Miss Claire Farmer


Miss Claire Farmer
NameMiss Claire Farmer
Job titleSenior Lecturer in Dance Science
Research institute
Primary appointmentSchool of Arts
Email addressC.Farmer@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9379-5719
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Claire is a Senior Lecturer in Dance Science at Middlesex University and an Early Career researcher, currently undertaking a PhD investigating upper body strength in dance. Claire’s academic research lies in dance physiology and biomechanics, alongside research into the impact of dance on the aesthetics and health of mature dancers and special educational needs (SEN). She is also particularly interested in the gender balance of medical and sports/dance science research and how this informs training practices.

Claire holds a BA (hons) Dance Studies with Drama, theatre and performance studies from Roehampton University and an MSc Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and is also a qualified Strength and Conditioning coach. Claire has worked extensively with UK dance and circus companies including All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre, Gravity and Levity, Pagrav Dance Company and Dance East CAT programme.

Teaching

DAN1411 - Module leader (mat cover), Intro to Dance Science

DAN2544 - Module leader, Postural Analysis

DAN3666 - Functional Movement Screening

DAN3677 - Module leader Dance Science Research Project 

MRes - Project Supervision

Employment

Lecturer in Dance Science
Middlesex University
07 Sept 2019
01 Sept 2023
Senior Lecturer in Dance Science
Middlesex University
01 Sept 2023

Education and qualifications

MSc Dance Science
11 Sept 2015
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
BA Dance Studies with Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
30 Jul 2006
University of Roehampton
PGCHE
07 Jan 2022
Middlesex University

Grants

Prizes and Awards

External activities

Journal reviewer
External reviewer
Journal of Dance Medicine and Science
https://journals.sagepub.com/home/DMJ

Dance Educators Committee
External committee
International Association for Dance Medicine and Science
https://iadms.org/

Research outputs

Strength training perceptions amongst vocational circus and dance students

Farmer, C., De'Ath, S. and Brouner, J. 2024. Strength training perceptions amongst vocational circus and dance students. Journal of dance medicine & science. 28 (1), pp. 37-42. https://doi.org/10.1177/1089313X231204164

Social value of movement and dance

Boardman, R., Balfour, A., Farmer, C., Hopkins, S. and Stamp, K. 2023. Social value of movement and dance. Sport and Recreation Alliance.

Relationships between dance, health and aesthetic performance in a company of mature dancers: an exploratory study

Farmer, C., Laws, H., Eldon, S. and Maliphant, R. 2022. Relationships between dance, health and aesthetic performance in a company of mature dancers: an exploratory study. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. 14 (2), pp. 197-216. https://doi.org/10.1386/jdsp_00084_1

Impact of choreographic approach on health and performance aesthetics in a company of mature dancers

Laws, H., Farmer, C., Eldon, S. and Maliphant, R. 2022. Impact of choreographic approach on health and performance aesthetics in a company of mature dancers. International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) 32nd Annual Conference. Limerick, Ireland 28 - 31 Oct 2022 IADMS.

Frequency of upper body muscular actions in ballet and contemporary dance performance

Farmer, C. and Brouner, J. 2022. Frequency of upper body muscular actions in ballet and contemporary dance performance. International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) 32nd Annual Conference. Limerick, Ireland 28 - 31 Oct 2022 IADMS.

Mental well-being and sleep hygiene in undergraduate dance students during the Coronavirus Pandemic: an exploratory analysis

Farmer, C. and Rogan, K. 2022. Mental well-being and sleep hygiene in undergraduate dance students during the Coronavirus Pandemic: an exploratory analysis. Journal of Dance Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/15290824.2021.2009122

Perceptions of strength training in dance

Farmer, C. and Brouner, J. 2021. Perceptions of strength training in dance. Journal of dance medicine & science. 25 (3), pp. 160-168. https://doi.org/10.12678/1089-313X.091521a

Women walking together: An exploration of space, place and female empowerment

Farmer, C., Sarah, S. and Navare, J. 2021. Women walking together: An exploration of space, place and female empowerment. Women Walking: Histories, Movement and Mobilities - The Cultural Capital Exchange. Online 22 Mar 2022

Prevalence of strength training for student and professional dancers

Farmer, C. and Brouner, J. 2021. Prevalence of strength training for student and professional dancers. Denver Live: International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) 31st Annual Conference. Virtual 21 - 24 Oct 2021 Denver Live

Perceptions of strength training in dance

Farmer, C. and Brouner, J. 2020. Perceptions of strength training in dance. Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries - Winter Research Conference. Middlesex University 10 Dec 2020 Middlesex University.

Dance Well evaluation report

Farmer, C. 2019. Dance Well evaluation report. London, UK Akademi South Asian Dance UK.
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