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In addition to our educational programmes, the Dance Science Department is recognised as an international leader in research.

By recognising the dancer as an artistic athlete, the field of Dance Science seeks to address the challenges and enablers to succeed, which includes exploring optimal pedagogical and performance environments for all dancers from all dance genres and backgrounds.  Our research underpins and drives the developments both at Trinity Laban and worldwide in the area of dancer health and training.

We undertake research into the physiological and psychological demands of dance across different genres, talent development and training, screening & injury prevention, somatics & creativity, and dance for health and well-being.

Trinity Laban is ideally placed to conduct similar research with musicians and other performing arts and have recently undertaken substantial research into the health and well-being of musicians.

As part of our commitment to expand and extend the definition and remit of dance science research and study, we examine pedagogical and performance environments in all dance genres and styles.

Consultancy, Partnerships and Funding Bodies

We have received funding from Government Departments, trusts, foundations and UK research councils and our commissioning bodies range from regional authorities to professional dance companies. We collaborate to conduct research and/or provide consultancy in areas such as dance-specific fitness, training and the impact of dance on the health and wellbeing of other populations within the wider society.


Partners, collaborators and funding bodies include:

  • National Institute for Dance Medicine and Science
  • Conservatoires UK (CUK)
  • Centres for Advanced Training
  • Coventry University (CDaRE)
  • Plymouth University (Psychology dept)
  • Exeter University
  • Royal College of Music (Centre Performance Science)
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Studio Wayne McGregor
  • CandoCo Dance Company
  • Mimbre
  • Akram Khan Company
  • Far from the Norm
  • The Leverhulme Trust
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Department for Education
  • Wellcome Trust

We are one of the founding partners of the UK’s National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) offering education, conducting research and providing clinical services for the UK dance profession.

Trinity Laban is a long-standing supporter of the International Association for Dance Medicine Science (IADMS) and Head of Dance Science, Professor Emma Redding was its President (2011-13) and member of the IADMS Board of Directors. Several members of the department are actively involved in IADMS as committee chairs and committee members. In 2003, [Trinity] Laban hosted the IADMS annual conference and our faculty and graduates make a significant contribution to the annual IADMS conferences with a consistently high number of presentations.

Following the Musical Impact project which Trinity Laban was involved in, Healthy Conservatoires was constituted  in 2015. Healthy Conservatoires aims to support environments that promote and enhance the health and wellbeing of performing artists, enabling them to achieve their full potential and to build healthy and sustainable careers.


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.

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In addition to our educational programmes, the Dance Science department is constantly involved in working with the wider dance sector. Our aim is to integrate knowledge exchange into our practice and disseminate our research-informed expertise to a wider community. This work includes scientific research and investigation into the impacts of dance within community settings; educational workshops in optimising performance and reducing injury occurrence; developing and undertaking performer-specific testing and training. Our partners range from commissioning bodies, such as regional councils, to professional dance companies at the forefront of the dance industry in the UK.

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