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SciDance

56 EpisodesProduced by Jasmine CookWebsite

An evidence based, research informed podcast presenting dance science discussions with global industry leaders. New episode every Monday at 6AM GMT.

56 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

3: Personal training for young dancers with Kendall Baab

November 29th, 2021

43:20

Kendall Baab talks about personal training for younger dancers. We look at Kendall’s journey through grad school during Covid 19 and her MSc research …

2: Clinical cases: why hormone health is important for dancers with Nicky Keay and Stephanie Potreck

November 22nd, 2021

1:01:26

Nicky Keay and Steph Potreck discuss clinical cases in hormone health and nutrition.

Thank you to The Place London for sponsoring this episode. Located in the heart of London, The Place is a creative powerhouse for dance …

1: Athletic training in ballet with Megan Bane

November 15th, 2021

42:25

Megan Bane, athletic trainer at BalletMet, discusses her work as a clinician and educator. This episode looks at Megan's experiences which influences her decision to go into the dance science field, her Masters in …

SciDance Season 3 with Jazzy Cook

November 8th, 2021

1:14

Welcome back to SciDance Podcast. SciDance is a dance science podcast presenting discussions with global industry leaders. The podcast aims to enhance dancer wellbeing, health and training at all levels of the sector, …

22: Season Two Wrap with Katy Chambers

July 30th, 2021

1:03:20

Reflections on Season 2 of SciDance Podcast, looking at informative, interesting, insightful moments taken from each episode so far. Katy Chambers …

21: Freelancers in dance with Imogen Aujla

July 19th, 2021

38:15

Imogen Aujla discusses freelancers in dance, looking at the role of freelancers in the UK dance sector, and dance science research in this area. We …

20: Athletic competency with Khyle Eccles

July 12th, 2021

52:15

Khyle Eccles, S&C at Trinity Laban, discusses athletic competency in dancers. We discuss Khyle's MSc work on maximal strength testing for …

19: Research and S&C at the Royal Ballet with Adam Mattiussi and Joseph Shaw

July 5th, 2021

51:10

Adam Mattiussi and Joseph Shaw discuss research and S&C at the Royal Ballet. We discuss their PhDs, looking at injury, jumping, and training load. From a more applied perspective, Adam and Joe discuss the delivery …

18: Recent graduate research with Julie Ferrell-Olson, Louisa Petts, and Sam Beckman

June 3rd, 2021

53:59

Recent dance science graduates Julie Ferrell-Olson, Louisa Petts and Sam Beckman discuss their research.


Julie Ferrell-Olson (Kinematic Impact of …

17: 2020 Graduates - Tabitha Moorse, Madeleine Dardeau, and Beth Ackroyd

May 31st, 2021

55:42

Tabitha Moorse, Madeleine Dardeau, and Beth Ackroyd discuss their experiences as dance science students graduating in 2020.


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16: Hormones as a marker for health and performance with Nicky Keay and Stephanie Potreck

May 24th, 2021

1:26:36

Nicky Keay and Stephanie Potreck discuss nutrition for dancers, looking at areas such as diet culture, RED-S, body composition, and hormone health. …

15: Psychosocial impacts of dance science with Elsa Urmston

May 17th, 2021

41:16

Elsa Urmston discusses the psychosocial impacts of dance science research. Elsa talks about various projects, exploring the impacts of dance science in various settings in terms of social impacts, a dance for health …

14: Performing arts healthcare with Jeff Russell

May 10th, 2021

58:13

Jeff Russell discusses performing arts healthcare. Jeff talks about his change in career path, his experiences in performing arts medicine, and advocacy aspects of his work. We look at the unique needs of performing …

13: Developing the 11+ Dance with Karen Sudds

May 3rd, 2021

1:19:44

Karen Sudds discusses her work into developing the 11+ Dance in a recreational setting. We look at her process, methods, and research findings in terms of physical improvements in her dancers. Karen also discusses the …

12: Subjective voice of the performer with Gemma Harman

April 26th, 2021

25:32

Gemma Harman discusses the subjective voice of the performer. Informed by her PhD work, Gemma discusses her findings, the importance of performer experiences and subjective research, and the notion of performance …

11: Biomechanics & compensation strategies with James Brouner

April 19th, 2021

29:30

James Brouner, biomechanics and performance analysis researcher, discusses compensatory strategies in dancers. This episode looks at James' PhD work, investigating compensatory mechanics of movement, and the impact of …

