Katy Chambers

Lecturer in Dance Science

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Qualifications

MSc Dance Science, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education.

Background

Katy joined the Faculty of Education in 2015, having worked extensively in dance education in the private sector and in London-based vocational training settings. Her combined expertise in dance education and dancers’ health, as informed by her physiotherapy practice, has shaped her pedagogical approach, the focus of which is to help dancers to develop an integrated and embodied appreciation of fundamental anatomical and physiological principles that inform safe and effective dance and dance teaching practices.

At Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Katy works as a Senior Dance Specialist Physiotherapist, providing treatment, rehabilitation programmes, education sessions and dance injury screening in conjunction with the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) and One Dance UK. Katy is also a guest lecturer at London Metropolitan University, the University of Bedfordshire and Kingston University, delivering sessions on biomechanics, injury prevention and approaches to injury management and rehabilitation for dance and sport. Katy is also a fully trained equipment and advanced matwork Pilates instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute.

Teaching and Management

Katy lectures in Dance Science across the following programmes:

  • Programme Manager: Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching)
  • Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies
  • BA (Hons) Ballet Education
  • BA (Hons) Dance Education
  • BA(Hons) Dance Education Level 4 Coordinator
  • Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance
  • MA in Education (Dance Teaching)
  • Continuing Professional Development

Research Interests and Projects

Katy’s primary area of research interest is alternative approaches to flexibility training; her MSc thesis project explored the use of release techniques for hamstring flexibility in dancers. She also has a keen interest in supplementary training for dancers and development of practical methods for the teaching of anatomy and kinesiology for dancers and dance teachers. Katy has been commissioned to write a functional anatomy text for dancers and dance teachers (due for publication in 2019).

Conference Presentations

Presentation: ‘Meeting The Needs of 21st Century Repertoire’. Unravelling Repertoire: Histories, Pedagogies and Practices conference, Brisbane January 2018.

Presentation: ‘Movement efficiency for dance proficiency: An exploration of individual neuromuscular activation patterns and guided application of techniques to maximise movement potential’. International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) Annual Conference, Helsinki 2018.

2017
Presentation: ‘Pointework Readiness’. International Association of Dance Medicine and Science – Regional Meeting, May 2017.

2016
Presentation: ‘Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing: Profiling and evaluating impact on physical activity levels and quality of life in older adults’, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Annual Conference in Hong Kong, October 2016.

Poster: ‘Striking the balance: Dance as falls prevention for older adults’, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Annual Conference in Hong Kong, October 2016.

Panel Contributor for ‘What is Dance science and how it can benefit dancer education’, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, Annual Conference in Hong Kong, October 2016.

Dance For Lifelong Wellbeing full project report.

Panel presentation: ‘Assessing dance technique in higher education; The use of 2D motion capture biomechanical analysis tools for dancers’ self-evaluation and objective goal setting for technique progression’, Dance HE: Sustaining The Discipline, October 2016.

2015
‘A study of the efficacy of suboccipital release compared to proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation in hamstring extensibility in dancers’, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) Annual Conference, Pittsburgh 2015.

Professional Activities

  • Member: One Dance UK
  • Member: International Association of Dance Medicine and Science
  • Member: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Member: Health Care Professionals’ Council