Studying here makes me believe that there’s a purpose to what I want to do: there’s going to be a real career out there for me…It’s still quite a new field, but I have a lot of ambition and enthusiasm, and I think the reality is I will be able to pursue my dream…because of the research I’m doing here at Trinity Laban.
I think the key thing for me being a dance scientist working here at Trinity Laban is the access we have to dancers. Although I could probably could have pursued a similar line of research – the psychology line of research – in a larger institution, in a university within a psychology department, it would have been really hard for me to actually get my hands on dancers, and even to be in the environment where there’s a lot of dancers. Just walking around when I come in to the building in the morning when there’s dancers walking around everywhere gives a lot of meaning to my research and it’s embedded in a real context, which is really great for me.
My experience of Trinity Laban, I’d say, has been a really fantastic one. It makes me feel very valued, and very validated in what I want to do with myself. When I was in a larger university setting with lots of people on my course, and I developed this real desire to go and study dance science and dance psychology, it was sort of a dream. But now the reality is that I’m here and I’m doing it; it makes me believe that there’s a purpose to what I wanted to do: there’s going to be a real career out there for me – which maybe won’t be easy, it’s still quite a new field – but I have a lot of ambition and enthusiasm. I think the reality is that I really will be able to pursue those dreams I want, because of the research I’m doing at Trinity Laban.