10: Dance injury epidemiology with Sarah Kenny

April 5th, 2021

46:19

Sarah Kenny discusses injury epidemiology, focussing on pre-professional ballet. Sarah talks about her PhD work, longitudinal research tracking …

9: Student welfare support with Steph De'Ath

March 29th, 2021

43:29

Steph De'Ath, Head of Student Welfare at London Studio Centre, talks about her role in supporting students. Steph discusses her ethos in student …

8: Nurturing the healthy dancer using a multidisciplinary approach with Jatin Ambegaonkar

March 22nd, 2021

50:25

Jatin Ambegaonkar talks about improving health and wellness in dance, and the multiple external contributing factors to the wellbeing of dancers. We …

7: Somatic approaches with Edel Quin

March 15th, 2021

57:16

Edel Quin discusses the intersection of somatic practices and dance science. We discuss what somatics is, the principles it is based in, and where it fits within/alongside theoretical frameworks and motor learning. Edel …

6: Measuring training load with Valeriya Volkova

March 8th, 2021

32:07

Valeriya Volkova discusses training loads. Building on S1 E4, Valeriya looks further into how we can measure training load, current sports science …

5: An applied perspective on injury management with Amanda Huke-Smith

March 1st, 2021

37:39

Amanda Huke-Smith, performer and physiotherapist, gives an applied perspective on injury management. We discuss differing injury risks, research, and support in various genres of dance, and potential ways of overcoming …

4: Psychological recovery and mindfulness with Dr Peta Blevins

February 22nd, 2021

47:45

Dr Peta Blevins, dance scientist, educator, researcher, and consultant, talks about her research into psychological recovery for dancers. Peta chats …

3: Physiological considerations for performance with Sarah Needham-Beck

February 15th, 2021

35:43

Sarah Needham-Beck talks about the physiological demands of performance and touring in dance. Sarah discusses her PhD work, giving an introduction to …

2: Conversations between research and practice in dance science with Emma Redding

February 8th, 2021

53:56

Conversations between research and practice in dance science with Professor Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. In the first half of this episode, Emma reflects on the …

1: Growth and maturation with Niall MacSweeney

February 1st, 2021

53:44

Niall MacSweeney discusses how growth and maturation affects performance, and the impact of adolescent maturation on injury risk in elite …

SciDance Season 2 with Jazzy Cook

January 25th, 2021

1:12

Welcome back to SciDance Podcast. SciDance is an evidence based, research informed podcast looking at all things dance science. Experts in the field share their knowledge and thoughts as we chat about the research, …

28: Season One Wrap with Katy Chambers

December 14th, 2020

38:05

Reflections on Season 1 of SciDance Podcast, looking at informative, interesting, insightful moments taken from each episode so far. Katy Chambers, …

27: Myths about nutrition with Meghan Brown

December 7th, 2020

47:05

Following on from Episode 19, an introduction to nutrition, Meghan Brown looks at commonly heard myths about nutrition for dancers. This episode …

26: Pointework with Lisa Howell

November 30th, 2020

37:42

Lisa Howell discusses readiness for pointe, and training pointe work, in today's episode of SciDance. We look at what influences when dancers begin pointe work, the ideal pre pointe dancer, indicators of readiness for …

25: Psychological skills training with Erin Sanchez

November 23rd, 2020

44:49

Erin Sanchez talks about psychological skills training in young dancers. An introduction to her PhD, Erin discusses her main areas of focus and the …

24: 11+ dance and injury prevention with Nico Kolokythas

November 16th, 2020

51:29

Nico Kolokythas talks about his work at Elmhurst Ballet School, researching injury prevention and developing the "11+ dance". Nico discusses physical …

23: Performance anxiety with Lucie Clements

November 9th, 2020

37:59

Dr Lucie Clements, dance psychologist, talks about performance anxiety. We look at what performance anxiety is and how it differs to generalised …

22: Researching in dance science with Liliana Araujo

November 2nd, 2020

31:25

Dr Liliana Araujo discusses researching in dance science. We cover traditional and non traditional ways of researching, and the implications of each of these for findings and relevance, as well as discussing the …

21: Biomechanics & movement variability with Luke Hopper

October 26th, 2020

46:25

Dr Luke Hopper discusses biomechanics and movement variability. This episode looks at the biology of movement control, processes of feed forward and …

20: Resilience with Brenton Surgenor

October 19th, 2020

52:03

Brenton Surgenor talks about resilience. Drawing from his various experiences, we look at holistic approaches in coaching dance, and how a balanced …

19: Nutrition with Meghan Brown

October 12th, 2020

41:43

Meghan Brown gives an introduction to nutrition for dancers, informed by her own work and research. We look at basic needs such as energy demands, …

18: Physiological demands of dance with Matthew Wyon

October 5th, 2020

48:11

Matthew Wyon, Professor in Dance Science at the University of Wolverhampton, discusses the physiological demands of dance. This episode considers the …

17: How dancers learn with Janet Karin OAM

September 28th, 2020

1:19:58

“Dance is a natural and universal form of expression, but classical ballet has a sophisticated aesthetic and complex technique”.

