Sarah Needham-Beck

Guest Lecturer and PhD Candidate (TL)

Dance

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Dance
Laban Building
Creekside
London
SE8 3DZ

Email: [email protected]

Biography

Sarah graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc (Hons) in Exercise and Sport Sciences in 2009 and gained an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban in 2010. She has a keen interest in research and is currently also undertaking PhD study in Dance Science at Trinity Laban. Her research focuses on the cardiorespiratory demands of contemporary dance training and performance and is examining appropriate methods for documenting this. 

Sarah also works part-time as the Healthier Dancer Programme Manager at One Dance UK, is currently a member of the Promotion Committee for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), and has previously served as Chair of the IADMS Student Committee.

Sarah has always been passionate about dance and has completed major examinations in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern. During her time at the University of Exeter, Sarah served as the President of the University’s Dance Society, teaching beginners and advanced tap dance classes and choreographing for competitions and shows.

Qualifications/ Educational Background 

  • PhD Candidate (Trinity Laban)
  • MSc Dance Science 
  • BSc (Hons) Exercise and Sport Sciences
  • CYQ level 2 gym instructor

 

 

Teaching Experience

  • Guest lecturer; Trinity Laban MSc Dance Science, Performance enhancement: physiology, biomechanics, & nutrition and Research Methods modules
  • Visiting lecturer: University of Bedfordshire, MSc Dance Science
  • Cover teacher; Trinity Laban BA Contemporary Dance, Physical Awareness and Development module
  • Guest lecturer; UCL MSc in Performing Arts Medicine, Medical problems of musicians and dancers module
  • Visiting lecturer; Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb, Conditioning for dancers module
 
 
 

Creative Outputs

Publications

Beck S, Redding E and Wyon MA (2015) Methodological considerations for documenting the energy demand of dance activity: a review. Front. Psychol. 6:568.

 

Presentations

Redding E, Aujla I, Beck S, De’Ath S, Nordin-Bates S, Quin E & Rafferty S. (2015). Dancer Aerobic Fitness Across Ten Years. International Symposium on Performance Science, Kyoto, Japan.

Redding E, Aujla I, Beck S, De’Ath S, Nordin-Bates S, Quin E & Rafferty S. (2015). Dancer Aerobic Fitness: A Decade Later. International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Pittsburgh, USA.

Beck, S., Redding E., & Wyon, M. Investigating changes in energy system utilization during a year of contemporary dance training. International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 24th Annual Meeting, Basel, Switzerland [conference proceedings]. 2014.

Beck, S., De'Ath, S., Aujla, I., Nordin-Bates, S., & Redding, E. Injury tracking in pre-vocational dancers: findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training. International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 23rd Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, USA [conference proceedings]. 2013. Recipient of the Dr Marjorie J. Moore Student Poster Award,supported by Harlequin Dance Floors. 

Beck, S., & Redding, E. Investigating measures of intensity in dance: relationships of ratings of perceived exertion and heart rate to oxygen uptake. International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 21st Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA [conference proceedings]. 2011.

Wyon, M.A., Allen, N., Cloak, R., Beck, S., Davies P., & Clarke, F. (2016). Assessment of maximum aerobic capacity andanaerobic threshold of elite ballet dancers. Medical Problems of Performing Artists31(3): 145-150.

Needham-Beck, S., Redding, E., & Wyon, M. Determining the cardiorespiratory demand of contemporary dance repertoire. International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 26th Annual Conference, Wan Chai, Hong Kong [conference proceedings]. 2016.

Needham-Beck, S. Cardiorespiratory demands and training adaptation in contemporary dance performance. Brazil-UK Dance Medicine and Science Network, Gioania, Goias, Brazil. 2016. (Invited presentation)

Needham-Beck, S. Cardiorespiratory fitness testing in dance populations. Brazil-UK Dance Medicine and Science Network, Gioania, Goias, Brazil. 2016. (Invited presentation)

 

Awards 

Dr Marjorie J. Moore Student Poster Award, supported by Harlequin Dance Floors. Received at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 23rd Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, USA, 2013.