Frances Clarke is the Course Leader for BA(Hons) Dance and
BA(Hons) Dance and Drama, and lectures on the undergraduate dance
programme and the postgraduate dance science programme.
In her career, she has worked as a professional dancer,
educator, and dance scientist, and these three areas influence her
teaching and research at the University of Wolverhampton. In a
performance career spanning over two decades she primarily worked
as a dancer and Artistic Director of Springs Dance Company. As a
trained secondary school teacher, she set up and led a number of
dance departments in the UK, and has worked as an artist in
residence and an educational advisor. Keen to develop her interest
in dance training and performance enhancement, she gained an MSc
(Distinction) in Dance Science and is currently working on her PhD
thesis: Static and dynamic balance within dance populations.
Frances has been at the University of Wolverhampton since 2004
and lectures on a range of areas including technique, repertoire,
dance science, choreography, Laban Movement Analysis, and
Labanotation. She supervises dissertations in dance science,
education and dance history and analysis, and lectures in
performance psychology at postgraduate level.
Frances regularly presents her research at international
conferences and has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed journal
papers. Frances is a member of the Research Centre for Sport
Exercise and Performance at the University of Wolverhampton.
Frances’s research interests primarily focus on the application
of dance science to enhance dance training and performance. In
particular, she is interested in the development of balance testing
and training for dancers. Other research interests include the
effects of dance footwear on stability, the use of imagery and
self- talk in dance training and performance, and performance
enhancement mentoring for professional teachers and artists.
Peer reviewed papers in
Frances Clarke, Dr Vicki Thoms, Dr Matt Wyon and Prof Ruth
Solomon (2010): Invited to chair the working session: Dance and the
Power of Aging: Embodiment at the intersection of nature and
culture. CORD/ASTR 2010 conference Seattle, WA, USA.
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