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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.

Dance can function in numerous ways: serving as a vital tool for example, to encourage young people, especially girls into physical activity, or combating social exclusion and maintaining levels of physical activity among the elderly. Laban have been involved in a number of research projects in recent years which have sought to measure the impact of dance within community settings.

Click on the links below to read more about our recent projects:

Music & Dance Science: Optimising Performance Potential via an interdisciplinary profiling and screening programme

In recent years, Laban has been at the forefront of dance science, developing a successful, and constantly improving screening programme for its undergraduate students (Redding et al., 2005). The recently merged Trinity Laban puts staff in a prime position to adapt the dance science model to music and develop more dance-specific screening tests.

Dancers in Training

One hundred first year and 80 third year undergraduate students are screened at the beginning and end of each training year. The programme has helped identify those students who are most ‘at risk’ of sustaining an injury while undertaking full time dance training in order that they can be supported during the early stages of their training with supplementary conditioning programmes and advice about how to work in class. In broader terms, the screening programme is providing baseline data for research purposes about the physical and psychological status of our students and of the effect of Laban’s current 3 year professional dance training.

Identification and Training of Exceptionally Talented Young Dancers (11 – 18 years)

The Laban CAT has been running since January 2007. Each year it auditions and trains a group of exceptionally talented young people between the ages of 11 – 18 in dance, providing regular classes and activities in contemporary dance, choreography, dance fitness and health, and complementary studies. Laban’s Dance Science programme is currently undertaking research to inform the structure and content of the Laban CAT and offer support and advice to the other regional CATs.

Dance Aerobic Fitness Test

The Dance Aerobic Fitness Test was developed at Laban by Dr Emma Redding and Dr Matt Wyon. It was devised to provide a valid and specific test to measure dancers’ fitness across time. It is performed in five stages of increasing intensity in a dance studio using dance movement. There are currently three fitness tests: one contemporary test, one ballet test that uses specifically ballet movement vocabulary and a high intensity test.


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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Trinity Laban is a partner of:

National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science


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