When Art Meets Science: An Action Research Approach to Improving Professional Dance Teaching and Learning Using Scientific Methods

By Emma Redding and Eleanor Quested.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This work reports a current action research project intended to improve dance teaching and learning methods for a three year dance training programme for dancers aspiring for a professional career.

Keywords: Dance, Evaluation, Action Research, Science, Empowerment, Performance

International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 7, pp.31-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 961.203KB).

Emma Redding

Emma Redding graduated with a BA (Hons) Dance Theatre from Laban and an MSc Sports Science degree from University of Essex. She is a dancer, dance teacher and dance science researcher. Emma performed with the Hungarian company Tranz Danz and then for Rosalind Newman’s Hong Kong based DanceHKNY. While in Hong Kong, Emma was also Modern Dance Lecturer at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Emma is currently teaching contemporary dance technique, Health and Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at Laban. Four years ago, she helped write the first MSc Dance Science Degree Programme in Europe and is now leading the programme at Laban. Emma has been involved in various research projects over the years which have included the investigation of the physiological training needs of dancers. She presents this on-going research at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) Annual Meetings and has published her studies in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.

Ms Eleanor Quested

Eleanor's academic background stems from the discipline of sport and exercise psychology. Eleanor graduated from her degree in Sport Studies at the University of Wales with first class honours and then went on to achieve an M.Sc. with distinction in Sport Psychology from Liverpool John Moores University. Eleanor lectured in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Kingston University, London for two years. Her interest in dance science and dance psychology developed when she began contributing to the M.Sc. Dance Science programme at Laban, London where she leads the "Psychology for Dancers" module. She is currently working towards her PhD at the University of Birmingham, UK, examining motivational processes and well-being among dancers. Eleanor has previously presented research at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences conferences and at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) annual conference.


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