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Trinity Laban was the first to offer an MSc Dance Science globally and today remains a vibrant, international hub for research and education. Read more
Trinity Laban was the first to offer an MSc Dance Science globally and today remains a vibrant, international hub for research and education. Our Masters is the ideal choice for increasing your knowledge of the body's possibilities and limitations, and investigating the science behind the artistry of dance.

Visit the website: http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/dance/postgraduate-programmes/msc-mfa-dance-science

Course detail

Our programmes explore interdisciplinary elements of dance science, such as physiology, biomechanics, psychology, motor learning and somatics. They explore the scientific issues underlying dance performance, technical training, and dancer health and injury prevention, looking at ways to optimise the body's performance, improve training techniques and enhance performer potential.

Format

Our carefully devised programmes examine qualitative and quantitative aspects of dance practice through a range of scientific disciplines. Application of theory to dance practice is essential at Trinity Laban, and Dance Science is no exception. Sessions frequently take place in the dance studio or involve practical and hands-on experience with testing equipment in the lab.

Dance Science can be undertaken as an MSc (one year) or, in a programme new this year, as an MFA (two years), with the second year dedicated to research. NB: Participants on the MSc programme can transfer to the MFA programme subject to application, and this should be discussed with the Programme Leader before completion of the 4 taught modules.

Year One (MSc and MFA)

Our programmes explore interdisciplinary elements of dance science, such as physiology, biomechanics, psychology, motor learning and somatics. They explore the scientific issues underlying dance performance, technical training, and dancer health and injury prevention, looking at ways to optimise the body's performance, improve training techniques and enhance performer potential. The programmes examine the qualitative and quantitative aspects of dance practice, introducing elements from a range of scientific disciplines and applying them to a dance context.

Year Two (MFA Only)

The second year of MFA Dance Science consists of the Extended Project module, and is characterised by self-directed research, experimentation, and reflection in the creation of a substantial and thoroughly researched piece of work. The MFA programme may only be taken full-time.

Career progression

Graduate destinations are testament to the integrity and quality of the Dance Science programmes. Year on year, graduates are successful at obtaining employment within the field as researchers, lecturers, consultants and dance science advocates, with several graduates now leading similar postgraduate programmes at other HE institutions.

FACILITIES

• Thirteen purpose built dance studios with the latest sprung flooring and large windows
• Laban Library and Archive
• Laban Theatre
• Bonnie Bird Theatre
• Cafe and Bar

THE FACULTY OF DANCE

Trinity Laban's Faculty of Dance is one of Europe's leading centres for the training of professional contemporary dance artists. Based in the RIBA-award winning Laban Building, in the heart of South East London's thriving arts community, Trinity Laban's Faculty of Dance is a creative and cosmopolitan community of performers, choreographers, teachers, designers and researchers, and is acknowledged internationally as a leader in the contemporary arts.

With one of the largest teams of specialist contemporary dance artist teachers in the world, our world class facilities include a 300 seat theatre, studio theatre and outdoor theatre, 13 purpose built dance studios and the largest dance library and archive in Europe.

We believe that contemporary dance has a vital part to play in everyone's lives. Our unique mix of energy and creativity advances the dance art form and fuels the dance world, connecting people to the exhilarating possibilities that dance offers. Our links with the professional dance world, local communities and other arts organisations ensure that an experience at Trinity Laban will be a rich and rewarding one.

How to apply: http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/how-to-apply/dance-applications

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The MA Somatic Practices by Independent Research focuses on the study of somatic practices and somatically informed movement practices in a contemporary and historical context. Read more
The MA Somatic Practices by Independent Research focuses on the study of somatic practices and somatically informed movement practices in a contemporary and historical context.

It offers practitioners a means of validating and accrediting their prior experience and professional training and an opportunity to develop and deepen critical understanding of specific somatic practices and how to conduct somatically informed research.

The programme will enable you to analyse, critique and articulate your somatic and/or movement practice in relation to current industry practices, protocols and conventions and situate your work within the U.K, European and North American field of somatics.

It offers practitioners a means of validating and accrediting their prior experience and professional training and an opportunity to develop and deepen their critical understanding of specific somatic practices and how to conduct somatically informed research.

In particular, the programme provides you with opportunities for developing an understanding of individual practice in relation to current trends, practices and opportunities within the wider fields of somatic and somatically informed movement practices.

For further information please contact Jane Bacon:

Where this can take you
This course is suitable for you if you are a practitioner with 3 or more years of professional practice and/or a diploma in a somatic practice such as Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy (IBMT), Body-Mind Centreing, Somatic Experiencing, Feldenkrais Technique, Alexander Technique, Tamalpa Practice, Yoga, Skinner Releasing Technique.

