Dance Science Symposium 2021
University of Massachusetts Amherst
College of Humanities & Fine Arts
Department of Music & Dance
Spring 2022 Dance Science Symposium: We will post details for the 2022 call for abstracts by late June, 2021.
The 2021 Dance Science Symposium took place on Tues. - Fri., March 9-12, 2021, online via Zoom and was free of charge. Registration Form. Presented in conjunction with the "Beyond the Proscenium: Access" Dance Conference on Sat., March 13.
About the Symposium
The Dance Science Symposium is an annual meeting that aims to bring together dancers and dance scientists to discuss critical and emerging research within the field of dance science and medicine. Grounded in the premise that science is not separate from art, the symposium features original research conducted by professional dancers who are simultaneously active in the field of dance science and medicine. The panel of speakers will reflect diversity in praxis and theory with respect to their dance training and performance histories, as well as in their respective areas of scientific inquiry and expertise. Presentations will address pertinent questions related to dance training and performance in research, as well as illustrate novel applications of dance-based practices or interventions in community contexts and/or clinical populations. The symposium will culminate in a panel discussion on the current state of research in dance science and medicine, with space for musings and insights as they relate to the next steps and evolutions for research in dance.
The Dance Science Symposium 2021 will be hosted by LAB:SYNC (Director, Dr. Aston K. McCullough, Assistant Professor of Dance Science) and the Program in Dance (Director, Thomas Vacanti, Associate Professor of Dance) of the Department of Music & Dance, College of Humanities & Fine Arts, UMass Amherst. Registration =>
Schedule (Each session is 40 minutes, online via Zoom; registrants will select which session(s) they will attend)
Tues. March 9th, 6pm - Allison Seifert, PhD
Wed. March 10th, 6pm - Aviva Kornel, MFA
Thurs. March 11th, 6pm - Barry Parker, PhD and Jessica Sudock, PhD
Fri. March 12th, 6pm - Peggy Gould, MFA
Fri. March 12th, 7pm - Panel Discussion: McCullough, Discussant; Panelists- Seifert, Kornel, Parker, Gould
Presenters for March, 2021:
Allison Seifert, PhD
Central Connecticut State University
Presentation: The Science and Application of Fitness in Dance
Description: This presentation will review the basic components of physical fitness and how its development positively impacts performance, injury risk, and support for a long and healthy career for dancers and performing artists.
Aviva Kornel, MFA
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
Presentation: An Investigation into Duende and its Relationship to Flow among Professional Flamenco Performers
Description: This presentation will discuss the findings of Aviva’s graduate research. It will look at how professional flamenco dancers and musicians define duende and make sense of the experience. It will also examine how duende enhances performance and its relationship to a flow state.
Barry Parker, PhD
Presentation: The Importance of a Periodized Strength and Conditioning Program for Dancers
Description: In this talk, we will discuss the benefits of implementing a structured periodized strength and conditioning program in dancers. We will discuss current research and new data from our pilot study with collegiate dancers.
Jessica Sudock, PhD
Presentation with Barry Parker
Peggy Gould, MFA
Sarah Lawrence College
Presentation: Utilizing Functional Anatomy Concepts in Dance Training: Observations, Inspirations, & Notes from the Field
Description: The adage “knowledge is power” is potentially outmoded in its overly simple assertion and yet for dancing, it continues to hold some truth. When dance artists are provided with specific structural and functional information about anatomy in the context of movement, there is often notable improvement in technical capability and expansion of aesthetic range. This talk, intended for an audience of dancers, educators and scientists, provides an introduction including both anecdotal and practice-based examples.
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