Dance Science/Health Work Placement Reflections 2018-19: VOLUME 2

Trinity Laban Dance Science and Health greatly enjoyed hosting our second work placement student of this year – Lloyd Fernquest! You can read all about Lloyds experiences here..

My week at the Dance Science department in The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has been insightful. My aim was to be able to make a more informed decision on what I would like to do in the future, after I finish my dance degree. This definitely is the case as it has given me the perspective of working within a dance science department as well as being a student on the course.

The team at the department was incredibly welcoming and designed a week around my interests within the field. The interests I gave varied and they still managed to accommodate them, which made the week interesting. For example, I said that I would like to see the equipment that they use for screening dancers. Scott Sinclair the lab technician took the time to go through all of the relevant lab equipment and allowed me to use them so that I could gain a full understanding.

This proved useful as well because by the end of the week I helped with a mini screening that they were doing for Roehampton University. Based on the Nidms screening handbook I also designed the pack that was given to the students as well as the table of results they would fill in during the screening. Combined these tasks gave me a much deeper understanding of the equipment used as I was able to learn, and then apply the knowledge gained.

My personal favourite pieces of equipment were the Leg and Back Strength Dynamometer (LBD) and the MetaMax 3B. The LBD as the name implies tests how much power you can generate in KGs with an isometric half deadlift motion. As I enjoy deadlifts, I became very competitive, wanting to get the highest KG that I could. The MetaMax 3B on the other hand tests the V02 max of the person using it. This is someone’s ability to take in oxygen, defuse it in the membrane of the lungs, disperse throughout the body, and utilise that oxygen as energy in the muscles. This interests me as I am running the bath half marathon in a few weeks and it’s one of the best ways of testing cardiovascular fitness.

From an academic point of view, the experience has also been beneficial. Being able to jump in to different lectures gave me an understanding of how the MSc and MFA in Dance Science works. Also meeting like-minded people to discuss ideas with was very stimulating. Giving me new ideas to look into and to apply to my own learning. Furthermore, as I’m doing my dissertation on sleep dependant memory consolidation in dancers, I have found different theses in the library that apply to my research which were very helpful.

In fact, there was also a lecture on Music Memorisation by a guest lecturer Vera Fonte from Portugal. This lecture though not directly relating to my dissertation, gave me great ideas to enhance my own practice and the practice of other dancers I work with.

Overall, the experience at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has allowed me to practically learn about the world of work that I could be entering after my last year of University. This new perspective has allowed me to make a more informed choice. Also, I had a lot of fun while doing it.

Written by Lloyd Fernquest, Trinity Laban Dance Science/Health work placement student: 25th February – 1st March 2019

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