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Catherine Haber

Lecturer in Dance Science

Dance

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Faculty of Dance

Laban Building

Creekside

London

SE8 3DZ

Email: c.haber@trinitylaban.ac.uk

Area of Work

MSc Research Lab + BSc Researching Dance Science
Catherine Haber headshot

Biography

Catherine Haber is a dancer and dance science researcher from Los Angeles, California. She is a Lecturer in Dance Science and the Module Leader of Research Lab in the MSc/MFS Dance Science programme.

 

Catherine graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City, with Bachelors in both Dance and Physics. During her undergraduate studies, she studied abroad at the dance conservatory in the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia. After finishing her Bachelors, Catherine moved to Switzerland to pursue a combination of her passions of dance and science. At the Institute of Sport Science, University of Bern, Catherine completed both a Master of Science in Sport Science Research and a Master of Advanced Studies in Dance Science summa cum laude.

In addition to her teaching at Trinity Laban, Catherine works as a researcher in Dance Science alongside Dr. Andrea Schärli – analysing postural stability during rotation, with a particular focus on the influence of a stabilizing head coordination (spotting) on balance. She has additionally contributed to a variety of dance science research projects, including a Delphi Method survey, a dance intervention with older adults, an imagery intervention with pre-professional dance students, as well as biomechanical analyses of a rehabilitation program progression.

Through her research, Catherine has presented her work at numerous international conferences, including those of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Performing Arts Medicine Association, and the International Society of Biomechanics. Catherine is a dedicated member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, serving on the Student Committee and the Research Committee.

 

Qualifications and Background

  • MSc Sport Science Research, Institute of Sport Science, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • MAS Dance Science, Institute of Sport Science, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • BA Dance, Barnard College of Columbia University, New York
  • BA Physics, Barnard College of Columbia University, New York

Teaching experience

  • Module Leader, M502a Research Lab, MSc/MFA Dance Science, Trinity Laban
  • Lecturer, Researching Dance Science, BSc Dance Science, Trinity Laban
  • Lecturer, CAS Motor Learning and Training, MAS Dance Science, University of Bern

Outputs

Haber, C., Klostermann, A., & Schärli, A. (2019). Biomechanical analysis of balance and spotting in multiple rotations of ballet dancers. In W. Herzog (Ed.), Abstract book of the International/American Society of Biomechanics ISB/ASB 2019. University of Calgary.

 

Haber, C. Schärli, A. (2019). Biomechanical analysis of the Dance-Specific, Graded Rehabilitation Program. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Performing Arts Medicine Association International Symposium. Los Angeles, California, USA.

 

Haber, C. (2019). Measuring a Pirouette: Tackling the challenge of quantifying dance. The IADMS Blog. Measuring a Pirouette: Tackling the challenge of quantifying dance | International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (iadms.org)

 

Haber, C. Schärli, A. (2018). Defining spotting: A Delphi Method study evaluating expert opinions on the characteristics and uses of spotting. In R. Solomon and J. Solomon (Eds.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. Helsinki, Finland.

 

Haber, C. Schärli, A. (2018). The Yoyo Schedule: A biomechanical analysis of a graded rehabilitation program for dancers. In R. Solomon and J. Solomon (Eds.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. Helsinki, Finland.

 

Haber, C., Schärli, A., Klostermann, A., & Hossner, E.J. (2017). Measuring a ‘spot’: A methodological approach to developing and defining dance-specific measures. In R. Solomon and J. Solomon (Eds.), Proceedings of the 27th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. Houston, Texas, USA.

 

Schärli, A., Haber, C., Klostermann, A., & Hossner, E.J. (2017). Gaze behavior in dance: The relevance of spotting in pirouettes. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Performing Arts Medicine Association International Symposium. Snowmass, Colorado, USA.

 

Lenartowicz, A., Simpson, G., Haber, C., & Cohen, M. (2014). Neurophysiological signals of ignoring and attending are separable and related to performance during sustained intersensory attention. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26(9), 2055-2069.