.
Research partnership with Wayne McGregor|Random Dance R-Research Department
In 2011 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Wayne McGregor|Random Dance R-Research Department established a partnership to develop a joint dance science research project to study the creative process in dance.
Several experimental pilot studies at Trinity Laban have been conducted in the last year, discussions with staff and students organised, and a large grant application is in the early planning stage. On 19October 2012 Trinity Laban and WM|RD co-hosted a one-day interdisciplinary seminar for invited guests only entitled: "Imagery and Creativity in Performing Arts: decision making, problem solving and breaking habits".
On Wednesday 20 March, Tony Thatcher and Emma Redding were invited to give a presentation at the new Cognition Institute, University of Plymouth as part of the institute's 1st Symposium on mental imagery and creativity. http://cognition.plymouth.ac.uk/annual-conference-lure-new/
The aim of Tony and Emma's presentation was to share a choreographic process which incorporates touch and score in order to pose questions around that process in relation to existing reference on dance imagery. This presentation was given as part of the research strand of the Trinity Laban partnership with Random Dance Wayne McGregor. The Random Dance researchers Professor Jon May, School of Psychology at University of Plymouth, Phil Barnard (formerly at the Medical Institute for Cognition, Cambridge University) and Scott deLaHunta also participated in the Symposium.
Passion, Pathways and Potential in Dance: Trinity Laban Research Report 2011
Download the full research report which includes the background to the research, methods, key findings in seven main areas, and recommendations for teaching. Delegates at the Passion, Pathways and Potential in Dance symposium, on 27 October 2011, received this report as part of their delegate packs.