Janet Karin discusses, in summary, how dancers learn, and how to make ballet technique …

16: Health promotion with Anastasia Paschali

September 21st, 2020

45:31

Anastasia Paschali discusses her research into health promotion and wellbeing in dance. We look at overall concepts of health and wellbeing, enablers …

15: Creativity with Lucie Clements

September 14th, 2020

41:56

Lucie Clements, on Instagram as @thedancepsychologist, discusses creativity in dance. This episode looks into where creativity fits within dance …

14: Periodization with Kim Hutt

September 7th, 2020

27:24

Kim Hutt talks about periodization in dance training. This episode looks at trends typically seen in dancers' workloads, distiniguishing cognitive, creative, and physical work, and taking into account individual …

13: Psychological links to overtraining, burnout, and stress with Gene Moyle

September 3rd, 2020

41:54

As the second episode in a two part series with performance psychologist Gene Moyle, this episode explores the psychological links to overtraining, …

12: Performance psychology with Gene Moyle

August 31st, 2020

52:00

Gene Moyle gives an introduction to performance psychology. The first in a series of two episodes, we look at dance training behaviours, traditional …

11: Strength training with Claire Farmer

August 24th, 2020

33:42

Claire Farmer discusses strength training for dancers: breaking down myths, and including practical examples for dancers and teachers. Claire's interest more specifically in upper body strength in females, and in …

10: Injury reduction & risk profiling with Melanie Fuller

August 17th, 2020

34:48

Melanie Fuller, Australian physiotherapist, discusses injury reduction and risk profiling in dance. This episode draws on Melanie's recent work which …

9: Pilates with Laura Erwin

August 10th, 2020

27:28

Laura Erwin, Head of Dance Science at London Studio Centre, discusses pilates for dancers. Looking at the fundamentals of pilates, from importance of breath and how this translates to performance, to how teachers might …

8: Biomechanics in jumping with Paige Rice

August 3rd, 2020

43:42

Paige Rice discusses the biomechanics of jumps and leaps in dancers. Drawing on her own research, Paige talks about the importance of the stretch shortening cycle in the ankle joint for dancers, and how strength and …

7: Self talk and goal setting with Paul Doyle

July 27th, 2020

42:51

Paul Doyle discusses the relevance and application of psychological skills training in the dance studio. Focused on self talk and goal setting, this …

6: Training turnout with Lisa Howell

July 20th, 2020

22:23

Lisa Howell, physiotherapist and founder of The Ballet Blog, talks about all things turnout. This episode breaks down myths about turnout, looking at what structures influence turnout, and ways to maximise turnout. Lisa …

5: Early specialization with Charlotte Downing

July 13th, 2020

29:21

Charlotte Downing discusses early specialization in dance. Reflecting on typical practices in dance, Charlotte shares her thoughts on the driving forces, risks, and benefits of early specialization. This episode breaks …

4: Training load management with Matt Lamarque

July 6th, 2020

40:38

Matthew Lamarque, Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Royal Ballet School, discusses training loads in adolescent dancers. This episode takes a …

3: Imagery from a pedagogic perspective with Ashleigh Ritchie

June 29th, 2020

29:52

Ashleigh Ritchie discusses her research on imagery in dance from a pedagogic perspective. With a focus on collaborative learning and teaching, her …

2: Hypermobility with Luke Abnett

June 22nd, 2020

31:06

Luke Abnett talks about hypermobility in dance. His experience as a physiotherapist at the Royal Ballet School, as well as working across a range of …

1: Perfectionism with Sanna Nordin-Bates

June 15th, 2020

31:54

Sanna Nordin-Bates, dance psychologist, talks about her thoughts and research on perfectionism in dance. From identifying perfectionistic tendencies …

SciDance with Jazzy Cook

May 24th, 2020

0:43

A podcast to open and explore dance science. Looking at the world of dance science, thinking about why using new research is so important in dance, and applying this to the studio.

Each week, a new speaker shares their …

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