What is the course about?
Dance science is an important area of scientific research and practice, similar to that of “sports science”, which is dedicated to defining the science behind the practice of dance and the dancing body. The course will allow you to develop a grounded understanding of the practical application of these scientific principles for your own practice. Its aims are to improve well-being and health through empowering one’s knowledge of the structure and function of the human body, with a focus on the lifestyle and health.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• The dancing body - Identify the characteristics of dance genres and explore their unique physical and physiological requirements. Investigate posture, alignment and movement patterns associated with dance.
• Structure and function of the human body Structure: skeleton, joints, muscles, tendon, ligaments Function: circulatory system, respiratory system, nervous systems
• Principles of movement
• Principles of fitness training and safe practice - Aerobic / Anaerobic power, learn about these energy systems and how to train them to improve your dance.
• Muscle strength and power in dance - Learn how to apply these concepts into dance training to create more explosive choreography and technique or to simply be able to move with more freedom and ease.
• Flexibility in dance - Investigate the different types of stretching and how it might benefit your dance performance and general engagement and use of your body.
• Injury prevention - Research screening techniques used to identify potential causes of injury and techniques recommended through Dance Science.
• Core strength - Understand the importance of the core musculature in dance and practice techniques employed to improve strength.
• Nutrition – Knowing the importance of a balanced diet
• Well-being practice – Through Somatic techniques, including yoga and Pilates influenced exercises.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify the physical and physiological demands of dance genres
• Learn how to improve your anaerobic power
• Apply principles of fitness training and safe practice
• Identify the basic structure and function of the human body
• Discover how to stretch safely
• Explore causes of injury in dance, and how to warm up and cool-down according to your dance genre
• Recognise why injuries occur and how to prevent them
• Discover how to develop your core strength
• Explain the importance of a balanced diet.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to anyone that is interested in adding Dance Science knowledge to their skill set.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms and syncopations within dance.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This will be an integrated practical and theory based class. Students should prepare their space to move. Students will work both aerobically and anaerobically, a warm up and cool-down will be provided according to the activity. Classes will involve blended learning and some independent investigative research out of class time.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students are required to have a journal to document their learning journey through the course. Comfortable attire to be able to move around in and suitable foot wear to move in. Bottled water.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The tutor will provide guidance and support on what to do next alternatively you can contact the department for further information.