Trinity Laban’s Dance Science and Health departments are excited to announce that we are now offering our specialist dance screening services to the wider dance sector.
Information about screening
days in JUNE coming soon...
We are offering a Special Introductory Offer for the
full fundamental screening package, including the functional
£80 per individual
This service is offered as part of Trinity Laban's partnership
National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science.
Booking: Please call 0208 305 9479 or book online.
Once you have registered and logged in, please click the
'Health Therapies' tab and select 'Dancer Screening'.
There are a limited number of places available so book early to
avoid disappointment. Further screening days will be offered later
in the year.
What is involved?
The screening takes approximately 1.5 hours and includes the
Body Composition and Anthropometric
The body composition analyses will provide you with an in-depth
profile of your body's shape, size, and composition. This involves
measuring your height and weight to derive your Body Mass Index
(BMI) and measurements with skinfold callipers and tape measures to
estimate your percentage body fat and different body dimensions.
Performers should aim to maintain a healthy BMI along with a
healthy body composition in order to optimise performance.
Range of Motion/ Flexibility Measurements:
Joint range of motion and muscle flexibility are often important
aspects of dance performance. This series of tests focuses on
hip range of motion and surrounding muscle flexibility in a number
of planes of movement.
Measurements are taken both actively (meaning that the leg is
actively lifted into flexion, engaging the muscles of the leg in
the action) and passively (meaning that the tester guides the leg
to its maximum flexion, allowing the musculature to release).
Functional and healthy active and passive hip range of motion can
be an important factor for optimal performance potential and
reducing injury risks.
The single leg raise test is an indicator of the range of motion
and muscle flexibility (with a particular focus on the hamstring
muscle group) of the hip joint in flexion.
Turn-out and turn-in (hip-rotation) are measured using a
specially designed foot plate (Functional Footprints) which assess
active hip rotation.
Muscular Strength, Endurance and Power
Functional upper body muscular strength, endurance and power are
important in many movements, in particular for performing lifts and
upper-body weight bearing actions. Muscular strength, endurance and
power in the lower limbs are important to be able to propel your
body through space, such as in jumps or travel sequences.
The tests included in this series will measure core muscular
endurance (sustaining a plank position), upper body strength and
endurance (press-up test), lower limb power (maximal vertical jump
height) and lower limb endurance (repetitive jump test).
Functional Physiotherapy Assessment: (30
Undertake a functional assessment with our Physiotherapist to
investigate previous injury history and evaluate potential risk for
future injury. The range of assessments carried out by the
Physiotherapist are designed to uncover any potential injury risk
factors present in the body, such as specific tightness, weakness,
range of motion restrictions and/ or muscular imbalances. This will
therefore give you invaluable information about your body and allow
you to take steps to reduce these risks through training, before
Optional Extra: Dance Specific Fitness Testing
(£12 per individual)
The Dance Aerobic Fitness Test assesses your aerobic fitness
within the specific context of dance activity. The test consists of
five stages of dance movement, each four minutes in duration. As
the test progresses throughout each stage, the intensity, movement
and tempo will gradually increase and therefore become more
demanding on the aerobic energy system. The different stages are
designed to represent intensities experienced by dancers in both
class and performance.
This test was developed here at Trinity Laban and was the first
scientifically validated aerobic capacity fitness test for
Please see further information about this test here or visit the
online shop to order your copy of the DVD/CD testing pack.
Last updated on Thu 16 May 2013 14.01h