The Dance Specific Fitness Tests (DSFT) were developed by Dr Emma Redding and Dr Matt Wyon, which incorporate the Dance Aerobic Fitness Test (DAFT) as originally developed with the Dance Faculty at Trinity Laban.
The first scientifically validated aerobic and anaerobic fitness
tests designed specifically for dancers. Research shows that
cardiorespiratory fitness is an important part of a dancer's
training because the physiological demands of dance performance can
be extremely high. Dancers need good stamina to work at their best,
delay the onset of fatigue and help prevent fatigue-induced
The Contemporary and Ballet Tests consist of five progressive
four-minute stages that use dance movement to test aerobic fitness
. The High-Intensity Test comprises four shorter one-minute bouts
of dance movement to anaerobic fitness. The dancers perform as many
stages as they can. During the tests, the dancers' heart rate is
measured in-between stages using either the manual HR method or a
heart rate monitor, to measure aerobic or anaerobic capacity.
Published articles about the Dance Specific Fitness
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The Dance Specific Fitness Tests DVD/CD pack is
available for purchase and includes full DVD instructions,
demonstrations and music CD to accompany the tests. Please go
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The Dance Specific Fitness Tests DVD, CD and
booklet can be purchased for £50 incl VAT. Postage &
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Last updated on Thu 16 May 2013 14.01h