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 [email protected]

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: [email protected].

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

Email: [email protected]

Contact number: 0116 2600020

Website: www.melaniewilson.uk

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: 

Name:

Dr Elisabetta Versace, Dr Diane Abdallah

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Website: https://forms.office.com/r/5bUbnXHy74 

State of Play survey

Project summary:

The Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) has launched State of Play, a national research study profiling the Performing Arts sector in Scotland. Results of the study will give FST and wider cultural policy-makers and planners crucial information on the health of the performing arts that will inform future actions, priorities and critical advocacy.

FST is calling on everyone who works and volunteers in the professional Performing Arts in Scotland to play a part in the research and help inform the change needed for the sector’s future viability.

Start date of the project: 04/08/2021

End Date of the project: 31/08/2021

Research Setting:

Online survey – survey takes about 15 mins to complete – https://bit.ly/StateOfPlaySurvey

Confidentiality and ethical approval:

All data and responses in the State of Play Survey are anonymised and you can find out more about this process and Privacy Policy here

The State of Play survey is being undertaken on behalf of FST by 56 Degree Insight, an independent market research agency based in Edinburgh. 56 Degree Insight work for clients across a wide range in different areas and have a great deal of experience working with organisations in the arts and culture sector, helping them to better understand audiences, participation trends and to inform future strategy.

Inclusion Criteria:

Anyone who lives and works in Scotland and is involved in the Professional Performing Arts sector (employed or volunteer).

Exclusion Criteria: 

People who don’t live in Scotland.

Benefits to the participant:

Results of the study will give FST and wider cultural policy-makers and planners crucial information on the health of the performing arts that will inform future actions, priorities and critical advocacy. This is a chance for the Scottish Performing Arts sector workforce to play a role in shaping the future of their sector.

Contact details: 

Name: Helen Eragona

Email: [email protected]