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

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:

Vulnerability in Children & Young People; the effects of the pandemic online & offline. Social, Educational & recreational contact.

Project summary:

This study is an interview-based study looking at how adults who maintained online contact with CYP during the pandemic facilitated the contact. For this study I am looking for a range of participants from Education, sports, leisure, clubs, religious and family areas.

Start date of the project: September 2020

End Date of the project: June 2022

Start date of testing: 01/03/2021

End date of testing: 31/12/2021

Research Setting:

Online interview of approximately one hour

Confidentiality and ethical approval:

University of Nottingham. All interviews will be recorded transcribed and anonymised.

Inclusion Criteria:

Any adult who has interacted with Children and/or Young People online during the Covid 19 pandemic. These including dance teachers, but also those in other educational, social, club, sports, religious, family (extended and outside the CYP’s household) or other contexts.

Exclusion criteria:

No Online contact with CYP during the pandemic.

Benefits to the participant:

We believe that the sessions will help to inform us about the way adults responded to this challenge, what was easy and what was hard. This could help inform further training and support for people in the future. In addition, the information you provide us may help us to help others to be comfortable interacting with CYP in different mediums. It is hoped that the publications will allow ideas and experiences to be shared and that we can therefore learn from each other’s experiences.

Contact details: 

Name: Mel Wilson


Contact number: 0116 2600020


Novel Knee Strengthening Protocol for Knee Stability in Dancers

Project summary:

The project aims to investigate a new training protocol, to improve knee strength and stability. Participants will be allocated to one of two training groups and will follow an allocated training plan for 6 weeks. Everyone will be required to record themselves while performing two knee strength and stability assessments, 6 weeks apart.

You will receive a comprehensive guide on how to perform the exercises/assessments and how to follow the training plan.

Start date of the project: 04/05/2021

End Date of the project: 10/09/2021

Start date of testing: 07/06/2021

End date of testing: 18/07/2021

Research Setting:

This research is undertaken by Alissa Nehrlich, an MSc Nutrition and Exercise student at the University of Central Lancashire. All testing will take place in the participants’ own place of training or home (an approx. 2x2m space is required). Participants will be tested on their knee strength and stability two times, six weeks apart and can choose time of testing within this timeframe. Depending on the allocated training group involvement will take a maximum of 15-20 minutes 3x a week, for 6 weeks, plus 15-30 minutes for the two assessments.

Confidentiality and ethical approval:

Ethical approval has been granted through the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). All data will be managed in accordance with GDPR guidelines and all participants details will be anonymised.

Inclusion Criteria:

-Be dancing in any style at any level

-Be 18-30 years of age

-Be injury free and have been for the past two years (lower extremity injuries and neck injuries)

-Be able to record yourself using your phone camera

Benefits to the participant:

By participating you will benefit from the access to a knee strengthening protocol which may improve your knee stability.

You will also contribute to research which could potentially benefit people in the future.

Contact details: 

Name: Alissa Nehrlich



Dancing together anywhere! Free master classes and performance to enhance motor and artistic learning during social distancing

Project summary:

Social distancing policies adopted for the COVID19 outbreak have severely reduced the possibility of training for millions of people, including performing artists. To counteract the negative effects of the pandemic and improve dance teaching methods, we aim to identify the best ways to teach and learn a choreography remotely, during social distancing, and to develop tools that can enhance remote motor and artistic learning. We aim to support dancers, schools, companies, dance professionals developing effective strategies to teach and learn dance everywhere.

Start date of the project: 01/01/2021

End Date of the project:

Start date of testing: 12/07/2021

End date of testing: 31/12/2021

Research Setting:

The project is led by Queen Mary University of London. The tests can be run in any location with a safe space to dance in a 2×2 square (a 3×5 room or larger at home or your dance studio). The project will be run online over 5 consecutive days: 4 choreographic sessions and 1 performance session. Each session will last about 90 minutes, including warmup and choreographic session. If you complete all the sessions, you will get a further free masterclass. Choreographic sessions will be taught by Erico Montes.

Potential slots:

July 12-16 (starting between 9 am and 6 pm)

July 19-23 (starting between 9 am and 6 pm)

July 26-30 (starting between 9 am and 6 pm)

August 16-20 (starting between 9 am and 6 pm)

August 23-27 (starting between 9 am and 6 pm)
September slots TBA: you can leave your contact details.

Confidentiality and ethical approval:

Ethics fully approved Ref number: QMREC2020/34 – funded by ESRC (UKRI)

Inclusion Criteria:

We are looking for active dancers with solid ballet technique (at least 3 years of training), who are at least 16 years old. You will need a safe space to dance and be recorded in a 2×2 meter square (a 3×5 meter room or larger, at home or at your dance studio). You will also need a stable and fast internet connection, webcam and monitor to watch the choreographer.

Benefits to the participant:

Any musculoskeletal injury that was diagnosed in the last 6 months; pregnancy; any other condition for which the Institution or Company has recommended against training (we will assess this by asking the healthcare manager where possible or to ask dancers to self-declare prior to study and as part of inclusion criteria); dancers below the age of 16 years old; dancers who do not have access to fast internet or don’t have a suitable and safe dance floor.

Contact details: 


Dr Elisabetta Versace, Dr Diane Abdallah

Email: or


An exploration into the prevalence and experiences of disordered eating and exercise behaviours amongst dancers during vocational/university training

Project summary:

Using a mixed methods approach, it is hoped that this research project will help to contribute to the field of dance science on two levels.  Firstly, in providing vital data as to the prevalence of binge eating and purging behaviours amongst dancers during higher education programmes, it is hoped that institutions will invest in more robust support measures, such as on-site access to eating disorder specialists or appropriate referral procedures to trained professionals for their students.

The second aim of this study is to make health practitioners and teaching staff more aware of the prevalence of disordered eating behaviours that occur amongst the dance population whilst in training, and therefore more conscious of how to identify dancers who may suffer from disordered eating behaviours.

Start date of the project: 05/05/2021

End Date of the project: 23/09/2021

Start date of testing: 05/05/2021

End date of testing: 09/08/2021

Research Setting:

  • The questionnaire will take place online via this link –
  • Interviews will take place either online via zoom or in person, whichever is preferred by the participant.

Confidentiality and ethical approval:

This was granted by the Trinity Laban Research Ethics Committee on 5th May 2021.

Inclusion Criteria:


  • Participants must be currently participating on a higher education dance course at undergraduate level at a university or vocational school.
  • Participants must be willing to fill out a questionnaire online in regards to eating and exercise behaviours.
  • Participants must be 18 years or above.



  • Participants must have graduated from a higher education dance course at undergraduate level at a university or vocational school within the last five years.
  • During that time, participants must have experienced behaviours of binge eating, over-exercising or calorie restriction.
  • Participants should be willing to discuss the above behaviours in more depth in an interview setting (either face-to-face or online).
  • Participants must be 18 years or above.

Benefits to the participant:

The questionnaire and interviews will be used as part of a dissertation project to understand the nature of eating and exercise behaviours of dancers during their undergraduate training, and therefore hopefully raise awareness of how to better support and recognise those students who may be experiencing these behaviours.

Contact details: 

Name: Kathryn Peters

Contact number: 07933514730


Wesbite: Student Research – Trinity Laban