It will offer you …

an opportunity to reflect on your professional practice and prior training
time to deepen your understanding of your professional skills through research and scholarship
Professional Development
deepening your ability to articulate what you do in written and spoken form
a stepping stone toward PhD study
You will develop skills in…

Problem solving
Creative and critical thinking
Working independently
Research and the articulation of that research in writing
It will give you…

A qualification that will aid your membership to the International Association of Somatic Educators Association or other professional training organisation
Preparation for further study i.e. PhD or professionally-related qualifications.
Indicative modules
This course consists of 2 modules. Prior to beginning the course you will have your prior professional learning accredited. This is done through an interview, the submission of a professional portfolio and an essay (for more details see ‘how to apply’ below).

Module 1: Somatically-informed Research Methodologies

Aims: This module aims to provide students with:

a solid grounding in research methods, which will be of value in postgraduate study in the study of somatics and body oriented research projects, and will facilitate students’ development as reflexive practitioners;
strategies for research that is somatically informed (or practiced);
strategies for research that are appropriate to the study of the body as subject (eg. phenomenology and heuristics which focus on lived experience rather than on an object of study)
an understanding of how somatic practices might fit within broader cultural and discipline contexts, debates and practices
Module 2: Somatic Practices Dissertation

Aims: This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to:

work independently on a substantial written research project of your choice;
further develop their research skills in an extended in-depth investigation;
produce self-reflexive innovative research presented in a scholarly and professional manner.
situate your research in a broad context of somatic and movement practices;
develop and apply appropriate somatically-informed research methodologies relevant to your research
develop theoretical insights and awareness of critical and/or philosophical concepts relevant to your research;
Teaching assessment
Assessed through a portfolio of prior work/training, the completion of a Research Methodologies module (30 credits) and a Dissertation module (60 credits), the programme addresses the needs of mature learners and professional movement practitioners who seek to extend and develop their professional learning through Masters study.

The M.A Somatic Practices by Independent Research degree offers Higher Education study to professionals who may not wish to engage with a taught programme of study but seek to validate their professional training and practice through accreditation of prior standing and through the completion of a Research methodologies module and through the completion of a Dissertation project developed through independent study.

The programme will be of interest to those who have completed professional training existing outside Higher Education (examples of such trainings in the UK and internationally include: Body-Mind CenteringÒ, Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Skinner Releasing Technique) who seek flexibility of study.

The research methodologies module can be delivered in concert with the current MA Reflective Practice module and/or as a stand-alone module with flexible delivery (online, weekends, summer). Dissertation supervision will draw on existing staff research expertise and are normally delivered through a combination of face-to face tutorials, Skype, and email correspondence.

Applications & Course Pre-requisites
Application to the course is made by completing the online application form and completing the additional requirements as listed below. You will also be invited to attend an interview.

Your prior knowledge and skill as a somatic practitioner will be assessed prior to acceptance on the programme. This will take the form of an interview and the submission (prior to interview) of 1) a portfolio and 2) an essay.

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This is a unique, visionary and pioneering programme offering professional training in Dance & Somatic Movement Education. Read more
This is a unique, visionary and pioneering programme offering professional training in Dance & Somatic Movement Education. On the cutting edge of contemporary international practice, exploring the creative skills required to use movement with sensitivity, imagination and individuality, the course focuses on community facilitation. It offers the opportunity to study individual and group improvisation, kinaesthetic awareness and applied somatics philosophy to dance and movement studies. All sessions are taught in the spirit of self-discovery, non-judgement and reflection. The course develops somatic awareness with a focus on spontaneity, intuition and connection to others.

The MA Dance & Somatic Well-being course is taught on campus in Preston and has another section of the course taught in New York City, in the USA. Each section of the MA course covers the same course module content, and each course has unique dates, fee structure, and application process.

DBS CHECKS

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

MA Dance & Somatic Well-being is an Approved Somatic Movement Training Programme of the International Somatic Movement Education Therapy Association (ISMETA).

The MA course fulfils all the educational requirements needed to become a professional member of ISMETA. To complete the professional practice requirements students need at least 150 extra hours of practice, post graduation.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The programme is predominantly delivered through studio work, lectures, seminars, and tutorials. Given this is a body-based vocational course, most classes take place in the studio where creative ideas are explored through movement and other art forms. We provide a lively learning environment and encourage you to participate actively in all aspects of the course delivery.

Methods of assessment include workshop facilitation, essays and other written assignments (Critique of workshops and self-evaluation, Reflective Journal, Chapter review), class presentations and a research project.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Dance & Somatic Wellbeing: Connections to the Living Body centres on the lived-felt-body through explorations in the imaginal, sensuous, emotional, spiritual, and philosophical aspects of the body. This course sees somatic movement as a practical life tool through which to promote wellbeing, develop a more holistic sense of self, and a capacity to be in relationship with others and our environment. Sessions include group, dyadic, and personal explorations. Academically and experientially the course introduces students to the fundamentals of somatic practices and phenomenology.

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