Dance Science Research

In addition to our MSc programme, the Dance Science department is constantly involved in undertaking research, and collaborating with external organisations to provide consultancy in areas such as investigating dance within community settings, optimising performance health, and devising performer-specific training.

Through a variety of scientific methodological approaches the Dance Science department explores quantitative and qualitative aspects of dance training and performance and investigates the impact of dance on areas of health and well-being among other populations.

Our partners within this area of Dance Science range from commissioning bodies such as regional councils, to professional dance companies at the forefront of the dance industry in the UK.

Listed below are the different research projects that have been undertaken by the Dance Science department at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Click on the links for more information, and to view the research reports.


Helping dancers meet the physical demands of contemporary dance

A Trinity Laban team led an informative and well received seminar on the work of their world leading Dance Science Department at the Dance UK conference held on Saturday 11 April 2015.

Trinity Laban’s Head of Dance Science, Dr Emma Redding, explained the aims of the dance science team – how looking at physiological needs of dancers informs training and preparation and better prepares dancers for the demands that choreography places on the body.

Dancer Jessica Wright demonstrated the gas analyser, which shows the team the correlations between certain aspects of dance movement and the physiological effects on the body.

Edel Quin, MSc Dance Science  Programme Leader, asked what can be learnt from measuring dance in this way and said there is a clear need for the dance community to be more aware of what they are preparing dancers for.

Read the full article by Lara Hayward at London Dance.

Pictured – James Pett and Jessica Wright are dancers with Wayne McGregor | Random Dance with whom Trinity Laban works in partnership on a variety of projects.

Photo credit – Chris Nash.


Partnership with Wayne McGregor|Random Dance R-Research Department (2011 - Present)

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".

As this exciting research continues to progress more information will be posted on this website and availible at the 'In this section' links above.

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