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].

The Pregnancy and Parenthood in Dance Survey

Project summary:

This survey forms the second study phase of an ongoing PhD project. The research investigates experiences of maternity in dance, and how a dedicated system of training might ensure safe physiological practice for freelance, maternal dancers.

Start date of the project: 12/08/2021

End date of the project: 01/10/2025

Start date of testing: 11/11/2022

End date of testing: 31/12/2022

Research Setting:

Location: Online – Microsoft Forms

Duration: 5-10 minutes

Link to survey –

Confidentiality and ethical approval:

Queen’s University Belfast’s School of Arts, English and Languages Ethics Committee has reviewed and approved this research project. Supervisor Dr Aoife McGrath is ethically responsible for this project.

Inclusion Criteria:

To participate in the survey, you must work in the UK or Ireland dance sector. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A PARENT, OR HAVE EXPERIENCED PREGNANCY, TO TAKE PART IN THE SURVEY.

Exclusion Criteria: 


Benefits to the participant:

If you believe that female health is a non-negotiable part of a dancer’s career, you need to participate.

If you believe that dancers should be able to start a family during their career, you need to participate.

If you believe that dancers should be able to continue dancing into their 40s and 50s, you need to participate.

By participating, you are contributing towards research that will improve maternity care and parental provisions so that dancers can achieve professional longevity in a more inclusive dance ecology.

Contact details:

Name: Chloe Hillyar

Email:[email protected]