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Science in Dance

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A show to open and explore topics of Science and Culture in the Dance and Performing Arts Industries.
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Episode 2: Dr Nicky Keay - Endocrinologist and Sports Medic specialising in Dance

Science in Dance

Episode 2: Dr Nicky Keay - Endocrinologist and Sports Medic specialising in Dance

Science in Dance

Upper Body Strength and expanding your skills with Claire Farmer
Claire is a Lecturer in Dance Science and a freelance strength and conditioning coach. Alongside teaching, Claire also continues to train in dance and circus skills and is therefore very interested in applied practice; taking current the research and applying it to the training of dancers and circus artists. She is also particularly interested in researching upper body strength in dance and hopes to encourage more women to participate in strength training. Youtube: Claire Farmer Performance and Training Instagram: @cfperformanceandtraining
June 17, 2020
Injury Prevention PhD Research in Ballet Dancers with Nico Kolokythas ASCC PhD.
Nico is an accredited coach from the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and has over 15 years of experience in the athletic development of the adolescent in elite performance in a variety of sports (Judo, Netball, Basketball, Football, Taekwondo, Tennis).  He is also currently the strength and conditioning coach for professional martial artists in Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts. Based at Elmhurst Ballet School, U.K. he completed a PhD in injuries and the adolescent ballet dancer and also works as a consultant for Birmingham Royal Ballet. As part of his studies, he led randomised controlled trials in injury prevention in dance and has now developed an injury prevention intervention called “11+Dance”. Nico also specialises in the rehabilitation of overuse injuries in adolescents who are training at different sports, at pre-professional level. Since, 2014, Nico has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, in Science in Coaching, Motor Learning & Control and in the MSc in Dance Science. Instagram: @strengthmotionmind
May 30, 2020
Episode 9: Life as a Pro with Katie Deacon
This Episode of Life as a Pro features Katie Deacon. Katie is a Musical Theatre Performer originally from Scotland. Having originally pursued a career in Professional Ballet, Katie transitioned to the world of MT and has since featured in productions such as An American in Paris, On the Town, Cats and Mary Poppins. If you would like to get in touch with Katie she is easy to find on Instagram... @KatieDeacon92 Katie Teaches a Ballet Class on Instagram Live each Tuesday at 11am.
March 31, 2020
Episode 8: Life of a Pro with Gina Scott (SemperOper Dresden)
Welcome to our first Episode in the series of Life as a Pro. Amidst the global Pandemic in 2020 Science in Dance is aiming to bring you unique content that will enrich and enhance each day with motivation, insight and stories from the World of Dance and Performing Arts. If you would like to follow Gina on Instagram here is her handle @gine_the_ballerina
March 21, 2020
Episode 7: Q&A with Rupert
Flying Solo this week answering some questions sent in to Instagram. If you are isolated due to Coronavirus, get in touch and we can chat about keeping fit and healthy whilst taking a break from Dancing. In the mean time check out and instagram @theballetstrengthpro for private coaching and programming.
March 15, 2020
Episode 6: Stress, Team Cohesion and Holistic Lifestyle with Sy Wiggall (Head of Strength and Conditioning at Oxford University Blues Rugby)
Sy and I discuss Stress in all its forms and the two way street between Emotions and Performance. Instagram: @sywiggall
November 29, 2019
Q&A with Jodie Comer and Chris Taggart
A great chance to hear from other members of the Science in Dance Team! As we answer some of your questions.
July 29, 2019
Episode 4: Jumping Higher and Performing Better with Paige Rice (Biomechanics and Research)
Paige Rice is a Dance Researcher from Edith Cowan University.  In this episode Paige and I discuss her current research on the Strength and Conditioning Interventions she has performed on Dancers. This involves a 12 week training study looking into a variety of variables including Jump height in a Grand Jeté and changes in Muscle and Tendon properties.  A great intro to sport science for some and a fantastic insight into new research for those who are familiar with Dance Science.
July 17, 2019
Episode 3: Dan Lonsdale (Strength and Conditioning Coach and Consultant for Gymnastics)
This is episode features Dan Lonsdale. Dan is an experience S&C coach who is an expert in a variety of areas. Dan's experience spreads across a multitude of Sports, however, recently Dan has spent the majority of time in the world of Gymnastics. It is always an interesting conversation between Dance Healthcare professionals and Gymnastics. As there are a number of similarities in the cultures and artistic nature of the disciplines, despite the requirements of the athletes being quite different. In this episode we discuss: Screening, Culture, Coaching Relationships, Jumping and Landing.
May 14, 2019
Episode 2: Dr Nicky Keay - Endocrinologist and Sports Medic specialising in Dance
This episode brings you insight into the world of Hormones and their impact on Dance performance. Specifically Nicky discusses her research into Eating Disorders and Relative Energy Deficiency amongst Dancers and Athletes. She also talks about valuable the information for Dancers, Students, Practitioners, Parents and Teachers regarding overall health and the links between mental health, behaviour, performance and nutrition. Get in touch with Nicky at or View more Show Notes on
May 3, 2019
Mental Health Self Care and Performing Arts Culture featuring Terry Hyde and Connie Janes
Topics including: Mental Health, Injury, Stigma, Instagram, Mental Wellbeing, Dance Culture and Life as Dance.
April 28, 2019