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.

 

A questionnaire survey about professional dancers' awareness and perception of bodily sensations

Project summary: The primary aim of this quantitative study is to compare measures of self-reported interoceptive sensibility (IAs) in professional dancers with chronic pain (Study Group – SG1), acute/sub-acute pain (SG2) and dancers without pain (Control Group – CG). The secondary aim is to investigate the relationship between IAs and demographic data as well as IAs and confounding variables collected.

Start date of the project: 09/19     End Date of the project: 06/20

Start date of testing: 25/09/19            End date of testing: 15/11/20

Research Setting: Online survey on smartsurvey website. Approx. duration to fill-in 10 minutes. https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/UCO2020/

Confidentiality and ethical approval: The study has been approved by the University College of Osteopathy Ethics Committee. Participants will complete a questionnaire online on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliant internet survey hosting site Smart Survey (www.smartsurvey.co.uk) and the option not to save Internet Protocol (IP) addresses will be selected to ensure participant anonymity. The participants will therefore not be asked for any personal details (e.g. names, address) and it will not be possible to link responses to the participants. Anonymous responses will be stored on the secure UCO password protected computer network to maintain confidentiality of the data and will be securely deleted 6 years after completion.

Inclusion Criteria (what type of person is needed):

  • professional dancers* from any dance styles based in the United Kingdom (*defined as having been paid to work, rehearse or perform as a dancer for a combined period of 3 months or more over the past months, and if you personally identify primarily as a professional dancer).
  • living with or without pain
  • over the age of 18
  • have NOT been diagnosed with any cardiovascular (e.g. cardiomyopathy, heart failure), rheumatological (e.g. fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies) or respiratory conditions (e.g. COPD).

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

  • dancing only for leisure or are still in dance training
  • NOT based in the United Kingdom
  • under the age of 18
  • have been diagnosed with any cardiovascular, rheumatological or respiratory conditions.

Benefits to the participant: There are no direct personal benefits for you in taking part but you will be contributing your experience to a study which aims to help healthcare practitioners better understand factors that may affect dancers’ body awareness and influence their responses to treatment.

Contact details:
Name: Maite Delafin

Mobile: 07512897385

Email: maite.delafin@uco.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