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Central to NIDMS is its belief in the importance of research to underpin and provide a sound evidence base for best practice in dance training and clinical services. Each of the partner institutions has a track record in facilitating and carrying out dance medicine and science research, presently including  200+ medical/scientific conference presentations, 100+ peer-reviewed medical/scientific articles, 20+ professional articles, 4 dance medicine/science books and 5 book chapters.

Epidemiological research


Together the NIDMS partners have designed a large-scale, prospective, epidemiological research project, which is needed to fully understand the multi-dimensional causes of injury in different populations of dancers, and the best strategies for preventing and treating them.

This project will be the first of its kind on this scale in dance in the world and any companies and schools wishing to participate or just to find out more should get in touch:

Analysis of the data collected will enable the dance sector to develop optimal injury prevention and fitness programmes for dancers working and participating in a variety of contexts, helping to reduce the rate of injuries and get dancers back performing more quickly.

This is a major project which we are still fundraising for so if you would like to make a donation you can via our donate page.


Research from recent years is included below and most are available as a free download.

If you're interested in a specific area, click on one of the photos below to skip to that topic:


Force measurement/reduction

Weight transfer


Posture/movement analysis

Education and Application of Dance Science

Nutrition and hydration

Training considerations

  • Anker, S. & Quin, E. (2016). An investigation of the pedagogical rationales for current mirror use in a Ballet technique class. International Association of Dance Medicine and Science 26th Annual Meeting, Hong Kong

  • Blazy, L., Quin, E. & Redding, E. (2010). Effects of a 10-week creative dance programme on flexibility and aerobic capacity in 11-13 year-olds. International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 20th Annual Meeting, Birmingham, UK.

  • Quin, E., Clark , T, Redding, E., Irvine, S., Rafferty, S. & Ehrenberg, S. (2010). A dance screening and profiling programe. Medicine and Science for the Benefit of the Dancer: Creating and maintaining a balanced body. Dance Science Conference, Estonia.

  • Quin, E., Irvine, S., Rafferty, S. & Redding, E. (2010). Structure and delivery of a dance specific fitness class for contemporary dancers. Medicine and Science for the Benefit of the Dancer: Creating and maintaining a balanced body. Dance Science Conference, Tallin, Estonia

  • Redding, E. (2010). Considerations for dance training, (guest Editor for special issue). Journal of Dance science and Medicine 14(2).

Integrating dance science

  • Connolly MK, & Quin, E. (2010). Why Dance? Why Science? Dance UK News, Issue 76.

  • Duffy, P., Surgenor, B. & Quin, E. (2016). Technology in Dance Science – Magic and Movement. International Association of Dance Medicine and Science 26th Annual Meeting, Hong Kong

  • Quested, E. & Redding, E. (2006). When art meets science: An action research approach to improving professional dance teaching and learning. The Learning Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

  • Redding, E., Chin, S., Hushlak, M.A., Sentler, S. Vahla, A. (2011). In Preparation: A Performance-led approach and a new research methodology for Dance Science.International Association for Dance Medicine and Science 21st Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA.

  • Surgenor, B. & Quin, E. (2016). Walking in someone else's shoes? Reflections on the first cross-cultural dance science academic exchange. International Association of Dance Medicine and Science 26th Annual Meeting, Hong Kong

Safe dance practice


Injury tracking, recording and surveillance

Injury prevalence

Strategies/interventions for injury prevention and reduction

Variables related to injury incidence



Dance Specific Testing


Health and wellbeing

Intensity and efficiency

Strategies/Interventions to improve physical performance

Talent Development

Barriers to training

  • Aujla, I. J., & Redding, E. (2013). Barriers to dance training for young people with disabilities. British Journal of Special Education, 40(2), 80-85.

Commitment, motivation and dropout

  • Aujla, I.J., Nordin-Bates, S.M., & Redding, E. (2012). Commitment, adherence and dropout among young talented dancers: findings from the UK Centres of Advanced Training. The 22nd Annual Meeting of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Singapore.  

  • Walker, I.J., Nordin S.M., & Redding, E. (2010). Commitment to elite dance training: Findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training. The British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 14-16 April, Stratford-upon-Avon. First prize winner.

Environment and motivational climate


Talent identification and characteristics



Basic needs satisfaction

Motivational climate

Perfectionism/Body image

Performance anxiety

Predictors and interventions for psychological wellbeing

Somatics and imagery

Education and application
Talent Development
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