13 June 2017
Erin Sanchez reports on this relatively young area of work
What is dance science?
Dance science aims to improve dancers’ performance, physical health and mental wellbeing and ensure safe and healthy training practices by integrating artistic and scientific expertise and applying disciplines such as physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, neuroscience and psychology to dance.
Dance science aims to improve dancers’ performance, physical health and mental wellbeing
People working within dance science can include researchers, healthcare practitioners dance teachers, artistic directors and performers. Dance science is a relatively young area of work, starting in about the 1970s with initial research and some early activities and becoming more formalised in 1990 with the creation of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.
Now, dance science has grown to include the provision of dancers’ healthcare and education around the world including within English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Rambert, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Alvin Ailey, The Lion King and Strictly Come Dancing.
Why is Dance Science important? What does Erin's job of Dance Scientist at One Dance UK involve? Is dance science applicable to some dance forms more than others?
The latest issue of DANCE is out now, with Erin's answers to these questions plus information on a great new Health Hub App.
And look out for the ISTD Dance Science courses led by One Dance UK at Guildford School of Acting Stag Hill Campus on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th August 2017.