5 things you didn’t know about Dance Science

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Building on our reputation as a world leader in Dance Science, Trinity Laban now offers an exciting BSc programme.

In this blog written by our flagship cohort of BSc Year 1 Dance Science students, we explain five things you may not know about studying Dance Science.

1. It’s not only about injury & injury prevention

Research into helping dancers overcome or prevent injury is incredibly important, but it’s not the only reason to investigate the dancing body. Dancers who understand how their body works from a physiological and biomechanical perspective are able to work more efficiently and productively. This knowledge can support injury reduction but also allows so much more in terms of enhancing practice and performance.

2. It’s not only physical

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Another thing you might assume about Dance Science is that it only looks at the body. In fact, there is more need for investigation into the psychological health of people who dance as well as how dance can contribute to wellbeing for everyone. Dance science has a holistic approach that explores the physiology and psychology of movement in a way that also supports creativity.

3. It’s not necessarily about supporting those who already dance professionally/vocationally (or at all)

Two examples of research that benefits “non-dancers” who take it up as a hobby (often at an older age) are in classes for people with Parkinson’s and Dementia. The research here shows not just that it is helpful for people of any age to dance and enjoy themselves in a healthy, social atmosphere, but that areas of brain activated while being instructed to dance helps them do things their body and mind are otherwise unable to. Dance science is bringing new knowledge to the wider population.

4. It’s new and growing

9J1A9885Dance Science has not been around for that long compared to other sciences.  For those with their own questions (even if they don’t really know what they are yet!), there is a lot of work to do towards understanding the art form from a scientific perspective so it’s exciting to be on the forefront of this new discipline.

5. It’s not all academic theory

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Those who study Dance Science don’t necessarily have to become academic researchers. Understanding the body and mind through learning about anatomy, biomechanics, nutrition, motor skills and psychology, while developing your personal technical dance skills, improves your own self-awareness and helps you to relate to other dancing bodies.  This is invaluable for any career in dance. It’s also enjoyable and quite thrilling to learn, in a very practical way, how to use field tests and lab equipment that help dancers appreciate their capacities in a different light.

Submit your application for our BSc Dance Science programme on UCAS Conservatoires by WED 15 JAN, and this could be your life in September next year. Here are some handy hints and tips on writing the personal statement section.

 

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