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University appoints celebrated performer to lead world-first BSc/MSci in dance science

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AN internationally-renowned dance scientist and former Riverdance performer has been appointed by the University of Chichester to lead its new undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in dance science.

Edel Quin, a former professional Irish and contemporary dancer, has more than a decade of international experience as a dance teacher, lecturer, and researcher. She joins from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London, where she was programme leader of the MSc and MFA dance science programmes.

The senior lecturer will lead the University’s new Bachelor of Science (BSc) and integrated master’s (MSci) programmes in dance science. The new offer combines the renowned expertise of the University’s Dance department and the Institute of Sport.

Ms Quin said: “The programmes responds to the wider aim of dance science which is to utilise scientific research in order to optimise the performance and training of dancers, while reducing injury risk. Students will examine the physiological, biomechanical, and psychological characteristics of dance training and performance, while also exploring the benefits dance can offer. The degrees are aimed at students with a background and interest in dance, but who also enjoy social sciences, PE, sport/dance therapy, or sport and exercise sciences.”

Specialising in the application of dance science theory and research to the teaching and practice of dance, Ms Quin has co-authored the popular academic text Safe Dance Practice. An Applied Dance Science Perspective, which has been adopted by dance courses internationally. She is also an active representative for numerous organisations, including the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), promoting excellence in dance science research and education across the world.

Ms Quin, who originates from County Clare in Ireland, brings a wealth of professional performance experience including touring as a lead dancer with the famed Riverdance from 1996 to 2001, a season with West End production The Shaughraun, and a year with Henri Oguike’s sister dance company H20.

Edel Quin will lead the University’s new Bachelor of Science and integrated master’s programmes in dance science

Her combined expertise has resulted in appointments at global institutions such the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, University of Wyoming in the USA, University of Bern in Switzerland, Beijing Dance Academy in China, and the University of Limerick in Ireland. She returns to Chichester having graduated from the University’s BA (Hons) Dance in 2004.

She added: “To be appointed programme leader for the first undergraduate degree in dance science is extremely exciting. While postgraduate research programmes in dance science have existed for over a decade, the development of this first undergraduate programme evidences the growing awareness of – and demand for – specialist dance science researchers and practitioners across the dance sector.

“The University of Chichester is known as one of the leading Universities for dance, and is also known for its programmes within its Institute of Sport. I will utilise the University’s existing legacy and expertise, combined with my subject-specific specialism, to create the go-to programme for dance science study.

“My vision is that University’s dance science graduates will be sought after to work alongside professional dancers and dance companies, to deliver on further and higher education dance programmes, and to bring scientific research-informed dance practice to every possible setting where dance takes place.”

Find out more about Ms Quin and her appointment at the University of Chichester at www.chi.ac.uk/staff/edel-quin. Alternatively for more about the new dance science degree programmes go to www.chi.ac.uk/dance.