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University of Chichester dancing on air as Dance Science degree first in the UK to be nationally accredited by BASES

Dance Science lecturers at the University of Chichester are celebrating their success after their degree course became the first in the UK to be accredited by BASES (The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences). Dance Science combines dance practice with scientific research approaches to examine what happens to our bodies and minds when we dance.

A relatively new discipline, Dance Science includes physiology, psychology and biomechanics as applied to dance practice. Students use this knowledge to help improve performance potential, reduce injury risk and enhance wellbeing.

Edel Quin, Programme Leader for Dance Science at the University of Chichester said:

“We are delighted to be the first undergraduate degree in dance science to become a BASES endorsed course. This is a testament to the calibre of our dance science programme, and the unique integration between Dance and Sport and Exercise Science. Our programme is a leader in this area of study and this endorsement, together with our existing CIMPSA endorsement and links to Safe in Dance International and the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science, ensures that we are providing our students with the knowledge and skills to meet professional and technical standards for success in dance, dance science or sport and exercise science professions.”

Students at the University of Chichester can choose to study either a 3-year BSc or a 4-year integrated Masters (MSci) in Dance Science. The course includes practical dance classes, laboratory sessions and exercise science modules. Students have the chance to work with tutors on their research projects, such as a recent project investigating the physiological demands of live dance performance with the professional dancers from Riverdance.

One former student said: “The lecturers at Chichester are incredibly inspiring and supportive of our education; we are always listened to, and no question is too small. I am very glad that I discovered Dance Science and am excited for my future and the development of my newfound passion.”

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