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Tower Seminar Series – Dance Science – Monitoring Professional Dancers
October 26, 2022 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Presenters: Edel Quin, University of Chichester
Chair: Dr Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain
Investigating the extreme demands of elite Irish dance.
The pioneering study joined the famed Irish production
Riverdance to measure the physiological exertion of
professional dancers. The aim is to help prolong careers
of performers. The investigation, led by Edel Quin at the
University of Chichester, aims to understand the physiological
exertion of professional dance to help enhance training and
prolong the careers of performers. Researchers from the
first-of-its-kind study are measuring the physical efforts of
the famed Irish production’s full cast during its UK-wide tour,
which is part of its 25-year anniversary.
Edel has over a decade of experience as a dance teacher,
lecturer, researcher and dance scientist, specialising in
the application of dance science theory and research to
the teaching and practice of dance across styles, ages and
settings. Her co-authored book, Safe Dance Practice: An
Applied Dance Science Perspective, was published in 2015
by Human Kinetics and has been adopted as a key text on
dance courses around the world. Edel has also published
numerous papers and frequently presents her applied
research at national and international conferences. She is
on the editorial panels for peer-reviewed journals such as
Frontiers in Psychology and Journal of Dance Medicine and
Science. Edel is a trained Irish and contemporary dancer.
Her professional performance experience includes touring
full-time with ‘Riverdance: The Show’ (1996-2001) as a lead
dancer. Other performance experience includes a year
with Henri Oguike’s sister dance company H20, a season in
the West End production of The Shaughraun (2006), and
performing at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics
Admission is free and all are welcome.