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In October 2019, Trinity Laban Dance Science attended the 29th annual International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) conference in Montreal, Canada

Staff, students, and alumni were delighted to be able to play a role in current international discussions on dance science and dance for health.

The four-day IADMS conference attracts dance science enthusiasts from across the globe to learn, grow, and experience new concepts in the expanding field of dance medicine and science.

The event itself comprises interactive workshops, debates, talks, poster presentations, round table discussions, and movement sessions. Topics discussed this year included dance for health, hypermobility, proprioception, creativity, gender, psychological skills, injury, and many more. The presenters in attendance were of varying professional backgrounds including medics, educators, psychologists, physiotherapists, scientists, and dancers.

Attendees from Trinity Laban included:

Many graduates of the Dance Science programmes also joined our team in contributing to the conference through podium and poster presentations or facilitating workshops.


“It was very encouraging to see IADMS 2019 embrace research about Dance for Health. I think it adds a very relevant layer of insight and inquiry to the conference because it attracts researchers and practitioners who bring a person-centred approach to research that acknowledges the art form within dance science. In the future, there is incredible potential for the conference and its delegates to benefit from the inclusion of Dance for Health research because of its tendency to produce outcomes that are readily applicable in the studio. At future conferences, I hope to see research dissemination that differs from the typical lecture-style presentation and hands-on workshop – dissemination that embraces the art of dance and the viewpoint of the dancer. A highlight of the conference was watching the Rubberband Dance performance!”

Ellis Martin-Wylie, MFA Dance Science 2017-19 Student

Elizabeth Yutzey IADMS

Elizabeth Yutzey

“The annual conference in Montreal has been so far the most challenging yet most rewarding IADMS conference for me. As Chair of the Student Committee, my conference experience consists of being a present listener and voice for students', attending board and committee meetings, giving my own research presentations, and reconnecting with my dance science friends and colleagues. It's quite a busy time! I was very excited to give my first IADMS presentation (I did a poster last year) this year, which was about a report that I created for Professor Emma Redding on gender and sex separation in adolescent dance training. The presentation was well received and I was given very positive feedback."

Elizabeth Yutzey, MFA Dance Science 2016-2018 Student and Former Faculty Member

Emma Redding and Dance Science at IADMS 2019

Emma Redding

“The range and quality of topics presented at this year’s IADMS conference were broader than ever before, reflecting the expanding field of dance medicine and science. IADMS is like no other association in terms of how it brings together, medical doctors, physiotherapists, academic researchers, scientists, teachers and dancers under one roof for four intense days of dialogue and debate, learning and listening, practice and presentations. Once again this year, Trinity Laban faculty and alumni – an ever-expanding group - filled the conference programme strengthening our place as one of the leading institutions in the field”

Professor Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science

This year Trinity Laban faculty, alumni and students presented 41 posters and research presentations. See the list below for all research shared at the conference.

IADMS Research List 2019

Redding, E., Stancliffe, R., & Jobbins, V. Dance for Health: a ten-year program of work. (Professor Emma Redding, Dr Rebecca Stancliffe, & Veronica Jobbins)

Steel, L., Redding, E., Nordin-Bates, S., & Aujla, I. The relationship between hypermobility and proprioception among adolescent dancers. (Leanne Steel & Professor Emma Redding)

Martin-Wylie, E., Redding, E., & Urmston, E. Creative dance, well-being, and older adults: an arts-informed photo elicitation study. (Ellis Martin-Wylie, Professor Emma Redding, & Elsa Urmston)

Yutzey, E., & Redding, E. Gender separation in training: right or wrong? (Elizabeth Yutzey & Professor Emma Redding)

Redding, E., Lefebrve-Sell, N., Rafferty, S., Bourne-Collins, C., Brandt, R., & Schober, S. An innovative approach refining contemporary dance training within a conservatoire. (Professor Emma Redding, Dr Naomi Lefebvre-Sell, Sonia Rafferty, Colin Bourne-Collins, Rosemary Brandt, & Stephanie Schober)

Jussli, H., Redding, E., & Clements, L. Profiles of vocational dance students: body composition, flexibility, muscular power and endurance. (Hannah Jussli, Professor Emma Redding, & Dr Lucie Clements)

Araújo, L. S., & Rafferty, S. Stress, coping and psychological skills of dance and music students: evaluating psychological wellbeing in practice. (Dr Liliana S. Araújo & Sonia Rafferty)

Morris, M., & Rafferty, S. Integrating dance science principles: the value of endorsing knowledge, understanding and application. (Maggie Morris & Sonia Rafferty)

Paschali, A., & Araújo, L. S. Health promotion among dance students in higher education: a qualitative investigation of experiences and perceptions of health and wellbeing. (Anastasia Paschali & Dr Liliana S. Araújo)

Clarke, F., Koutedakis, Y., Wilson, M., & Wyon, M. An overview of the research on dancers’ balance ability: implications for future methodological approaches. (Frances Clarke)

Fortin, S., Maggs, C., Lewton-Brain, Wilkie, A., & Boissinot, L. Creating an artiste – a panel discussion. (Peter Lewton-Brain)

Descoteaux, J., Urmston, E., Araújo, L. S., Lefebvre-Sell, N.,Pickard, A., & Dumont, A. Contributions of qualitative research in dance medicine and science: what can it add? (Elsa Urmston, Dr Liliana S. Araújo, &, Dr Naomi Lefebvre Sell)

Yu, H. T., & Brouner, J. Directional preferences in pirouettes en dehors: a kinematical analysis. (Heidi Tung Yu & Dr James Brouner)

Rice, P. E., Yutzey, E. F., Copping, L. F., Haber, C. M., Hornyak, E. K., Meder, C. T., Steel, L., & Descoteaux, J. The research process for students in dance medicine and science. (Elizabeth F. Yutzey, Lauren F. Copping, & Leanne Steel)

Yutzey, E., & Rice, P. E. Student and young professional networking workshop. (Elizabeth Yutzey)

Jenkins, E. Move Dance Feel: exploring dance and wellbeing with women affected by cancer. (Emily Jenkins)

Critchley, M., Kenny, S., Ritchie, A., Chambers, K., & McKay, C. Injury associated with dance education: a systematic review. (Dr Sarah Kenny & Katy Chambers)

Wyon, M., & Redding, E. Dance science or sport science? (Professor Emma Redding)

Lowe, J. M. A., Araújo, L. S., & Urmston, E. An investigation of the learning styles of dancers with specific learning difficulties and their experiences in higher education vocational training. (Jessica Morgan Alexandra Lowe, Dr Liliana S. Araújo & Elsa Urmston)

Pooley, A., Araújo, L. S. & Clements, L. Exploration of the creative process. (Alexandra Pooley, Dr Liliana S. Araújo, & Dr Lucie Clements)

Jussli, H., Redding, E., & Clements, L. Profiles of vocational dance students: body composition, flexibility, muscular power and endurance. (Hannah Jussli, Professor Emma Redding, & Dr Lucie Clements)