In addition to our educational programmes, the Dance Science Department is recognised as an international leader in the fast-growing area of research.
We collaborate 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.
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 in 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.
Partnership With Studio Wayne McGregor
In 2011, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Studio Wayne McGregor 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 years, discussions with staff and students organised, and a large grant application is in the early planning stage. In 2012, Trinity Laban and Studio Wayne McGregor 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.
There are many opportunities for MSc graduates: in academia as lecturers, course and programme leaders and researchers, or in the dance profession as dance educators, better informed dancers and dance teachers, dance science coaches and dance company physiologists and psychologists.
Performance Health And Training
As a physical activity and a creative art form, dance can make a vital contribution to the healthy-living agenda. It has the capacity to provide an active, non-competitive form of exercise that can positively affect physical health and psychological wellbeing across different populations in the community.Performance Health & Training Findings
Dance Specific Fitness Test
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.
The Cat Research Project
The Department of Education and The Leverhulme Trust jointly funded this ground-breaking three-year longitudinal dance science project at Trinity Laban. The project used scientific methods to examine the processes of developing talent in dancers aged 10-18 years.Find Out More
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