Research in Dance Medicine and Science

Research Participation Opportunities

To advertise for research participants, please fill in the Healthier Dancer Programme_research opportunities form. Email completed forms to hdp@onedanceuk.org

There is a growing body of dance medicine and science-focused research that aims to improve our understanding of what it takes to produce healthy, high performing dancers. Remember that research cannot happen without participants, so as dancers, teachers, choreographers, and those actively working within the dance industry you have a very valuable role to play within the scientific research process.

Organisations such as The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) promote research excellence within the dance medicine and science community as well as producing resources to disseminate research recommendations within the wider dance community.

We know that many professional dance companies and vocational dance schools are frequently approached by researchers, undergraduate as well as postgraduate, to take part in their projects. In order to help prevent these dancers suffering from ‘research fatigue’, while encouraging participation in research, we have produced a checklist (below) for schools and companies to help you decide on the quality of research opportunities presented to you and prioritise those you take part in. These points could also apply to individuals in deciding whether to participate in research or not.

Research participation checklist:

  • Is the research at postgraduate level, with the intention for it to be published?
  • Is the research applied research that will have a practical bearing on dancers’ health, wellbeing, performance capabilities or education, on an individual level, organisational level or for the dance world at large?
  • Is the researcher planning to or have they sought input from dance professionals in choosing what to research and/or designing the research?
  • Is the researcher offering to provide feedback during and/or following the research that will be useful to the dancers and their work/training?
  • Have you or the researcher sought advice from One Dance UK’s HDP to ensure that this research project complements or adds to the research knowledge base and is not unnecessarily duplicating work already done?

If you can answer yes to these points it is likely to be worth your while taking part in a research project that may benefit dancers, company and the dance world at large.

Current opportunities:

Listed below are research projects being conducted by One Dance UK members, which are currently seeking participants. If you are interested in taking part please do get in touch with the researchers directly or if you have any questions or concerns contact the Healthier Dancer Programme: hdp@onedanceuk.org.

 

How Could Classical Ballet Training Help Contemporary Dancers

Project summary: Today`s dancers need to be more versatile, along with this, pedagogy interactions between different dance genres are increasing. The researchers noticed that many contemporary dancers take ballet classes to help them achieve better performance in dance. In this study, we aim to explore the main connections between two dance genres — moreover, understand the uniqueness and excellence of classical ballet training to contemporary repertoire. Thereby enhance the dialogue between different dances, and also inspire ballet educators, especially those who have students from diverse backgrounds.

Start date of project:16/0/2019   End Date of project: 15/08/2019

Start date of testing:20/06/2019   End date of testing: 16/07/2019

Research Setting: The whole research progress will be online. The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete: https://edinburgh.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/the-training-experience-of-professional-contemporary-dance

Confidentiality and ethical approval: All the answers will be confidential. It`s a level 2 research study and ethics application have been approved. Ethical guidelines followed by British Educational Research Association (BERA)

Inclusion Criteria (what type of person is needed): Dancers who are 1) currently a full-time vocational contemporary dancer/ freelance contemporary dancer who work at least 3 months a year; 2). who have classical ballet training experience; 3) who are over 18 years old.

Exclusion Criteria (what might prevent someone from being able to participate): Anyone not meeting the inclusion criteria. 

Benefits to the participant: We do not anticipate any specific benefits, other than the opportunity to talk about the training experience

Contact details:
Name: Yuan_LIANG

Mobile: 07411023932

Email: y.liang-34@sms.ed.ac.uk

Perceptions of strength training in dance - Audience

Project summary: To understand the perceptions of strength training in the dance sector, from dancers, teachers, dance students and audience members.

Start date of the project: 30/05/2019     End Date of the project: 31/09/2019

Start date of testing: 30/05/2019                 End date of testing: 31/07/2019

Research Setting: Online questionnaire – Less than 10 mins to complete: http://bit.ly/Audienceperceptions

Confidentiality and ethical approval: All responses are anonymous. If a respondent exits the survey before the end the data will be deleted. Ethics has been granted by Kingston University.

Inclusion Criteria (what type of person is needed): Dance audience member (attended at least 1 paid for dance performance in previous 12 months)

Exclusion Criteria (what might prevent someone from being able to participate): Anyone not meeting the inclusion criteria. 

Benefits to the participant:

Contact details:
Name: Claire Farmer

Email: claire@clairefarmer.co.uk

Website: https://www.clairefarmer.co.uk/research

Perceptions of strength training in dance - Dancers

Project summary: To understand the perceptions of strength training in the dance sector, from dancers, teachers, dance students and audience members. To provide an analysis tool for strength and conditioning coaches to assist in the design of an effective training programme for dancers, based on their current perceptions.

Start date of the project: 30/05/2019     End Date of the project: 31/09/2019

 

Start date of testing: 30/05/2019         End date of testing: 31/07/2019

Research Setting: Online questionnaire – Less than 10 mins to complete: http://bit.ly/perceptionsofstrength

Confidentiality and ethical approval: All responses are anonymous. If a respondent exits the survey before the end the data will be deleted. Ethics has been granted by Kingston University.

Inclusion Criteria (what type of person is needed): Dance student aged 16+ (on a dance course at college, university or vocational training), dance teacher (in a private school, vocational or FE/HE teaching) or a professional dancer (paid for at least 3 months of dance work in the previous 12 months)

Exclusion Criteria (what might prevent someone from being able to participate): Anyone not meeting the inclusion criteria. 

