Dance science

Course Dates: 31/10/20 - 05/12/20
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Online

This online and interactive course will introduce you to the foundations of Dance Science. Learn about the physiological and physical elements of dance, how to prevent injuries and to gain knowledge and understanding on how to train and maintain the body for dance. Develop your knowledge and understanding of the key principles and practices which underpin this area of study through theory and practical based classes. The course requires phyiscal participation and suitable for anyone interested in dance.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
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.

Tutor Biographies
Seema Chopra

Seema De Jorge-Chopra is a Dance Science Educator, Kathak dancer and Personal Trainer. She graduated with the MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2015 where she is a Guest Lecturer. She is the founder of The South Asian Dance Medicine and Science Association (SADMSA) where she and a team of international professionals provide education for dancers to stay fit and healthy. Seema loves to work with different populations including dancers, children and those with special needs. Seema has previously run Kathak and Dance Science courses at City Lit which has attracted a wide range of adults including recreational and ex-professional dancers. She blends her knowledge of current research, theory, practical applications and dance with artistry. Seema is a conscientious teacher who works safely, efficiently and with an attention to detail. Alongside her teaching work, she is a new mother of two and is applying her knowledge to rehab herself.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: DDP029

Sat, day, 31 Oct - 05 Dec '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £119.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £73.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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or call 020 7492 2542

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