Dance Science as a course and career

My name is Maisie Kennard and I have just completed the BSc (Hons) Dance Science course at the University of Chichester on the sunny South coast.

Prior to studying this course at university, I completed an A Level in Physical Education, an AS Level in Psychology and a Diploma in Dance Performance. I have participated in dance and rhythmic gymnastics for the majority of my life and fell in love with the joys that dance can bring to both the performer and those observing. After suffering multiple serious injuries and visiting various non-dance-specific health care professionals, I became determined to create a space where dancers and performers can come to receive injury rehabilitation and support from someone who has a first-hand understanding of the requirements and pressures surrounding dance. Therefore, when I discovered the BSc (Hons) in Dance Science, it seemed like the ideal course for me.

I feel extremely grateful to have been a part of the first BSc Dance Science cohort. My personal favourite aspect of the course was the variety of subjects and opportunities made available to us, from physiological monitoring to psychological issues surrounding dance, to dance performance. Every module was completely different from the next and the Dance Science team provided multiple opportunities for us all; including dance performances, work placements, and external connections to other dance science professionals. Due to the tightknit community of Chichester University, I was also given the opportunity to perform in other students’ dance pieces alongside my own studies. This was very important for me, as it meant I was able to still pursue dance performance as well as studying the science behind it. The module I enjoyed the most throughout the course was Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation. I found it extremely interesting to be able to apply my own experience, and also learn from others about the psychological issues a dancer may face when suffering from an injury, and how this can potentially damage the rehabilitation process and increase the risk of re-injury if not handled correctly. I applied my interest in dance injury prevention through to my dissertation, where I researched the relationships between injury, perceived pain, sleep and training load with our third year BA (Hons) Dance Performance touring dance company, 3Fall.

Now that I have completed my BSc Dance Science I am continuing to pursue my passion and will be starting an MSc (Pre-registration) in Physiotherapy at the University of Chichester. As well as this, I am hoping to complete placements within dance science industries and participate in as many external dance classes as possible, to maintain my passion for and connections with the dance industry. After completing this course, I aim to work in an institution where I can help dancers and performers maintain optimal performance through their physical and mental wellbeing.

I would highly recommend studying Dance Science to anyone who has an interest in the dance and dance health industries. The opportunities and pathways the course opens up are truly endless. The Dance Science team at Chichester University have created an amazing course and a wonderful platform for anyone who wishes to go forward into the Dance Science sector.

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