Benefits to the participant:

Contact details:
Name: Claire Farmer

Email: claire@clairefarmer.co.uk

Website: https://www.clairefarmer.co.uk/research

How do you perceive the personality of your most influential dance teacher and what role does it play in your dance training?

Project summary: Previous research has often considered dancer perspectives of their own personality, or self-rated personality questionnaires, or teacher perspectives of their own personality, but I am interested in how teachers are perceived by students during professional dance training.  I am conducting interviews to find out dance student perspectives of their dance teachers’ personalities. How would you describe your dance teacher’s personality? How do you think aspects of their personality effect you? I am interested in experiences and perceptions! The aim of this research is to identify if there are certain personality traits or behaviours that are perceived as positively or negatively influential for dance students.  Depending on the results of this study, teacher training programmes can consider not only how one teaches but how teachers portray themselves during dance training.

Start date of the project: 01/04/19     End Date of the project: tbc in 09/19

Start date of testing: 08/04/19            End date of testing: 31/08/19

Research Setting: Interview in a public place in London, UK (or Frankfurt am Main, Germany), decided on by the researcher and the dance student (the participant).  Interviews will last between 30 minutes to an hour.

Confidentiality and ethical approval: Approved by the Department Research Ethics Panel from the Department of Psychology & Counselling, Faculty of Education and Health, University of Greenwich. Data obtained during the study will be confidential and interview data will be anonymised.

Inclusion Criteria (what type of person is needed): Dance students (age: 18+) studying in full-time dance education (with a focus on ballet or contemporary dance). Participants need to be able to speak English fluently. Must be able to attend an interview in London, UK (or Frankfurt am Main, Germany).

Exclusion Criteria (what might prevent someone from being able to participate): Dance students under the age of 18 or anyone not meeting the inclusion criteria. 

Benefits to the participant: This research will offer dance students with the chance to express their perspectives of their dance teachers in a confidential environment. The study will be informative for future teacher training programmes.

Contact details:
Name: Evie Poaros-McDermott

Mobile: 07762347097

Email: ep1962o@greenwich.ac.uk / epoaros@live.com

DEAQ: Dance Energy Availability Questionnaire

Project summary: Low energy availability has been extensively researched in athletes involved in sport. To date, the situation amongst male and female dancers has not been investigated. The aim of this study is to assess awareness and risk of low energy availability amongst dancers, through a short online anonymous questionnaire. The findings from this study will help direct measures to optimise the health and performance of dancers in order to sustain a long and successful dance careers.

Start date of the project: 01/01/2019 

End Date of the project: 01/09/2020

Start date of testing: 28/04/2019

End date of testing: 01/06/2020

Research Setting: Online questionnaire completed anonymously, taking about 15 minutes can be completed anywhere worldwide.

Confidentiality and ethical approval: Ethical approval from Durham University 23/04/2019. Anonymous questionnaire all data securely held (see consent form at start of questionnaire)

Inclusion Criteria: Professional adult male and female dancers worldwide. All genres of dance invited to complete questionnaire.

Exclusion Criteria: Less than 18 years of age.

Benefits to the participant: The findings from the study will provide evidence and help direct measures to optimise the health and performance of dancers in order to sustain a long and successful dance careers.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Nicky Keay

Mobile: 07985 715740

Email: nicky@nickykeayfitness.com

Website: www.nickykeayfitness.com

Link to online DEAQ: https://durham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/deaq

Age started en pointe and foot and ankle injury; a survey

Project summary: To look into the relationship between what age a dancer begins en pointe and foot and ankle injury rates. The questionnaire consists of three main domains including the profile of the participants, their experience en pointe and finally any foot and/or ankle injuries. This will then be analysed to see if there are any groups of people particularly at risk and look into how to address this problem.  This project is also being completed as part of academic accreditation for a BSc Physiotherapy degree.

Start date of the project: 01/09/18     End Date of the project: 15/03/19

Start date of testing: 07/11/18            End date of testing: 09/12/18

Research Setting: Institute – University of Nottingham
Questionnaire can be completed at any time up until 09/12/18 and should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete: https://nottingham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/dancing-en-pointe-and-foot-and-ankle-injuries

Confidentiality and ethical approval: This study has been granted ethical approval from the University of Nottingham Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee. Reference number 76-1807.

All answers submitted by participants will be treated with strict confidentiality and are automatically anonymised. Answers will be stored on a password protected database and only authorised persons conducting the study and those who may check if the study is being carried out correctly will be able to have access.

Inclusion Criteria (what type of person is needed):

  • Participants aged between 18-30 years of age.
  • Participants have at least 6 months experience of dancing en pointe.
  • Participants had/have at least one class per week dancing en pointe.

Exclusion Criteria (what might prevent someone from being able to participate):

  • Aged under 18 or over 30.
  • Have less than 6 months experience of dancing en pointe.
  • Had/have less than one class per week dancing en pointe.

 

Benefits to the participant: There will be no personal benefits of participating in this study. The information provided by participants however, should allow a wider understanding of the relationship between what age a dancer begins en point and foot and ankle injuries.

 

Contact details:
Name: Hannah Wagg, Mobile: 07908010200, Email: msyhw2@nottingham.ac.uk

Survey: https://nottingham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/dancing-en-pointe-and-foot-and-ankle-injuries