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New Year Honour for Professor Emma Redding

Tue 4 January 2022

Trinity Laban’s Head of Dance Science receives MBE for services to dance

The New Year Honours List recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK and this year Trinity Laban staff have again been recognised for their dedication and talent.

Originally trained as a dancer, Professor Emma Redding wrote the world’s first master’s degree in Dance Science for Trinity Laban in 2001. She has since played a key role in developing dance science as a recognised field of study through her research and international teaching, establishing the conservatoire as a leader in dance science education, research and clinical services.

On receiving an MBE for services to dance, Redding comments –

“I am humbled and hugely grateful to receive an MBE Queen’s Honour for services to dance. Dance and performance science is now a viable and established area of research and study, a collaborative achievement that has involved many talented people. This award is in recognition of a shared and passionate effort by all the dedicated individuals who have contributed to the field.”

Redding teaches physiology and contemporary technique at Trinity Laban alongside her management and research work. She was one of the Principal Investigators of a Conservatoires UK large-scale musicians’ health study funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Co-Investigator of a creativity and imagery study, in collaboration with Plymouth University and Coventry University.

She is also a founding partner of the National Institute for Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) and a former President of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).

Redding was conferred with the title of Professor in Performance Science at Trinity Laban in January 2017.

Also recognised this year was Trinity Laban Honorary Fellow Mark Pemberton, Director of the Association of British Orchestras.